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Departure Day

Posted on December 24, 2017 by under Travel.    

The last day at the resort is always the hardest because it means vacation time is over and it’s time to head back to reality. I really hate this part.


Brian and I stopped by the cafe on the way out for one last frappucino for me.


Here’s a pic of where the cafe is located. Goodbye, paradise!


As we were waiting for our ride to the airport, we ran into two superheroes from the entertainment team. They were on their way out to one of the local schools to read to the kids. Apparently this trip happens every Friday morning. We missed it the last week because Friday was our arrival day and we didn’t get to the resort until almost one o’clock. We missed it again that day because it was time to leave.

I love reading aloud and I love doing volunteer work so this excursion would have been right up my alley. I’ve made a mental note for next time not to arrive or depart on Friday so we can participate. I love that they do this.


Here’s our other butler Jackson seeing us off.


Finally at the airport, I took a pic with the map on the wall depicting the island that we visited: Great Exuma. I never want to forget this place because this has probably the best vacation ever.

The island was beautiful. The resort was beautiful. The people were beautiful. Everything about this trip has been completely fabulous.

Here are a couple of video clips I took to remind me of the island.

This next one is a time-lapse video I created at the Atlanta airport.

The flight home was pretty uneventful. This has probably been our smoothest trip ever (besides flying first class to the Dominican Republic a few years ago). Brian gave us a long layover at the Atlanta airport because he was worried that customs would take forever but they have kiosks now and everything is automated. So even that part went really quick. I think the entire process — deplaning from our Bahamas flight to going through customs to arriving at our terminal — took less than an hour. We really didn’t need the long layover.

But, since we had it, we took advantage of the opportunity to grab some drinks and a bite to eat at Gordon Biersch. The thing that stood out to me the most is that my drink cost $13. I guess, that wasn’t really much of a surprise considering I’ve traveled a lot and I know that airport food and beverages are a rip off (they kind of have you hostage so what are you going to do, it’s not like you have a choice) but it was particularly shocking coming from a whole week of not having to pay for drinks at all. It was like, “Yep. We are officially back in the real world all right.”

This should be the final installment of my 40th birthday trip. It has been fun reminiscing about this amazing trip with you over the last couple of months. Our next big trip will be the Zumba cruise in April 2018. Until then, may each and every day of our lives be a wonderful adventure.

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