You Have a Memory on That Day

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// Part 2 of 7 //

During our “US, Caribbean cruise & Mexico” trip, every time I checked my Facebook account, I was taken back to our last US trip due to the frequent “on that day” notifications. Here we are again, a year later, pulled to the other side of the world as if by a magnet.

However, nothing is the same… different destinations to discover and no Facebook posts: last year some of my friends  requested to follow my trip on Facebook so I was keen to oblige and actually relished my established routine.. I usually wake up early, much earlier than the hubby, so I’d have my coffee, check my WhatsApp and Facebook messages and dutifully send the mandatory replies. It was a slow and peaceful way to start the day…My friends felt they were with us and were happy about it, the hubby felt my friends were with us and he wasn’t happy about it !! He jokingly complained “throughout the whole trip I’ve been feeling that it was me, you and your friends”.

Did I miss this whole routine? Not really…I thought I’d miss the excitement felt with each post and comments but strangely though I’m not.. however I’ll definitely miss having Facebook chronicled memories of our latest adventure!!!

US, Caribbean Cruise & Mexico 26 April – 14 May 2018 
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Saint Kitts – 1stMay 2018
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Saint Kitts – 1stMay 2018
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Saint Kitts – 1stMay 2018
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Saint Kitts – 1stMay 2018
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Sint Maarten – 2 May 2018
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Saint Martin – 2 May 2018 
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Saint Martin – 2 May 2018 
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San Juan Purto Rico – 3 May 2018
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San Juan Purto Rico – 3 May 2018
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Labadee Haiti – 4 May 2018

Definitely, This Trip Was Meant To Be

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// Part 1 of 7//

Part of being grandparents is that you can’t pick the dates of your holidays anymore: you have to choose them according to your children’s holidays as there might be some babysitting involved. Once you receive the seal of approval you can go ahead and proceed with your bookings.

We followed the protocol and once we had the green light, we got the US flight tickets early on in order to secure our “dates” with the kids and to prevent any change of mind from their part. However, due to some circumstances WE had a change of mind and decided early in March to reschedule our trip and plan it for September instead of May.

However a laid back attitude from the hubby’s part led to the following situation: with only three days before we were due to start our journey as per our initial plan, he  called me with the News :

”Either we stick to the original dates or we go for one week only in September!”

For me it’s a no-brainer…My inner Speedy Gonzales showed up and showed off her skills apologized for all the RSVPed invitations and managed a marathon suitcase packing while the male version, Speedy Sam, matched the rhythm and in the blink of an eye booked us the internal flights, the hotels  and a cruise in the Caribbean.

So throughout this journey, we had a daily ritual: a recurrent topic of conversation..We were stuck  in a state of disbelief and happy about the way everything worked out despite our initial reluctance : if Samih thought of changing the dates earlier, if he succeeded when he tried it later, if he didn’t secure our accommodation of choice on the cruise ship (the last one available),we wouldn’t have been there !!

Definitely, this trip was meant to be…