Sweet Summer Recap, Part 1

Hello Everyone!

I’m back and I know it’s been a while since my last blog post. But, I’m busy living life and that’s the important thing. SO much has happened since May, so let me dive right in and highlight the summer events.

Jesse made it through his exams which consisted of late nights, early mornings, gallons of coffee, biochemistry formula chanting, head-desk banging, and zombie eyes – for BOTH of us.

Exhibit A

Jesse’s evolution of studying began on the balcony until the sun started to set. He would then bring in his desk and start the whole process over again. (Notice that he stole my favorite coffee cup which I graciously sacrificed.) I made him a breakfast of champions – fried eggs with cheese, bacon, and kiwi – on the day of exams. The last picture is of Jesse walking out the door wearing his “lets-get-this-over-with” face. He came back after 6 hours. Needless to say, he was exhausted.

But afterwards, we decided to celebrate at our favorite joint Coconut Grove. If you are curious about their menu, click here.


Once that ordeal was over with, we decided that it was time to finally relax and explore the island. Jesse and I had not been to the South side, so we asked Leron who owns Lewis Bus Tours and Taxi Service to give us a tour of Shirley Heights. I would highly recommend him if you are a future student coming down to AUA; he is  friendly, reliable, and has a great wealth of information about the island. His prices cannot be beat! You can contact him on his WhatsApp number +1(268) 728-5556.

It took about 45 minutes to go from the north of the island to the southern part. The  view of the mountains and the houses dotting along side of them are pretty spectacular. Anywhere we drive, it always feels like being on a roller coaster, as the road constantly shifts up and down.

We took a ton of pictures, but here are some of the best ones.

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While the first semester brought its challenges, I would not change a second of it. We figured out where to buy groceries and when is the best time to go, what to cook on a strict budget, how long to keep the AC running, the safest spots to run, the smartest way to study, the fastest route to AUA, how to keep the ants and HUGE water bugs at bay, the prettiest beaches and so much more. We have learned the tricks of the island while managing to navigate through the first months of marriage. I’m so thankful for these memories full of love, tears, sweat, island dust bunnies, power and internet outages, crowded buses, late night Fred’s Ice cream, sun screen, mosquito repellent, and just the excitement of the unexpected on any given day in Antigua and Barbuda. I love you Jesse!

Sweet Summer Recap, Part 2 on the way!




1 thought on “Sweet Summer Recap, Part 1”

  1. Lovely blog so far! It’s so wonderful to hear insight directly from the people going through this. I’m currently waiting to hear back from my interview with AUA and I was wondering if you would be willing to make a blog post elaborating more on the things you have learned since semester 1 (ie: specific tips on how your husband has learned to study smarter, how to be conscientious of AC/electricity, nest places to get groceries affordably, life hacks in Antigua, etc)? Really appreciate it! 🙂


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