I haven’t been posting and I really don’t know why. I started to post a series on the South American cruise, which I will finish. I interrupt that series and fill this long vacant spot with a new post about life, especially April, in Cayman.
As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been away a lot in 2016; seven weeks to be exact. It was truly a pleasure to return home from a month away and find the loveliest weather. We have been here in April before, but not in a few years. I think last year at this time I was visiting in California, and the year before that I was probably packing up my house in Calgary.
The weather right now reminds me of April in Calgary. No, I don’t expect a snow storm any day now, but I really don’t know what to expect. We’ve had days where the air conditioning doesn’t come on much, and we’ve had days that remind me of the heavy, humid days of July and August. We might get a rain shower, or we might have a lovely, breezy day of relatively low humidity.
The evenings have been beautiful, and the bugs aren’t always bad. We drove home from an evening out with the a/c off and the windows open. We sat out last night enjoying a glass of wine with the neighbours. I can enjoy a swim any time of day; it’s not too hot at noon and it’s not too cool in the morning. We aren’t the only ones appreciating the island’s weather!
This season we kept hearing how quiet it was for tourists. Cab drivers weren’t busy in January and February. Our friend visited in February and we did not find the popular spots to be that occupied. March and April seem to be more promising for those in the tourism industry. Maybe the various spring breaks are a factor. Maybe Canadians needed some sun and sand to escape the doom and gloom of the current economy. I only know there are people and tourist buses everywhere. The beaches are busy and there are cruise ships every day.
By being away a lot of January, then March, we missed a lot of the regular island activities: Legends tennis, A Taste of Cayman, the Orchid show. We are back in time for some things, though. The drama society opening of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was last week. The musical is playing throughout April and as always, they are doing a stellar production. Slow food day is coming, and we’re seeing a lot of upcoming activities being advertised for the next two months.
April brings back significant memories here. It was in April five years ago that we came for a visit to look at real estate. By the time we left we’d purchased our condo. We came for Easter one year with our son, before he left home. It was our first Easter without our daughter, who was in the middle of exams at university. Last year, although we had already moved here, April felt like the start of our permanent life here. We’d spent several weeks in California and finally came home to get settled into a life routine here.
This April is a new start of sorts. I’ve made April my “30 day challenge to a healthier, fitter me” month.
Since moving here, we’ve fallen into some habits, good or bad. We have time to cook and to eat well. We enjoy our meals and our wine. I’ve tried to keep up a routine of workouts and swimming, but when I look back at what I used to do, I’ve fallen behind. Some of our friends had to lose their “cruise weight” but I had cruise weight and more. It didn’t help that we had a steady stream of visitors in the last part of the year. As wonderful as it is to show off our island, my workout routine suffered and we ate out more than usual.
This April is about finding ways to fit in exercise every single day. I don’t always wake up feeling like a swim, but will fit it in later, or I’ll try to do a workout, including weights and core exercises, that gives me the same overall benefits. I think I always eat healthy, but I’m trying to eat and drink a little less.
April is a month to ourselves. It’s a chance to get back in touch with friends and with acquaintances that could become friends. It’s a good time to catch up on appointments with dentists, physiotherapists, hairdressers. It’s a chance to prepare for the next wave of visitors, and to develop some good lifestyle habits before our next trip. It’s a time to enjoy whatever each day brings. In fact shortly after starting to write this post we enjoyed some random fireworks from Seven Mile Beach!