Memory #4: Rum Punch & Cheetos

A few years back, I was lucky enough to get invited to vacation with my best friend Sondra’s family on Tortola in the BVI. Growing up, I went on many a Hamnquist family vacations (they’re like my second parents), but this was the first time I was invited to tag along as an adult, so needless to say, I was beyond excited to soak up the Caribbean sun with Sondra and her folks.

The whole trip was wonderful, but the best day—probably one of the best days of my life actually—was when we took a day trip on a catamaran called the Aristocat from Tortola to Jost Van Dyke. We spent the day sailing around in the most beautiful, clear blue waters, swimming, snorkeling—and of course—making a stop at the infamous Soggy Dollar Bar, where I had my very first taste of a Pain Killer, or as I like to refer to it: the most delicious and magical drink of all time ever.

As if drinking Pain Killers in the tropical sunshine wasn’t perfect enough, when we swam back up to the Aristocat (you literally have to swim to the Soggy Dollar bar, hence the name), we were greeted by Captain Steve, who was quick to offer us rum punch and Cheetos.

That’s right…rum punch and Cheetos. 2 of my most favorite indulgences ever. Win. You’d better believe I spent the whole trip back to Tortola consuming unnecessary (and amazing) amounts of both.

Hello, dream life.

Me, Sondra, and her dad at the Soggy Dollar Bar

Me, Sondra, and her dad posing in front of the Soggy Dollar Bar

Sondra and I on the Aristocat

Sondra and I on the Aristocat

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