The excitement is increasing and the remaining time is decreasing. This week will be one consumed mostly of making the final preparations for Lilliam’s and my vacation of a lifetime.
Thanks to a post on a local blog, I learned about a one way cruise leaving Colon, Panama and terminating in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. 14 days with a seven day stretch that is only the Atlantic Ocean. No TV. Limited Internet.
We will spend two days in Palma de Mallorca before heading to Rome for seven days. From Rome we will go to Madrid, Spain for four more days. All good things come to an end and Spain is followed up by a long 10 hour flight from Madrid to Panama City.
I have made arrangements for a good friend to post any U.S. Embassy notices that may come up while I am gone. I will ask the Embassy to contact other Wardens to cover the David area while I am gone. Do them a favor and stay safe and watch out for each other.
Other than potential ACS messages, I will try to post short posts at various times on the trip, but they will not include any photos. When I return I will recap our trip. Hopefully it will only contain good times and no bad times. However when one is gone for a month, you have to expect the unexpected. I am planning on living the Jame’s Dean thought that is the top of the blog.
One sad thing happened. I had thought that Natalie, Lilliam’s daughter was going to be able to accompany us on the 14 day cruise portion of the trip before she returns to China. However, her China paperwork has not been able to be completed in time for her to go. I had purchased her RCCL ticket and I am now learning that the canceling of tickets and getting the refunds is much more difficult than purchasing them in the first place. I had purchased trip cancellation insurance, so it will just be a matter of time.
Tomorrow I will call all of the credit card companies and tell them that they should expect charges outside of Panama. I need to take Koki to get her groomed and ready for her vacation away from me. Luckily she will be with Natalie, so she will be content. I will try to complete the paperwork to get Natalie’s refund and I am going to order a Greenburg Turkey to be sent to my Uncle for his 95th birthday. Sorry I can be there Uncle Horace. The last thing I will do tomorrow is buy the Air Panama tickets to Panama for Saturday. Sunday is the day we set sail.
As of this post, there is seven days, 1 hour, 45 minutes and some seconds until our appointed time at the ship Grandeur of the Seas. This is not my last post before we leave, but I am setting the stage.