This past week marked the end of medical school here in Grenada for our good friends, Ben and Karen. To celebrate, we went out for dinner Thursday night to the University Club. Ben and Karen both won awards where the prize was a free dinner for 2 at the Club, so we enjoyed some of the most delicious food on the island - lobster tails, beef tenderloin, creme brulee, and chocolate mousse (along with various appetizers). I'm definitely sad to see them leave, but thankful for the time we had with them - all the grocery runs, dinners together, and help they provided as we moved here.
On the other hand, we are also extremely thankful for all the stuff they couldn't take with them when they left! We felt like little kids on Christmas morning as we went through bags of food, spices, household items, and books. Ryan now has 2 boxes of books for medical school, which will save him hundreds of dollars. I inherited various kitchen items, such as a cheese grater, a colander, a large skillet, mixing bowls, and my favorite, a French press coffee maker and coffee bean grinder! I also have new books to read, magazines to peruse, Christmas lights to hang, and a new blanket that matches perfectly with our duvet. We also inherited some kitchen/bath caulk from them, and I immediately caulked all the many cracks and gaps in our kitchen. It looks a million times better already! The next project is the bathroom, and then the many holes in our walls left by previous tenants. Ben and Karen also were so kind to give us extra contact solution, shampoo, soap, sun screen, and Tylenol. We won't be shopping for those things for quite a while! Another bonus was that with all these new items in my tiny little apartment, I had to do some major reorganization to make it all fit.
We truly feel so blessed to have such generous friends who provided us with so many things that, yes, we could have lived without, but will make my life here that much easier.