Just a follow-up post to say that we’re here! We arrived last night, and promptly stumbled across a bartender who used to work in the town next to where we live (and who knows our regular bartender). Small world. We went downtown last night but didn’t venture very far or into Old Town; today, however, we were all over! It’s neat to see all of these places that you guys mentioned.
We went to Bahama Village and checked out Goombay, the street fair that starts Fantasy Fest. That was pretty cool, and I had my very first arepa (corn cakes with a cheese center). So yummy! We also went to the aquarium and got the tour/saw them feed the sharks, and I got to pet a nurse shark. We did a lot of walking – so much that my old sandals gave me a blister, and I stopped and bought new ones! I also got a t-shirt from the Hard Rock, because I have Hard Rock shirts from every city I go to that has one. We didn’t eat there, though: Hard Rocks are cool to look at, but I’ve always found the food to be mediocre and overpriced. We ate lunch at the hotel tiki bar, and had dinner at the Conch Republic Seafood Company. Right now we’re back in the hotel for some downtime, but will head back downtown in 1/2 hour or so in search of a new bar. I might suggest Irish Kevin’s to my SO.
We picked up a few charter handouts: we’re interested in a dolphin watch/snorkel trip, and a day sail on a “pirate” ship (the handout says we get to fire the cannons!). We’d also like to go on a sunset sail one evening. Good thing we’re here until Wednesday. grin Tomorrow we’ll be at The Sports Page (new bar, just opened in May) pretty much all day for the OSU game. We wound up there last night, and discovered that the owner is from Ohio and they get a decent OSU crowd! He recommended arriving early for a seat, so we figure we’ll get there around 12:30, have lunch, watch the 3:30 game, then go somewhere else downtown for dinner. We have no plan for after that.