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Spraining your ankle is high on the list of things to avoid while on vacation. But it happens. When it happened to my wife just before leaving Antigua for St. Kitts, we were fortunate to have a considerate LIAT agent arrange for a wheelchair at both airports. A friendly cab driver helped with the bags and our hotel cheerfully gave us a ground floor room, ice for Ellen's ankle and a cane. From the terrace of our room, leg elevated and iced, we watched the lights of Basseterre wink on.
Any plans we'd had for adventuresome fun were off, but we were not going to let that matter. This was our Caribbean vacation and we intended to enjoy ourselves. With lots of ice packs (provided by the hotel whenever we needed them) and soaking in seawater, Ellen's injury improved. We swam in what we referred to as our private lagoon. Uncomplicated island time pervaded our days. In the morning we watched cruise ships, container carriers and the occasional sail cross the horizon; at twilight, sipped rum punches while romantic sunsets blazed and faded as the lights of Basseterre once more shone softly above the sea.
Sometimes simple things really are the best, although sun-filled days on palmy beaches may be stretching the definition of simple. The unexpected down time was soothing. We were in a tropical paradise; all we had to do was enjoy it. We did.
Eventually Ellen's condition improved to the point where we were able to take an island tour in a van, meet a vervet monkey, marvel at the Black Rocks, be sobered by the grim magnificence of Brimstone Hill and exhilarated at the view overlooking the southern tip: Atlantic waves crashing on one side, tranquil Frigate Bay on the other. An unforgettable dinner capped off our last night and we were forced to console ourselves by remembering: you can't come back if you don't go away.
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