Leaving Cayman

Trip Start Jan 23, 2006
Trip End Jan 31, 2007

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Monday, January 23, 2006

We left Grand Cayman today, after 2.5 years of living large, enjoying life to the max and grabbing with two hands all that Cayman had to offer. We will miss all the friendships, sports and experiences that Cayman provided us with. We made so many wonderful friends, who I am sure we will remain friends with for many years to come.
It was an emotional last few days, with a huge farewell party down at the rugby club on Friday night. As expected things got well out of hand, with everyone putting in a great effort to obliterate themselves. There were all sorts of activities, ranging from the crazy to the downright ridiculous, including but not limited to Harkus Krakus, arm wrestling and buckle whipping (with flag poles and metal bicycle pumps). There was also the obligatory "yard of ale", which seemed more like 10 yards when going down. When all was said and done, it was a great "crack", and a fitting send off.

Today involved the last minute packing, and the last farewells. It was pretty emotional saying goodbye to all the people who have been such a close part of our lives over the last few years. Caymans best attributes can also be it's worst, in that the community is so close that you tend to see everyone at least 3 times a week, so there really is no getting away or anonymous living. For the most part though that is great, because everyone I have met in Cayman has been fantastic to spend time with.
After being dropped off at the airport, we checked in, which took all of 5 minutes, and then got set on learning Sudoku, which seemed so easy from the instructions, but has us both scratching our heads and demolishing our only eraser for all the corrections we are making. Soon we will be experts though - we have time on our side.

The flight to Miami was uneventful, and after we breezed through customs, we now find ourselves staring down the barrel of a an 8 hour wait for our connection to Santiago. We will be passing the time watching DVD's on our little traveling laptop, so it shouldn't be to bad with classics like Old School (anyone wanna streak through the airport with me?), and Napoleon Dynamite (have you taken that Boeing over any sweet jumps yet? I think you got about 30,000 feet of air there!).

We are both very excited to get this traveling underway, and sitting at Miami we still don't feel "into" it yet, but I bet that as we touch down in Santiago, all that will change. It is with great excitement, and the required amount of trepidation that we embark on our travels - There are sure to be many trials and tribulations, ups and downs and we are looking forward to embracing whatever experiences we are confronted with.

Nag ou groote
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