Eleuthera Day 1

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30 May – After a fairly uneventful flight, we touched down in Nassau, where we met Dr. Coburn after a delicious lunch at Wendy’s. We had to wait a few hours for the puddle jumper that would bring us to Eleuthera, but there was an outdoor deck at the airport so we could sit and enjoy the sunshine. One twenty minute flight later, we arrived at Rock Sound International Airport. Baggage claim was a cart with everyone’s bags piled high; we were the only flight arriving that afternoon. We were met at the airport by Shaun Ingraham, the founder of One Eleuthera. This non-profit seeks to empower the citizens of the island by supporting local projects in five areas: sustainability, economic development, education, culture and heritage, and health and wellness. Emory’s School of Nursing is a partner organization of One Eleuthera, and with Shaun’s help, we will be getting not only an insider perspective on the island, but a chance to contribute to and learn from their mission. After this introduction, we piled into the van that would take us to our “home” in Tarpum Bay.  The views from our porch definitely make up for the long day of travel. We took a few pictures, checked out the beach, and then headed up the island to the main town, Governor’s Harbour, for their weekly fish fry. Before we got there, we stopped at the Eleuthera Cancer Center, where we saw their food garden they have been working on as an initiative to encourage healthy eating among the citizens of Eleuthera. There was also a breast cancer presentation going on, so we stayed for part of that. Once at the fish fry we got our first taste of the chicken, fish, and rice that seems to make up much of the local diet. It was delicious, even if I wasn’t exactly sure how to eat a fish head. After the food, there was a limbo contest and a dance contest, which one of our nursing students won! By the end of the evening, everyone was very tired from the day and we gratefully headed back to our beds to prepare for the next busy day!

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