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Antigua

Yesterday was Trev and Carissa’s wedding. They exchanged their vows while the sun set and the “super moon” rose, it was a striking and beautiful moment. (more pics to come of the wedding and island, only can upload shots from my phone right now) I cried through the whole thing like a very proud and joyful big sister…I played “Lucky in Love” on the Uke for the ceremony, and danced and swam with the wedding party late into the surreal, starry, moonlit night.

Antigua is breathtakingly beautiful — the white sand and clear warm water is out of some glossy travel magazine. Jolly Harbor where we are all staying is pretty touristy, and now the wedding is over I want to try to get out and see the rest of the island. I have gotten to meet and talk to a lot of locals– Our cabbie Leon gave us a little mini tour as he drove us from the airport to our place and told us some of the facts: Antigua has a beach for every day of the year, and the island is only 12 miles by 8 miles so every one knows everyone (He would honk often as we past people on the streets…) He was born here and has not traveled anywhere — When I asked where he would travel, he told me somewhere very cold and snowy like Colorado! Terry who runs the little coffee shop called Starfish I go to every morning to get coffee and check email, gives me tips on taking the bus into St. Johns (the capital) and stories about Eric Clapton who owns a house right near where we are…

The currency here is EC (Eastern Caribbean) but every place takes US currency. The island seems very geared towards tourism and Sailing/Cruise ship visitors…We drive our little golf carts around within the villa area, avoiding the occasional “island squirrel” that runs into the road (the mongoose, which looks like a cross between a squirrel and a ferret) Nights are sweaty and hot and I lay in bed listening to the night birds that sound like a squeaky swing set. But over all it is not unbearably hot…There are always some clouds floating around keeping a nice breeze going, and even a few little warm rain showers here and there.

While I am enjoying the break from my usual life and loving the island, I still feel the dull ache of everything going on in the Japan, in Libya, the U.S — and feel an uneasiness at the obvious legacy of slavery and exploitation here on the isalnd, and the larger theme of exploitation in the larger world community that causes so much suffering. But I am trying to be in the moment and appreciate what is at hand. One moment at a time.

The quote I used in my wedding toast resonates in my mind today:
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is a spiritual experience of living every moment with love, grace, and gratitude.” (Denis Waitley)

I wish that for Trev and Carissa as they embark on their life together, I wish it for the whole world, I wish it for myself… I sign off with a big full heart, I miss everyone! I have more reflections and pictures to post…Soon! LOVE Brindl

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