Monday, January 7, 2008

New Year.... 2008

It's January! not the 5th, but close enough. My trip to London was a great success. I flew across the Atlantic on Boxing Day (December 26th). We spent a couple of hours at Miami Airport sitting in the plane, waiting to have a water leak fixed....don't ask!

The plane was full, and there was no place to go. Amazingly, I didn't get nervous....not too much, really. When we finally took off, I was exhausted. Had something to eat, took my sleeping pill, and try to see a movie. Didn't finish it, when the plane started to move. Never mind my sleeping pill..I was quite awake. When it settled down, I slept.

Woke up ready to freshen up and eat some breakfast. The skies outside looked gray and heavy with clouds. Fortunately we had a smooth landing. My Dutch passport helped me go quickly through and on to retrieve my bag. Camille had sent a car to pick me up; the driver was there. How wonderful! Forty five minutes later.... Camille.

The next eight days were a lot of fun. She had friends over for her birthday, we had dinner at Cipriani, a great Italian restaurant, afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason, saw Rent at the Duke of York Theater, had Indian and Indonesian food, toasted the New Year with pink champagne while we longed for the noise and celebration of New Year's in Curaçao. We walked everywhere from her home in Mayfair. When she was working, I enjoyed life in the city. It was all wonderful!

Coming back through Boston was an interesting trip. I sat next to a lovely woman, a Presbyterian minister from Sri Lanka. It was such a pleasure to talked about religion, customs, Indian gods, food and so much more. I hope we can keep in touch. Arriving in Boston, I met with Fabio. This is his first winter back in the frozen tundra after spending the last five here in Miami. He seems to be coping nicely. What do I know?

Finally, on a plane to Miami, I was exhausted, sleepy, totally ready for a long hot shower and my own bed. I arrived safely and did just that! 2008 has started on a good note! I am sure the rest of the year will be full of adventure, success and everything good. When 2009 comes along, we will be glad for this year!!!

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