All good things have to end

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Noon, May 1st and all our bags had to be packed and placed outside of the cabin, ready for the crew to take them down to the second deck where they would prepare themselves for our major disembarkment. The packed duffles, empty cabins and farewell parties were a sure sign that our voyage was nearly over - and so it was.

Yesterday, May 2nd we woke up to see our last port entrance. Many students had stayed awake overnight and were there to see San Diego appear on the horizon. It was both a happy and sad occasion to see mainland America again. Everybody was saying goodbye to their new friends and waiting to tell their parents and old friends about their voyage.

We landed at 8.00am and were welcomed by many parents who had come to San Diego to pick up their voyagers. For 2 hours the poor crew hauled our luggage out of the MV Explorer, before we were released in waves so that we could find our luggage and pass through customs. The Zimmer family and their luggage more than filled the Enterprise shuttle waiting to take us to our rental. A big SUV made to transport whole soccer teams.

First stop in San Diego was lunch in little Italy. Dianne was halfway through her lasagna when her cell phone rang. It was Enterprise I had left my backpack in their office. We have circumnavigated the world and I haven't lost a thing and then I go and leave my backpack with 4 passports, 1 laptop, 1 kindle and 3 external hard drives in the Enterprise office. Thankfully they called us before I noticed my stupidity and started panicking.

After picking up my not-so-long lost goodies we drove to Cabrillo National Monument to see the lighthouse we had seen on our way into San Diego, to look at the rockpools and take photographs of course.

In typical whirlwind fashion we walked through San Diego old town and drove to Balboa Park, where we walked through the rose and cacti gardens. Yeah, you are right all that walking made us hungry - hungry for Mexican food in the gaslamp district. We needed some substinance for our redeye flight to Washington DC (departure 10.30pm - arrival 5.55am)

I am writing this in Dulles Airport as we wait for the flight to Providence.

We will be home soon.
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