|Adventure cruise ship in Portsmouth|
Turns out, the Bishop/McIntyres are retired Abbotsford doctors (now winery owners) and weirder, their son, David, was a student at our school while Glen and Pam worked there. She used to attend our Parent Advisory Council Meetings. Thankfully, he was a good student so we all had good memories of our connection!!! There are other parents that we would prefer not to meet.
We were invited for sundowners on their boat - but we had an important mission that couldn't be compromised.
Our dear friend Brianna has a friend Jeevan who is attending Ross Medical School in Dominica and we had made arrangements to meet with him and tour his locale.
So at 2PM, we met with Jeevan and he took us to Ross. Now, as you can guess by his name, Jeevan is normally more brown that we are... but at all the security stations we were asked if we were his parents and it just got easier to say yes. BUT NO, we are not sending him an allowance!!!
We had a lovely time with Jeevan... cool guy. The university is VERY impressive. It was a Saturday - no classes - but the classrooms, labs and library were jammed with folks pouring over lecture materials and notes. Jeevan tells us that the average age of students is about 27 so they are a mature group. There are about 90% from the US and 10% from Canada - probably some others areas as well. The facilities are first rate with High Def TVs everywhere, wifi, etc. The cadaver lab was amazing... and spooky. Someone could film a great sci-fi movie here.
We spent some time in some of the student bars but it was obvious that Jeevan had given up some valuable study time to be our tour guide so we gave up on buying him dinner and instead had a few beers and appies and headed back to the boat for an early night.
|Ross Football field|
|View from Champs of Portsmouth|
|Killer wings at Tomatos|
Sunday is the local "Boat Boy" BBQ and so we did boat chores until happy hour. We enjoyed learning about vistas south from "Spray" - our doctor/vintner friends until it was time to boogey.
The BBQ is a highlight! There is a great rum punch - this rum punch is a lot more than juice - lots of PUNCH. We met with "Jalan Jalan" - Jean and Wayne from Ontario on an IP 485. Very fun couple and they have connections in BC and Alberta - maybe we will see them there in the summers. The DJ was having a difficult time getting cruisers to dance... so, having spent years honing our ballroom dancing techniques, we tried doing the foxtrot to "Get up, Stand up. Stand up for your rights." We thought we were outstanding.
|Portsmouth Area Yacht Services BBQ|
|Captains exchanging techniques|
|Hey Buddy... down here... Can you spare a wing?|
|Michael Jackson puts a move on Billy-Jean|
|Not a bad rainbow!|
|Desmond guides us to Sea Cat's moorings|
|This has survived hurricanes???|
|This one didn't|
There is a West Indies vs Zimbabwe cricket match on Wednesday that would be a unique experience. We would be with Limeys (Jan and Richard from Morpheus) who could explain what is going on. (Stickey wicket - what, right?) I think these matches take several weeks, don't they?
However, we are starting to feel the pinch for time so we will head off for Martinique in the morning.