After preschool yesterday, we loaded up the kids and headed to the northern, less urban part of the island. We were seeking a highly recommended, highly touristy location- Pineapple World. As the name implies, PW is a place devoted to all things pineapple. And if that isn’t odd enough, PW also houses a rather large shell museum.
But back to pineapples. PW starts with a tour (via Disney-style ride in a pineapple truck) of a pineapple plantation. I was so stricken by the constantly repeating theme song coming at me from every angle, that I missed the details of the tour, what I imagine was an in depth explanation of pineapple growing. The kids loved this part.
Next we made our way through the extensive shell museum (had no idea!). The kids also loved this part… maybe a little too much. Glass case after glass case full of meticulously labeled and displayed treasures from the sea plus curious little people equals parents with slowly rising anxiety levels. We got through with no major mishaps.
Next came the most interesting part. Vendors and samples of all sorts of pineapple products. Pineapple wine, pineapple vinegar, pineapple juice all no brainers. But pineapple chocolate, pineapple perfume, pineapple cake, pineapple pancake, dried pineapple, canned pineapple, chunks of pineapple, pineapple stuffed animals, stickers, t-shirts, purses, I’m seriously only scratching the surface here. And the building wound around and around in this dizzying maze. And the whole place was quite crowded. The kids zoned out about halfway into this section, and promptly began stirring up trouble. I zoned out about a second after them. Luckily, Elliot managed to keep us all moving through pretty quickly as the potential for disaster here was relatively high (each vendor had beautifully packaged, stacked merchandise at exactly kid-eye-level).
Then we sorta turned another corner, and popped back out into the daylight… where an ice cream stand awaited, selling what? Yep, pineapple ice cream! All in all, I would never in a million years have guessed that pineapple was such a versatile fruit. And I never could have imagined how an entire mini-theme park could have been built around this fruit (or any other fruit). In other words, our afternoon at PW certainly qualified as another entertaining and interesting cultural experience for us!