1. Heat, this is a new kind of heat, not opening an oven door type heat, but opening the door to a sauna type heat. The swimming pool, far from a relief is now the temperature of a second hand bath - tepid.
2. Wet, so much rain over the last few weeks, flooded roads, pot holes and mosquitoes everywhere.
|Summer in the Cayman Islands!|
3. Hurricane season, we're now in the peak time for hurricanes in the Caribbean. Woo.
4. 47% of residents disappear off island, OK the stat is a wild guess, but where is everyone? The roads are dead, the bars and restaurants are quiet. This seems to be the preferred time to leave once school finishes.
|A George Town road in August|
So what else do we do during the Summer months here?
We grow our rum collection for one. I've always been a Scotch fan, but in the heat it's just not quite as appealing. Of course, rum is the drink of choice here with hundreds of types to choose from. I can highly recommend a bottle of Kraken a lovely dark spiced rum. Add to lots of ice, crushed lime and top up with Ginger Ale - jobs a good'un.
We have camp fires at the beach. The beach by South Sound Cemetery, whilst a bit rough for swimming, is great for walks and the occasional fire. It's very quiet, expansive and beautiful. Take a few camping chairs, a cooler full of beer, some marshmallows and go searching for fire wood. There is something quite comforting about a fire, even though it's hot enough without one!
We go to brunch (sometimes). Whilst Kim prefers Tukka and Luca for brunch, I find the occasional binge at XQs is the way forward, for $40 (£30), you get unlimited food and booze, this includes wine, beer, spirits and cocktails, whereas all of the other options tend to restrict the alcohol to sparkling wine. Though the food isn't up to the standards of the other brunch venues, it's a great lads alternative.
We're looking forward to September, get the kids back to school, the residents returning, though of course there's still the threat of a tropical storm to worry about!