Wednesday, 09 June 2010
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With only a few more days to go, you do start to wonder… After almost 3 years on the “sunny side of life”, I will be returning to Europe from the Caribbean. Over the last weeks I did have and still do have quite some trouble figuring out what this means. For one thing, I certainly feel immensely privileged and eternally grateful for the experience.

I mean, how can you not? Never ever wear anything with long sleeves for the entire year? Embracing people in shorts and T-Shirts on Christmas Eve? Witnessing the change from year to year looking up to the fireworks on the other side of the bay listening to the foghorns of super yachts greeting the new year? Watching the Sportschau on a big screen while the meat is getting ready on the BBQ and Thomas is dying trying to will Borussia Mönchengladbach to stay in the Bundesliga by the power of his thoughts? Walking around at Carnival not freezing your butt off but rather sweating watching attractive butts shake like rattlesnakes? I have watched the most stunning sunsets day after day in truly magical locations. I have stood on the beach time after time enjoying ridiculously cheap beer during Happy Hour and then moved on to dinner somewhere next to the ocean. I have visited bars and restaurants that most people might only ever read about in the travel section of their newspaper. I was up close and personal with Iguanas, ostriches, frogs and a lot (and I mean a lot) of mosquitoes. I fought the elements and especially Hurricane Omar. I was able to watch most major American Sports Events at a “decent” time. I was lucky enough to get a “Behind the Scenes” Tour on the Queen Mary 2, arguably the most famous ocean liner in the world. I have lived in a house with its own pool.

I am proud to say that my feet have touched the ground in Curacao, Aruba, Puerto Rico, St.Thomas, St. John, Trinidad, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, Martinique and Panama. I have used the opportunity to go to New York and Florida.

I will miss many things that you will never understand or only understand if you have shared some of the experiences or have similar ones. I will list them anyway starting with the more trivial, yet not less important ones. Among them are Joey Stevens - the Caribbean Weather Man, BBC World News and BBC World Service, Ken Rosato and Kirsty Kruger of ABC Morning News, the amazing amount of commercials on American TV during prime time for all sorts of perceived illnesses that the rest of the world has yet to start worrying about, the fanfare and pride about American Sporting Events and the singing of the National Anthem along with the Fly-Bys. I will miss Sundays watching American Football and Marc’s incredible insight into that game. I will very much miss Sopranos Piano Bar in Curacao and Aruba, Duffy’s Love Shack in Red Hook St. Thomas, Delirius in St. Lucia and of course Zanzibar in Jan Thiel, Curacao. Insanely, I will miss Amstel and Piton Beer. I’m not a fish or seafood person but I will miss a nice piece of freshly caught grilled Mahi Mahi or Red Snapper. I will miss Tempura Cheesecake. I will miss giving somebody $50 dollars and it will not make a real difference to their day, but to their year. God willing, I will be back.

There are also quite a few things that do make it easier to return to the real world, but I will leave pondering about them for another time…

With that in mind, I will see what the last few days have in store for me and leave you to think about the interesting times in your life.



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