Our last day in Anguilla

July 30, 2009 - 11:15 am Comments Off on Our last day in Anguilla

Our last day in Anguilla. Sigh.

When will I see these azure waters again? Sigh.

Will the silkiness of the white sand under my feet stay with me? Sigh.

How will I survive another Chicago winter? Sigh.

Well no time to waste then! After a leisurely morning of more sunbathing, beaching, and pooling, we decided it was time to test our adventurous spirits by going to Little Bay.

Little Bay is a tiny little beach surrounded by high cliffs of orange, yellow, blue, black sedimentary rock that is inhabited by soaring pelicans. The bay is also surrounded with coral reefs. It is famous for its heavenly sunsets and a rope that those adventurous enough can climb down to get to the secluded beach.

Jordan and I actually went for it although it looked quite daunting at first glance. I’m beginning to realize I have a real adventure bug in me especially if it has to do with hiking or climbing big rocks. Problem is, I am uncannily prone to hurting myself in the weirdest ways.

We immediately went for a dip as the sun began to set and being out there with no one in sight, dwarfed by those cliffs, with only the sound of the lapping waves, leafy winds, and bird song around us, I felt myself shrink into a humbled state. I was truly in awe of this place.

When it was time to go, we climbed back up the rope briskly and basked in an incredible sunset where the light shone on the ultimate vastness of the ocean. I was overwhelmed with emotion at this sight and we spent a long while in these moments.

Little Bay turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences of the whole trip.

After our spiritual indulgence, we were ready to enjoy our last meal in Anguilla.

We decided on Veya after much talk and debate, and I think we definitely made the right choice.

Get ready for an amazing meal…

Delectably crisp and chunky conch fritter amuse bouche

Bread basket – amazing pumpkin and banana breads and crusty chewy slightly sweet “Johnny cake” rolls (we actually asked for a 2nd basket!)

Moroccan Spiced Shrimp Cigars, Roasted Tomatoes, Spicy Apricot Sauce

Super juicy grilled skirt steak wrapped in lettuce cups

Vanilla Cured Duck Breast, Guavaberry Sauce, Sweet Yams, Spiced Pecans

Grilled Anguillian Crayfish with ginger buerre blanc, chayote flan, and local pumpkin

Chilled fruit soup with pineapple, Grand Marnier, and vanilla bean ice cream

Oh, Anguillian Crayfish! How I miss you so!

But the night was still young so after running into Phuong and Steve at Veya (they were eating before us ? ), we decided to meet up for music at Elvis’ and the Pump Room.

Turned out to be a really fun night of drinking MamaWanna (a special concoction of rum with herbs and who knows what else) and chatting it up with all the locals who, of course, we had run into several times throughout our trip. There sure were some characters, boy.

I’m convinced that if we would have stayed another week, we would have become part of the scene there. Clyde, Elvis and his blue-eyed partner, Scott from Frangi, our driver from Koal Keel – they all thought we were crazy for leaving.

Maybe we are?

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