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Anguilla, Part 5: The Circle of Life

We only had two days left, and though we'd fallen in love with Coconut Palm, enjoyed hours of blissful beach time, and made lots of new friends (all of whom conveniently own metal detectors), the loss of my ring had admittedly cast a pall over an otherwise perfect trip. And so we decided to finish strong with a last lunch at Ocean Echo, because if a round of Rumzies cannot cure what ails you, then probably nothing can.

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I love Ocean Echo for its great food, friendly service, fun drink list, and of course that stunning view.

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They'll even "reserve" your favorite table while you lounge at the beach.

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But most of all I love that they will make you a big bowl of Kraft mac & cheese if you beg ask nicely.

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It was our last night on island, so we headed back to the villa to get ready for another dinner at E's, this time with Christian from FBI.

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After managing to make it into the correct building this time, we feasted on the lobster spring rolls, mushroom chicken, coconut-crusted grouper, and lamb shank.

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And, of course, a side of E's cheesy au gratin potatoes for me. That bowl of mac & cheese at lunch was just an appetizer.

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The next day was departure day, but we'd lucked out with a late afternoon flight and had time for a last dip in the pool.

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And a quick breakfast at Straw Hat, where Angel fueled up for travel day with the seafood frittata stuffed with lobster, shrimp, and local fish.

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Have you had the Straw Hat egg sandwich? It comes on a Portuguese roll with two eggs; bacon, sausage, or ham; and the choice of with or without cheese, which is no choice at all unless you have a life-threatening cheese allergy (and even then I'd suck it up just this once).

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Angel settled the bill while I took one last soak in the warm, clear water.

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Too soon, it was time to get cleaned up for the flight home. We arrived at the ferry dock duly prepared: Luggage, passports . . . rum punch.

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As Calypso sped off toward St. Martin, I thought ahead to the double-cheese pizza I planned to order for the plane ride home. (Yes, still more cheese -- might as well, er, double down on your way out.)

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More importanly, Angel and I made peace with the fact that my ring had actually come full circle, finally resting where it had always wanted to be after making a break for it on Shoal Bay during our honeymoon. Naturally, we'll always have to return to visit it.

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One of those visits will be this summer, when we plan to introduce my newbie sister and her husband to the island. And that's when it occurred to me that I've been to almost every government building in Anguilla: The post office, the hospital (three times!), Inland Revenue, and now even the police station.

That just leaves one.

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Hmmm. That summer trip is gonna be an interesting one. Stay tuned.
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Check back soon or subscribe here for yours truly roughing it in the bush in South Africa (sans ironing board!!); drinking homemade hooch in the Hudson Valley; enjoying a birthday blowout with my sissy in Brooklyn; and frozen-drinking my way around Delray Beach. Cheers!

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Posted by TraceyG 06:10 Archived in Anguilla

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What a fantastic wrap up. I look forward to your summer prison adventures.

by Carolee

I love all your blog posts but especially the ones about my favorite island! Home today with a sinus infection waiting for the storm to start (it's sunny in NYC right now??) but dreaming of my next visit to AXA in 3 weeks!!! Thank you for taking the time to put these together!

by Mary Margaret Callahan

Your ending made me LOL!!
E's Oven and Ocean Echo do not get enough love, they are both terrific.
Another beautiful report.
Thanks Tracey.

by EllenLV

Seeing your pics makes me sad we never made it to E' Oven - the food looks amazing there!! And btw,
on your next trip to Anguilla ...please skip the prison!! lol
Always a pleasure reading your blog!

by lorraine scolaro

Turquoise is the new orange, and Tracey, you would kill it girl! Have a great trip next month! Looking forward to your advance report!

by AP Duffy

Tracey,
Good call. Sorry to hear about the ring. You have made a positive out of it though, by forever having an excuse to go back and visit it!
Enterprising I say!! I loved the water pics, especially on a day that it is 3 degrees here.

by ToniP

ok that last pic cracked me in two! Ya know I almost landed there this past Nov. Crazy lady from Montreal accused me of tiefing on Meads down near Malli! Spent a couple hours at Police station! My Haitian friends tell me I'm lucky to have a hand. Oh and I locked my phone sim the first night I arrived and couldn't make calls. Hate Hate that I am now on the roll of suspicious grand tiefery ! Only in Anguilla! I love reading your stories and hope maybe someday somehow you will be reunited with you ring!

by Brenda aka Pyratess

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