giving thanks for my new and unusual life

yesterday was thanksgiving... but it didn't feel like it one bit.

I've been on this island for three and a half weeks now and time has seemed irrelevant all the while.

The island stays hot all year, give or take a few degrees, which makes me think its just permanently August. Our version of the season change you all are experiencing is merely a diminished threat of hurricanes and a little less humidity. But I can't complain, and I honestly prefer it.

For my unconventional Thanksgiving, my best friend and I rode the local bus (known as a safari) from our gorgeous view at Sapphire beach over to Crown bay, where we enjoyed our favorite greek yogurt and waited for our groups of tourists to arrive from off their cruise ships. I got my group on my catamaran and amber got on hers. My crew and I pushed off the dock, put away the fenders, lifted the sails, and took off to turtle cove. We led snorkel tours and swam with sea turtles and pretty fishies. I free dove deeper than ever to pick up a conch. We served rum punch to happy strangers and danced. Then we said goodbye to our new friends and cleaned the boat with a couple brewskis in hand. Back on land, me and amber and a few of the castaway crew hitchhiked over to a friends bar on the beach where we feasted on a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner while watching the sun set on the water.

It was unusual being away from all of my family for the first time, but I didn't mind as much as I thought I would. I've created a new family here in St Thomas. That's what I'm most thankful for this year.