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New Blue Sandcastle Upgrades

You might have noticed the upgrades we did to the pool deck before the start of high season. We added more shade and also added dining tables for up to 20 guests. Along with that we also got new sun lounges for you to enjoy the ever shining Caribbean sun while you have the cool breeze blowing over you. Let me tell you a secret: The new lounges are also perfect for star gazing! You might even see a meteor! With the new lights around the cabanas the pool deck also makes the perfect spot for a late night pool party. However, our main new item this high season is the enormous dining table we got! Look at that table! And we can even expand it more! The dining table comfortably seats 20 guests. It really makes it easy for a huge group to enjoy a social time together. It is also perfect for when we cater and make dinner or breakfast to our guests. For weddings and celebrations we can also rearrange the table …

Visit from Norway

In October we had our second visit from Norway this year. My mother and sister came all the way down to celebrate Halloween with us and explore the islands. Above is the classic “Drake’s Seat” tourist photo. Enjoy some more photos from our short visit! All the photos are taken by my sister, Anne Marthe. Check out her blog for more photos! Next on our list was a stop at Mountain Top to enjoy some more spectacular views of the islands. Sophia was thrilled to see her aunt again! The second day of the visit started with pumpkin carving and Trunk or Treat at Sophia’s school. The entire family got dressed up as vampires! The weekend ended with a celebration of Øystein’s birthday with friends and family. (We really love how the new pool deck turned out!) Nova is relaxing after an exciting day filled with fun in the sun. During the visit we also had to show them the beautiful old passages of Charlotte Amalie. The picture above is from Palm Passage. A stop …

Recipe: Very Vanilla Donuts

When living in Norway I loved to bake. Sophia especially loved donuts, and we did a lot of donut baking. The very vanilla donuts were made when we had a visit from our Minnesota cousins. I really wanted to bake them something typical American and donuts seemed perfect. These donuts have real vanilla seeds both in the dough and in the glaze. The dough is made with yeast and set to rise for light and airy donuts. For the recipe: 2 tsp dry yeast 1 cup sugar 1 1/4 cup warm milk 1 stick melted butter 1 tsp vanilla paste 1 tsp cardamom 1 pinch of salt 1 egg 5 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour canola oil for frying round cutters Glaze: 1/3 cup warm milk 1 ts vanilla paste 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar Heat the milk up first. The milk should be finger warm. Mix in the vanilla paste in the milk. Mix sugar and yeast in the mixing bowl. Add the milk. Let is stand until it starts to bubble. Mix flour and spice together. Mix …

Cruz Bay – St. John

Cruz Bay on St. John is very easy accessible from St. Thomas. If you are going on a day trip you can take the ferry from either Red Hook or Charlotte Amalie. You can get around on St. John on the Safari busses or take the car ferry if you need a car. But for just a day in Cruz Bay you don’t really need a car. Cruz Bay welcomes you with a white sandy beach with pastel coloured shops and houses. Close to the docks you will find several bars and restaurants along with cozy and small shops. Take a walk down Wharfside Landing for some shopping. Stop at Joe’s Rumhut or the Waterfront Bistro for some refreshments. The view from the bars and restaurants are great! When you have explored the waterfront shopping and dining it’s time to head over to Mongoose Junction for some more shopping.  Along the road over here you will find several small and bright coloured shops. St. John is great for getting local art and handcrafted items. You will …

CARNIVAL!

The first weekend of May held the annual St. Thomas Carnival. This is a great festival filled with fun, colors and music from morning until late night. On Wednesday there is a food fair with tons of flavors, Friday is the children’s parade and Saturday is the big day with the adult parade ending with fireworks at Waterfront. The market place is filled up with people, both tourists and locals.There is a lot happening all the time; music, dancing… You really get to see some of the local traditions. The children’s parade is great fun to watch! Look at that head piece! What to eat? Try out some local juices and food! Definitely get a Johnny Cake and some Passion Juice. Eat baked Tamarinds for dessert. When to be there? Go to the food fair on Wednesday around noon. For the Children’s Parade and the adult parade on Friday and Saturday it’s best to be in town around 11.00 am. The carnival village with rides, bars, fast food etc. usually opens around 6 pm every …

Quick guide to St. Thomas

Finally we have a direct connection to Scandinavia. Norwegian did a press release a week ago stating that they will now have direct flights from Scandinavia to both Puerto Rico and St. Croix. We are less than 30 minutes away from both islands (by plane). Prices are as low as NOK 1690,. one way (US $200). St. Thomas – a  quick guide on who, what and where St. Thomas combines the natural beauty of the Caribbean with an urban atmosphere. The VI’s capital, Charlotte Amalie, is the most visited port in the Caribbean and boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. From here, you can go anywhere! St. Thomas had something for everyone; world-class shopping, tons of adventures to explore, for the sports-minded, St. Thomas is well known for its world-class yachting and sport fishing, and welcomes golfers to Mahogany Run Course. Where to stay? St. Thomas offers a varity of hotels, villas and condos! Endure in five star luxury at one of the big resorts, or rent your own villa with …

Sunday on St. John

Yesterday we enjoyed a wonderful day at our neighboring island; St. John. We took the car ferry over to Cruz Bay. We were lucky enough to see dolphins in the marina before the ferry left!  First we stopped at Mongoose Junction for some luck and shopping. Then we headed over to Leinster Bay to snorkel with a scenic drive along the coast and beaches. After a 30 minute hike we came to the beach. We were rewarded with turtles and even a stingray when we first came under water. St. John is beautiful! We are looking forward to our next visit! Here is a little clip of our trip to St. John made with our GoPro – Hero 4 Silver.

Getting to St. Thomas

After a couple of days in New York we finally arrived on St. Thomas last Wednesday. We stayed very central at The Muse Hotel (Kimpton Hotels). This allowed us to take the dogs for a stroll in Central Park. Before 9 am all dogs are allowed off leash. , Being a bit jet lagged; breakfast in Central Park was great! The Muse Hotel was fantastic! The dog got their own beds and pet bowls. Vito and Luna enjoyed themselves a lot being treated to the super dog (very important pet) treatment. Wednesday morning last week we headed out to JFK. Mid-day we landed on St. Thomas. The dogs love the beach and the sea just as much as we do! We go for both morning and afternoon walks on the beaches. A favorite is Vessup Beach. Today is Luna’s 1st birthday and we’re all headed out for the beach now. Before we left Norway we were so lucky to get sponsored by GoPro! Her is a clip we filmed right before packing up our house. …