I know that basically my life right now is one long weekend. But the difference between that and the real weekend, is that Ryan has a little more free time Friday-Sunday and we actually get to spend some time together. Here is a little bit of what we did this weekend.
This semester Ryan doesn't have class on Fridays, so I count that as the start of the weekend. However, this past Friday, he had a field trip to the nutmeg factory, so he was gone most of the day. Did you know that Grenada produces 20% of the world's nutmeg? And in case you were curious, Grenada is called The Spice Isle because it is a major exporter of additional spices such as cinnamon, ginger, mace, allspice, and cloves. Here is a picture he took of a nutmeg.
He spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening studying and then went for a run. For dinner, we got a pizza from the snack place on campus. It's about a 2-minute walk from our apartment. They have a really good Hawaiian pizza that we like. We watched a movie while we ate, which was something we haven't done in quite a while. Also that night, some friends of ours had a housewarming party, so we went there from about 9-11pm.
Saturday morning we slept in a little bit and then went to the beach. Ryan hasn't been to the beach in a couple weeks, so this was a nice break for him. On the way back to campus, we stopped at the grocery store. I usually go to the store during the week by myself, but I can only carry so much with me. So I always appreciate when Ryan can come and we can bring a little more back with us. The nice thing is that it doesn't cost me anything to make an extra trip to the grocery store - the bus from campus to IGA is free, so I could go every day if I wanted to!
That afternoon Ryan worked on a group project for a few hours and I relaxed in the room. Around 6:30 we met some friends and headed to La Luna, one of the nicest resorts in Grenada, to celebrate a couple birthdays. Although it was dark when we got there, the resort looked amazing! I've heard it's right on the water and the view during the day is incredible. They also have an outdoor lounge with a pool, couches, and a bar area.
The restaurant is open-air and is under a thatched roof. The food was expensive, but so good! I had a pumpkin soup appetizer and the sea-crab linguine entree. Ryan had the sirloin and the best tasting tiramisu EVER! There were about 30 of us there, and at the end of the meal, the waitress handed us the total bill and made us split it up among everyone. We were responsible for adding in the tax and tip and then bringing them the total amount. I thought that was interesting. It definitely took about 45 minutes to do all that. After dinner we took a drive with a couple friends and scouted out banquet locations for the MPH dinner in July. Never hurts to get a head start on planning!
Today we again attended Westerhall Berean Bible Church. But this time we drove with our new friend Roy. He is a member at the church and also works on the maintenance staff here at St. George's. He lives just a half-mile or so from school, so he volunteered to bring us to church each week. We've really enjoyed our time with him. The service this morning was a blessing. And we were able to observe the Lord's Supper this week. After church, Roy drove us through Westerhall Point, a gated neighborhood with some huge homes. I wish we had brought our camera with us!
We got back to school around 2:00, and Ryan again met for a group project at 3:00. I was able to get our laundry done this afternoon. I also had plenty of time to make dinner tonight.
On the menu was a sirloin tip topped with sauteed mushrooms and red onions (not pictured), garlic-cheddar mashed potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, and spinach salad with green onions, caramelized walnuts and fresh raspberries. I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting a little bit and cooking a real dinner! The raspberries are usually around $9 for a little container like we would buy at home. But yesterday, for some reason they were on sale for $1.10! I couldn't pass that up, so I bought a couple containers, and they were delicious! We also had chocolate pudding with whipped cream for dessert.
And so ends the weekend. Tomorrow it's back to reality. For Ryan that means 9 hours of class. For me, going to the pool, working out, shopping, and cooking dinner. I love medical school!