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Day 4 in the Bahamas : I’m not as young as I used to be
March 4, 2009, 2:08 pm
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This morning our original plan was to go to the One and Only Resort (see Casino Royale for an example) to tour the resort and see their gardens. Unfortunately, it turns out that the resort isn’t exactly open to those who aren’t staying there. So Plan B was to head to Nassau and take a look at the downtown area and maybe grab lunch.  Now there are three ways to get to Nassau from Paradise Island (where Atlantis is located) without having your own ride; walk there (which would take forever), catch a ride there on a bus or taxi and, lastly, take a water taxi. So being the reasonable people we are, we of course took the trip on the water taxi.

Nassau was a fun town, it’s a pretty much a town setup for the cruise ships coming in with some high end shops, some shops more for tourist and the world famous Straw Market. We didnt hit the Straw Market, though that seemed to be the place to get an imitation Coach bag. When it came to lunch time we figured we could hit either the Hard Rock or Senor Frogs. Normally we would have gone to Hard Rock, but somehow we ended up at Senor Frogs (neither one of us can remember who suggested it or why).  We sat inside and then realized that a group of Spring Breakers from NC State had taken it over.  One hour, some chicken tacos, a quesadilla and two really really strong margaritas later, we walked/stumbled out and realized that the safest way for us to return to the hotel was via a taxi.

We wrapped up the afternoon grabbing some sun at the pools. I took a could of laps on the Lazy River and then decided to try one of the Intertube rides. This is where the title of the post comes (well that and surviving Senor Frogs). After climbing up four or five stories to get the top of the Power Tower, the ride down took about 10 seconds and possibly lead me to bruising a few body parts and swearing I wouldn’t go on it again.

For dinner we went to Nobu to get our fill of good sushi. The meal was excellent and we had a great relaxing time. By the end of the meal we were ready to crash for the night after a long exciting day.

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Day 3 in the Bahamas: It’s Cold and Kristen makes out with a Dolphin
March 3, 2009, 4:19 am
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This morning we woke up to a cold, cloudy, windy day at Atlantis. The breeze was coming in off shore and the temperatures were in the 60’s. After breakfast we walked out to see some more of the resort (apparently we missed an entire tower from yesterday).  We also checked out the Harborside area, which has nice shops and apartment complexes. It kind of sucked because once the clouds moved out and the sun started shining, the wind stayed and continued to freeze us. Actually wished I had brought a windbreaker to help deal with the frigid winds. 

After lunch, we changed into swim  suits and headed down to the Dolphin Cay area for our Shallow Water Interaction. This was an opportunity for us to play with dolphins and learn more about them and conversation efforts to protect them.  We had a great time interacting with the dolphins and how the trainers cared for them and interacted with them to perform tricks. Below are some pictures of our adventures, hopefully tomorrow the weather will be a little better!



Greetings from Atlantis
March 1, 2009, 2:09 am
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Finally got tired of the Michigan winter and decided to head to the Bahamas for a few days on my Winter Break from the MBA program.  We flew in from Detroit earlier today and are staying at the Cove Atlantis, which is one of the side hotels on the Atlantis property. We spent most of the afternoon walking around, getting our bearings for things to do over the next few days.  The hotel is really nice and the weather is awesome!  Below is a picture of Kristen in the area of the Royal Towers by where the Bridge Suite is (if you were one of the five people who saw After the Sunset you’ll recognize it). The goal for tomorrow is to enjoy the rays before going to try Mesa, Bobby Flay’s restaurant at the Atlantis.

 

Kristen at the Atlantis Resort

Kristen at the Atlantis Resort

Just one more note, even though its a Saturday and all, we saw 3(!) couples getting married. Two on the way to the hotel and one couple just after the ceremony at the Atlantis. Hopefully the good luck extends to the casino!