Botanical Gardens and Tandoori Food

On this day we took a tour of a Botanical Garden and saw some of the most gorgeous plant life in the world.  There are so many tropical flowers that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, it was stunning! 
  After the Botanical Garden, we took another tour.  This one was all about chocolate!  We saw the process of making chocolate from the weird, podlike fruit it starts out in,
to roasting of the beans.  They even do a sacred dance over them to make them taste better and OH. EM. GEEEEE. I think it’s working because chocolate is the friggin’ bomb.  
That night after the tour we went out for amazing Tandoori food at a place called Razmataz.  I ordered fish korma which was INCREDIBLE and for dessert Alex and I split the aptly named Himalayan Ice Cream Sundae.  The thing was probably taller than me… though that’s not saying much.

Mud People!

One morning for class, we headed off to the Folk Center in the city of Castries.  We listened to lectures from some of St. Lucia’s most renowned people and then we all took part in a drum circle.  It was amazing, and our “classroom” for the day overlooked some of the most gorgeous views in the country.  For lunch we were given complimentary chicken roti, and for the first time ever, I tried tamarind juice, which was, despite my reluctance to try it, delicious.  For the rest of the trip I drank tamarind juice any chance I could get! 
Later in the week, we traveled to Soufrier, a town in the heart of a volcano.  We visited a museum that sat awaiting us at a flight of seemingly endless stairs (Alex said, and I quote: “these stairs were created by Satan!”) and stood so close to the volcano we could see smoke rising from the center.  We also took a mud bath in the hot springs which everyone suggested trying.  They say it takes ten years off your life, and considering people always think I’m 12, I guess I now look like a fetus? Sweet.  
We pranced around the bath, covering ourselves in mud and taking tons of pictures. The smell of sulfur accompanied us the whole way home but it was soooo worth it.  

Dinner in St. Lucia

On one of my favorite days in St. Lucia, my best friend and awesome travel buddy, Alex, and I decided to go out to dinner at this restaurant right on the beach.  We’d been staring at the dinner options for days and we figured we should actually try it out instead of drooling all over the menu every day.  So, we got all dolled up, walked the 20 minute trek from our villa, and made it to the restaurant, starving and sweaty, only to discover dinner would not be served until 6:30… it was 5:00.  
So, what the heck were we supposed to do for an hour and half?
I realized,…I had my camera, she had hers, we just spent a good year in front of the mirror getting ready… we gave each other that best-friend-telepathic-i-know-exactly-what-you’re-thinking look: photo shoot time. 

So yes, for an hour and half we romped around the gorgeous hotel that the restaurant was connected to, pretending we actually stayed there and that we weren’t just two broke college kids waiting for food.  And as we always do, we had the time of our lives!  But when we finally sat down to eat, our hunger came back full force and we couldn’t wait.  
And when it came, it was worth every second of the wait.  Amazing, amazing AMAZINGGG meal.

 I ordered a lamb stew, which was my first time ever having lamb.  It was topped with raisins and shaved coconut, absolutely stunning.  For dessert we had passion fruit creme brulee and hazelnut cheesecake.  Soooo yeah, i basically died and went to heaven that night.  
As we were leaving, our new found bartender friend invited us to take some pictures behind the bar.  Our photographer went rogue and wouldn’t stop, and we laughed hysterically, he captured some of my favorite memories on the trip. 🙂 
Ahh St. Lucia, I miss you so much.