An Island in the Sun: A Photo Diary

Last month, my passport gained its first stamp, my bucket list gained a lot of check marks, and I gained a major sunburn (along with the most amazing Spring Break to date).

In the midst of a seemingly endless winter, my friend, Rebekah, and I sat in a crowded post office filling out paperwork for my passport. While waiting in a line that stretched on forever, we chatted away about plans for Spring Break that, honestly, seemed far fetched at the time. With a blizzard in full force outside, any visions of her sunny home in the Bahamas seemed impossible. But a couple weeks later, with passport and plane tickets in hand, I was stepping out of an airplane onto the soil of a new country.

Stepping into a warm paradise was the perfect way to wash off the winter blues. The Bahamas are also a perfect fit for Rebekah, because both are filled with the most positive, sunny energy imaginable.  And what better way to explore the island than with a tour guide who has lived there her whole life?

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With beautiful blue skies above and crystal clear water below, there wasn’t a single time that I didn’t feel like I was floating through a postcard.

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We spent one day out on her boat and adventured towards an island with the most incredible water. The ocean was so calm and colorful that it seemed to be practically glowing in broad daylight. After donning a pair of goggles and one hundred layers of sunscreen, we jumped into the water and I instantly felt like a mermaid. We swam so closely alongside groups of turtles and fish, that if I reached out my hand I could easily touch them. Below our feet were coral reefs filled with even more brightly colored fish, sea urchins, and anemones. The entire experience was surreal. IMG_3062IMG_2136IMG_4639

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For the entire week, my life got so much more colorful. The Bahamas were buzzing with just the right amount of vibrant energies and tropical music to make anyone feel instantly happier. I’m already counting down the days to the next pina colada, coconut drinking, snorkeling, dolphin filled adventure. I can’t wait to get back to an island in the sun.

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Also, Rebekah just started her own blog! Go check it out and leave some love. citiesandwaves.wordpress.com

~Madelynne Catherine

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