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Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
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Trip End Oct 04, 2012


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

We've had a couple of relaxing days after our full time in Panama.

On Monday night after arriving home, Michael had a Skype session with his class at school which was just great.  They asked lots of questions and he loved seeing them and chatting to them.  It's a long time to be away from all your mates.

Tuesday we chilled all day, alternating between the beach, pool and cool of air conditioning!  We called in to a local art gallery which is a converted house absolutely jam packed with local art and craft - great to browse through.

On Wednesday we woke to no power.  While this isn't unusual in West Melton during snow storms, it is in Cayman but we were lucky that the house stayed relatively cool until power was finally restored later in the afternoon.  It was a huge disruption for the island, made even worse because there were three cruise ships in port that day.  Many businesses were forced to close unless they had their own back up generators (not that uncommon in fact, since Hurricane Ivan).

Tameka, Josh and a wee friend came over for a swim and then Michael, Josh and I went to watch Serene play softball.  It was great to watch and even at a 'social' level, sparks were flying!

Today we went out for a pancakes breakfast and then visited the Cayman Car Museum.  This is an amazing showroom of a huge collection of cars, motorbikes and all sorts of other things by a Norwegian businessman who lives in Cayman.

He has the first ever automobile.  The first car brought to Cayman.  A former Royal Daimler used to transport the Queen.  And coolest of all, the original Bat Mobile used in the 1960's TV series.

It was an unbelievable place - Ferraris, Maseratis, Jaguars, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Alfa Romeos etc etc.  Mind blowing what they would all be worth.  Apparently he is third generation shipping family so money does not appear to be an issue.  He has just brought 2 adjoining sections where he plans o expand the museum to include his jet boat collection (!) and the other cars that didn't fit.

In the afternoon, Richard and I took a drive across the island to the Botanical Gardens which are a gorgeous place set out with winding trails and paths and all sorts of interesting flowers, trees and most astonishing of all, the rare and endangered Blue Iguana of which we saw several.

We would have spent longer wandering around, but today has been particularly hot and humid (high was 36 deg but felt like 44deg with the humidity) and we had to get back to the air conditioning.

We had picked up a couple of squirt guns earlier in the day and the 3 of us had a ball down at the beach with those.

Another lovely day in Paradise!
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