Leaving on a Jet Plane

Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
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Trip End Oct 18, 2012


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Howdy folks,

I can't say that the last 2 days have been the most interesting, but they have been important in wrapping things up here. Our last few days of life in North America are drawing to a close and as we woke up yesterday morning, things felt different than before. After checking out of our hotel in South Beach, we took a short walk up Ocean Drive past a few more art deco buildings to the Lincoln Street Mall. We got on a bus at noon and travelled back to Fort Lauderdale. 2 buses and nearly 4 hours later, we finally arrived. We were planning to make dinner for the family to say thanks for letting us stay here, but we ended up going out to dinner instead.

First Matt and I took Kailee and her cousin to the park where there was a big birthday party going on complete with bouncy castle. For a pair of 2 year olds, I guess that is like winning the lottery and it was hard to keep up with them! Eventually we cornered them and dragged them off to dinner around the corner at The Outback Steakhouse which is an Australian themed restaurant. There weren't any Coopers Pale Ale, so we had to settle on a Coopers Lager until the women arrived. It was a pretty hearty serving and nobody went away from the table hungry. In fact we had to take some leftovers home and eating dinner with some terrible twos certainly makes things interesting. They were making friends with the neighbours and having screaming contests.

Steffie and I had a somewhat restless night with a bit on our minds as we went to bed and had a late start. Steffie packed her bags and we had a bite to eat for lunch after she got herself sorted. Around 12:30pm, Matt dropped us both at the train station with all of her belongings and we caught the Tri-Rail into Miami International Airport. It took about an hour on the train and an additional 30 minutes just to check in her bags, so it was a good thing we left super early. Once the bags we gone, we had some time to sit down and talk before I had to catch the bus back to the train station.

It is a bit of a strange feeling to say goodbye to somebody you have spent every waking moment with for the last 4 months and the heavy rain at the airport certainly added to the depressing mood. At least I took comfort in the fact that it was only for a few days before I fly over to join her there and a new era in my life starts in a foreign country. I'm not sure what my plans are for the final 4 days here, but I don't think I will be do much adventuring; probably more preparation than anything else.

The times they are a changing!
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