Subway in St. Maarten

No, they don't have an underground mass transit train service in St. Maarten, but they do have a Subway restaurant. Evidently, KFC is big in the Caribbean. Not sure why, but there you have it. But they have Subway as well.

I'm not really a big Subway fan. I think it's one of those pregnancy things. When I was pregnant with Maddie, we ate at Subway quite a bit and I just hit the lifetime quota. Enough Subway for me. However, sometimes life requires eating at Subway, which is fine, I suppose. Here is what I wonder, though. Why and how do all Subways smell the same? Anytime in any state of our great country that I have eaten at or even just passed by a Subway, the smell in the place is exactly the same. It's a unique smell known only to Subway. I just have to walk near one, and the smell materializes. The smell is not bad, really, but it's not good, either. It does not make me scream, "I must have a sub sandwich from this restaurant!"

So, we went in a Burger King in St. Maarten (don't was just to use the bathroom) and it did NOT smell like a Burger King in America. You know the chargrilled hamburger smell. I'm not sure what the St. Marteen BK smell was, but it made me want to go to the bathroom and then make a quick exit. This whole experience left me wondering, a couple days later as I walked toward the Subway door, if the ever-present American Subway smell would greet me. I think you can guess what happened. How do they do that? Does each restaurant receive a Subway air freshener with their store-starting kit? It just blows my mind, and honestly, if they could improve their smell, I might be inclined to eat there more.

Okay, so I know I said I would post pics on here, but I was thinking all of you were on Facebook and could see them there. The more I think, though, a few of you come to my mind who aren't on FB. So, I'll try to put a few pics on here as well...another day when I'm not about to fall asleep. But here is my hangup about posting the pictures. Most of the pictures we took are of the beautiful parts of the island that attract tourists. However, when you become a missionary there, you spend your time living and ministering in the dirty, poor, third-world country parts. So, I really don't want to hear all the comments like, "Oh, you poor thing. Anyone would want to live there," and, "What are you complaining about? The place is amazing!" or ,"I'd go in a heartbeat." I just don't have many pics of the other parts because I was inside buildings there or speeding past in the backseat of a tiny car down narrow, scary roads. We did try to get a few on Chris's little camera, so maybe I can put some of those out there, too. Just a warning: I may scream not very nice things at you if you make any comments like the ones I mentioned above. But I'll do it with love in my heart, I'm sure. :)


  1. It's got to be the freshly baked bread smell.

  2. It's the bread. They all bake the same bread from the same recipe. I can't believe you don't like narrow streets and choas. It's so charming to me! It's like...there aren't any rules to follow so you just get to make your own way. I mean, there are roads and pathways, so the bare bones of a system are in place and that's all you need! Okay, I won't say it.


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