Harbour Island Traditions: Part One
When you’ve been vacationing in the same place for thirty years, you develop a lot of traditions. It seems like year after year, we end up doing the same things…eating the same meals…wearing the same clothes…drinking the same drinks…
You get the idea. Here are just a few of our Harbour Island traditions:
Goombay Smash upon arrival:
I can’t share the recipe with you—it’s a family secret. But I can tell you that it has lots of alcohol. Light rum. Dark rum. Coconut rum. Brandy.
Oh, and a splash of juice. Just to keep things classy.
Conch fritters are also a first night tradition:
Dipped in a classy mayo/ketchup sauce. You can’t beat that.
And speaking of classy:
…we keep it pretty casual around here. Pants are always optional. And so are shirts. And underwear.
That’s not to say that we can’t get fancy every once in a while too, of course:
Hanging out with family is the name of the game:
…and speaking of games:
Backgammon is our game of choice. Five dollars a game. But nobody ever seems to pay up.
But it’s not all fun and games:
We have to get work done too. Like hanging laundry. And making pies:
Yep. I made another one. Lemon cheese pie. Kind of like a cheesecake…but ridiculously easy. In fact, most of our meals here are ridiculously easy. Toast for breakfast:
Cheese toast for lunch:
And whatever gets served along with the goombays for dinner.
Of course, for all of the Harbour Island traditions we love, occasionally you have to break with tradition and do something unprecedented:
Like watch TV. The TV here stays locked in a closet (I’m not kidding). My grandparents bought one years ago to watch one of the elections when they were down here in November, but other than that, it’s never been used…until Monday night.
Oh, Ashley. I wish I could quit you.
Thanks for letting me share some of our favorite vacation traditions! Do you have vacation traditions of your own?