Monday, February 21, 2011

going away again

It's finally time for Andy and me to go away together. Last June we won a cruise in a contest sponsored by the businesses in old Port Moody. To enter, we visited a dozen stores and restaurants in our neighbourhood. Owners and managers were there to talk about their businesses, offer free samples and giveaways and get to know the people in the neighbourhood. At the end of the walkabout we turned in our passports for a prize draw. Mine was drawn and now we are off on a cruise. Thank you to the Port Moody merchants for your wonderful businesses, and for the great prize!

We had a choice of destinations. We decided to fly to Miami and sail to Key West and Cozumel. It's a short cruise - just 4 nights, but it will be an awesome adventure. Neither of us has been on a cruise. I don't think it would be my first choice of vacation if I was booking. Still, it will be great fun and a new experience.

Being me, I have been researching our destinations, our ship, and cruising in general, so we can get the most out of the experience. Andy researched and booked the flights and hotels. We'll drive to Seattle Saturday morning and fly out mid-day. We have a couple days at either end to enjoy South Beach in Miami, and we've booked a snorkel trip for our afternoon in Cozumel.

It feels weird to me to go so many places in such short time this winter. I guess that's just the way things happen. We'll probably travel a bit more when Fiona goes away to university. She'll mostly come home on her breaks, but I'm sure we'll want to visit from time to time. I guess this is the beginning of a new phase for us. Still, I don't think I'll be flying far away three times in two months again any time soon.

I am grateful for our good fortune, and for the wonderful opportunities that present themselves to us. Life is sweet.

question: where are you going?

mompoet - not packing again yet, but soon!

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