Pinch me, I think I am in heaven!
Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
80Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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Our bags are weighed, the extra case is noticed and we consider ourselves lucky we only have to pay $25 excess in view of the fact we look like a couple of Sherpa’s about to climb Mount Everest (in Florida going to the Bahamas!?!) with bulging computer and hand bags, carry on cases that will burst at the seams should they be bumped and check on cases that were they not made of space age material, would surely explode.
A short 35 minute plane ride and we touch down at Lynden Pindling International Airport, on the island of New Providence, Bahamas
There are around 700 islands making up the Bahamas, with Nassau, New Providence, its capital. On entering the immigration and customs hall, we are greeted by a singing band – the likes of which would not have made the auditions for Australia’s Got Talent (substitute Australia with your country of residence).
Beatrice greets us in the arrivals hall and we are whisked away to paradise within the gated walls of her residential community – Lyford Cays.
Adolfo is at home with their children - Veronica and Nicholas, and is barbequing large organic veal chops for our welcome lunch.
Whilst it was planned to spend a couple of days sailing the Bahamas on their newly delivered Salina 48 Evolution, the winds and seas were not in our favour. Instead we bicycle, walk and golf cart around the community
Time melds into a single span and before you can utter the words “I am in heaven” it is the morning of our departure day. Adolfo has departed for Miami on the first flight of the day for business, Beatrice must attend work in her new role as Company Partner and the children are taken to school with the timing precision of the Swiss. We are left alone for a final morning of sun and sand before golf carting back for a departing lunch cooked by their home help Patty, before being driven to the airport by Gilbert (their other home helper).
We clear US immigration and customs at Nassau airport (a convenient treaty arrangement between the two countries) before boarding the small turbo prop aircraft back to Fort Lauderdale. The pilot is Bahamasair’s first women pilot captain (and probably one of just a few in the world).
At Fort Lauderdale we arrange for the free hotel shuttle to pick us up and we retire for the night with the exciting anticipation of tomorrow’s cruise commencement from The Everglades Cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale.