Friday, November 30, 2012

Packing Again

It seems like ages ago we were sailing on the Marina in the Aegean.  Now we're off to the Caribbean.  Vacation is a great term for it--I'm ready to vacate these premises for awhile, not to mention vacating body and mind (I'll leave the soul intact).  It's been a stressful six months with new ankle and new job, but change is an opportunity for growth and hopefully, the growth will be in the right direction and not towards senescence.  I'm looking forward to a little beach time; it'll be only our second time in the Caribbean.   Of course, this is an Avoya Conference, so we're going to have to make time to relax in between all the rah-rah.  We have a special dinner planned for Wednesday night to celebrate our upcoming 40th anniversary.  Any advice from those who have done this itinerary will be appreciated.

One would think that going to the Caribbean from a mountain town in the winter would be an improvement in climate, but we've had so much warmth and sunshine this fall, we don't feel the need to escape from snow.  Hopefully, there'll be lots of white stuff on the ground when we return. Looking at the map above, I'm wondering about the possibility for heavy seas.  I talked to a client who had just returned from a similar itinerary and she mentioned a rolling ship.  I've got a good supply of Altoids for the tummy's sake.

We're sailing on one of Holland America's newest ships, the Nieuw Amsterdam.  It carries about 2000 passengers, which is a little larger than I prefer.  I'll tell you all about it when we get there.  First, to Albuquerque tomorrow and a very early morning flight (6:00 a.m.) on Sunday morning.  On the bright side, we won't have to watch the Cowboys stink up the field on Sunday evening.

Bon voyage!