After the orientation, we headed off to the International Bazar for some duty-free shopping. I hit the cigar store to buy a Cuban cigar while Mrs. Mellow checked out some of the other shops. I think I've decided that Romeo y Julieta is my favorite Cuban. After a little bit, we sat down at a nearby indoor/outdoor restaurant for a conch fritter snack.
After our lunch, we headed back to the hotel to avoid the worst of the mid-day heat and sun. Lounging around for a bit was very relaxing. A little later, we headed out to the million-gallon pool. This was the coolest pool I've ever been in. They made it so it's like a beach -- sand comes right up to the water's edge and you can walk in about twenty feet before the sand transitions to the pool's concrete floor. They also had a water slide, which I had fun going down. The pool even had a bar that you could swim up to and get drinks from.
We stayed at the pool several hours, until it started to get dark, when they had a tiki-torch lighting ceremony. It was kinda goofy, but lots of fun. After the ceremony, we headed back to the room to change clothes for supper. We decided to check out the casino for supper, where I had another omelet.
It was getting late and I was getting tired, so it was back to the hotel for a good night's sleep in preparation for our day at the national park on Tuesday!