Last year I went on an amazing and wonderful trip to the UK. This year I needed a new oven and the dishwasher needed repair and on and on…
So I am living vicariously through my children who are off on some grand adventures this annum.
My eldest just returned from a cruise of the Caribbean. The journey to and from was less than great considering she got stuck, both directions, at the Dallas airport.
The first stop, Roatan Honduras, made up for it though. As one of the few folks who got off the boat and went on a ‘non tourist’ hike with a local guide she was amazed and humbled by the locals and their way of life. The high school student who helped her tromp through the rainforest was inspirational – working 2 jobs, earning perfect grades and playing soccer in hopes of a scholarship that would allow him to go to college.
The story of Belize and its poverty was also remarkable. But also inspirational when you realize that this nation has a fully working healthcare system and a guarantee for every citizen that they will be able to own a home if they so choose.
The guide at Chacchoben during her stay in Mexico was a treasure trove of information. Did you know that the Mayans invented chewing gum?
The last stop was at Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas. Way too many people – but she said it was great for getting done all the homework she had neglected!
She says she will definitely go back… but without all the tourists next time.
If you would like to see (a lot) more pictures from this trip, you too can vacation vicariously at www.mceown.net.
More to come later this year as my middle child heads to Alaska…