Sunday, June 29, 2014

Where have we been?

After a hectic two and a half days in Auburn, Safa and I got back home on Friday evening. As soon as we stepped into the house, we began packing for our upcoming trip to Florida, plus Bahamas cruise. On Saturday morning Zakir took the dog to be boarded, and as soon as he was back, we packed the minivan and headed out. We had booked a hotel near Port Canaveral, so that was a little over a nine hour drive for us. Add the necessary stops on the way, it took us closer to ten hours to get to our destination. We found a cute little restaurant called David's Cafe, that serves sushi, curries, and American food also. So, it was sushi for dinner, before we checked in at the hotel. The cruise was scheduled to depart at 4pm the following afternoon, which gave us plenty of time to have a leisurely rest and breakfast, before we had to leave. It was terribly hot and humid, but the sky was a gorgeous shade of blue when we parked our car and boarded the ship.

Bilal was definitely ready, with his pillow wings! We reserved a large cabin, with a spacious balcony.

By the time we left port, the sky had turned a murky grey and it was starting to rain.

Thankfully, no rough weather, and it was much more pleasant as we got farther out to sea. We spent the first evening exploring the ship and the amenities it had to offer, and enjoyed a buffet dinner in the Seaview Bistro. Safa and I went to the spa, and attended a couple of stand up comedy shows, while Hamza spent the first evening making friends through Club O2, which is for kids age 15-17. After he made some friends we hardly saw him during the evenings; after dinner every day he was gone, either hanging out with other teenagers, or swimming in the pool until late at night. I believe he had more fun on the cruise than any of us! Zakir preferred his earlier nights, curled up with a book, so he and Bilal would head back to the cabin before the rest of us.

We traveled overnight, and were in Freeport, Grand Bahama, by the time we awoke the following morning. More on that later!


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