St. Martin Thoughts
St. Martin I think so far is one of my favorite islands I have visited minus the petty theft. All the locals speak French and English very well. The atmosphere is very European and reminded me of France. As we walked the streets they were filled with little cafs that had multiple displays of fresh baked breads, croissants, and a multitude of pastries that where full of chocolate and cream. As you walked you could hear conversations in the romantic French language even if it was an argument, “Shit sounded good to me!”. The streets where busy with taxis and motorcycles running around with tourists to bring them to all the very expensive French malls and shops throughout the city.
I have been finding myself more of an observer of the local people and the cruise ship tourists that flood into town for a few hours and leave in there wake stress, and high blood pressure for the local store owners. I am also stressed by the overwhelming sight of a cruise ship sitting at dock and I know I will be surrounded by thousands that are clueless. But I do enjoy watching people fumble around with no clue or buying all the tent market handcrafted items that where made in China, which I have seen on every island from Nassau to St. Martin, but in different colors. But I guess people have to eat and the cruise ship folks bring the bacon. Just wish they where better examples of Americans. I wish we could all get off the treadmill of the fast pace American life style we have accepted as normal. We need to slow down to enjoy the moment and not rush to pack as much things into a day as technology allows us. If we don’t we miss the simple joys of life and think by filling the day up is better than just enjoying the crap out of one thing!