Finishing as we began
The best part of this adventure has been that we started it and finished it in the company of dear friends. One of the attractions of the Explorer cruise was that it would enable us to catch up with those on both sides of this vast country; people who we don’t see so very often but where we simply take over where we left off, however long ago it was we were together.
Yesterday, we laughed, cried and talked non stop at home with Jane and Allan. We remembered funny times which will stay with us forever. We shared stories of more recent travels and caught up with news of family and friends.
We ended the day with a wonderful dinner at Kaluz, arriving in the dark so not noticing the waterside location until a huge yacht pulled up outside. As we have done rather frequently during the last few weeks, we said our goodbyes and promised to see one another again soon, on one side of the ocean or another.
Waking up in Miami this morning, one last time, we acknowledge that now, we are ready for home. We’ve deliberately left a great modern art museum to visit today, before we drop off our rental car at the airport and begin the return journey.
Hard to imagine how eager we are to swap palm trees and sun loungers for ice, cold winds and dark February days. Not so hard to imagine that when we factor in seeing our family, wearing different clothes, sleeping in our own bed and normal life, whatever that might be.
Because, part of that is having a lovely family and home and friends to return to, isn’t it?