At the end of Day 1, we settled in to our newly constructed and furnished apartment quite nicely and had a little shindig to celebrate our arrival in Antigua. Next morning, after waking up pretty late, lounging around, Rohan and Nishant set out to rent a car for the duration of our stay, from the Airport. Unusually for Antigua, it rained pretty heavily during the mid-morning to mid-afternoon period! The rental car apparently stalled on the way back due to battery problems and Rohan and Nishant were completely drenched by the time they got everything set. The Aussie neighbors took these two to the Airport and helped 'em out!
Late afternoon, we decided to go to St. Johns and check out a restaurant called "Roti King" which serves sort of Indian tasting food. We walked around a bit after that, caught the game between Ireland and England at the B-Hive, obviously rooted for Ireland only to see them not quite manage the run chase. After some more walking around and enjoying the scenes, we got back to the apartment to get ready for the night!
We took directions from our delightful host Lionel to get to English Harbour which has quite a night life. We decided to go to a bar &restaurant place called "Abracadabra". For some it turned out to be pure magic!! :D Oh boy! How the fortunes and fun on this trip turned so dramatically after that visit to Abracadabra! One of the funniest thing we noticed was, "Bar open 5 PM - Late". We later found out that late = last customer! Excellent!
Our neighbors also came along with us to English harbour! Nishant as usual hassled some of the women at the restaurant while getting dinner! Post-dinner, we were told the place gets hopping around 11 PM and boy, were they right! Nishant and I, after a round of Irish car bombs were feeling pretty good and were generally having a good time on the dance floor.
One little peeve though! The bartenders typically do not know to make shots and not-so-mainstream-cocktails. So, we had to settle down for the usual suspects! While having a chatter with a bartender, we were told about an outstanding establishment few doors down,, whose motto is, "whatever gets you through the night, its alright". Thanks John Lennon! Nishant and I stopped by there and also look for Rohan, Aditi and Golu! They had gone for a walk along the harbour! We all got back to Abracadabra and the magic started to happen, at least for Nishant! (More on this later). During the course of the night, I got sick and the neighbors were very gracious to take me home while the rest of the crew stayed back! It was past 2 AM or so and I promptly hit the bed as soon as I got back, so that I could be ready for the game next morning between Australia and Bangladesh!