|Sunrise in Guadeloupe|
10 things about life in Guadeloupe:
1) Animals everywhere, all the time: throughout the day you hear animals... frogs and insects in the trees, birds calling, cows from small farms, and other noises I've never heard before (example: a strange grunting sound, which turned out to be a warthog). Also, you need to be on the watch for these little suckers... it's called a scolopondre and I found a mini one crawling up my arm today. When you see it, you can't move or they'll sting you.
2) The heat: most days reach over 100 degrees F, and because we're fairly close to the equator the sun is hot.
3) Living outside: in this heat, you stay outside under the shade of the patio for most of the day... we eat all meals outside and only really go inside to shop and sleep.
4) Waking up early: the sun rises at around 5:30am, and it pays to wake up with the sun to enjoy the cooler part of the morning.
5) STINGING SEAWEED: as I discovered the hard way on the first day at the beach, poisonous stinging seaweed does exist. On my first swim in the sea, I felt some long tentacular strands on my arm and a stinging sensation... needless to say I thought it was a jellyfish and was terrified. I still have some faint scars in the shape of the seaweed "tentacles" that stung me... super badass lol.
6) Wearing my bathing suit all day.
7) Eating coconuts and avocados every day... the coconuts are fresh from the backyard!
8) Not making my daily schedule for myself, and instead going with the flow.
9) The generosity of others: on my first day here we passed a group of Guadeloupeans packing up their car after a picnic. They had extra fruit (a native fruit of Guadeloupe... don't know its name but it's a bit like a lychee), so they gave us a few bunches!
10) No makeup, no fuss.