And so it begins again.
One week ago I was driving home from Fushimi Lake with the Glamping Squad (Mom, Gramma, Ivy and my Aunt Karen and Aunt Chris) rattling off everything I had to do before I had to leave. Well somehow I managed to get it done because I am now sitting in the plane on my way to Florida (how cool is it that my plane has wifi?!).
Tuesday the whole family took a party bus to Detroit to go and see the Tigers play the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs only play the Tigers in Detroit about once every four years, so we all went to go and honor our Uncle Doug who was the biggest Cubbies fan of all time. We tailgated before the game and after a small sprinkle of rain the most beautiful rainbow came out. We had a lot of laughs, some tears, and some of us a whole lot of beers.
Thursday one of my best friends (Michelle) from Glendon came down to see me which was amazing. We didn’t do much Thursday afternoon, just hung out and watched a movie which was nice. Friday, we went to Point Pelee and to Windsor. I really wanted to go to Spagos (my favorite restaurant) one last time before I left so we headed to the Casino Friday night. There was a show going on so Spagos was jam packed, which ended up working to our advantage as we got free tiramisu due to the wait for our food!
Yesterday we had an “empty nesters” party as everyone will be heading out of the house within the next week. It was nice yet sad to be saying goodbye to everyone for a while. This exchange is a little bit different than the first though as I will be coming home at Christmas time and spending a month at home before I head back to Barbados.
This morning I woke up at 3am, packed my bags in the car and headed to Detroit. Mom, Dad, Ivy, Gramma and Grampa came to the airport to say goodbye (Elle couldn’t come because she had to work). We all held our breaths as I put my bags on the scale, but somehow I managed to get 98.5/100 pounds (which is not a personal best) of luggage packed for the beach. After getting a full body scan and pat down, I had to watch security open my carryon and take out my peanut butter. Who knew you weren’t allowed to bring “spreads” on the plane either? I stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast and went to wait at my gate for boarding. Somehow I lucked out and my plane needing people to check their carryon bags instead on putting them in the overhead bins. I jumped at the chance to have my bag checked for free, meaning I didn’t have to lift a heavy bag into the overhead bins while people watched me struggle and I didn’t have to lug it around Florida on my layover.
And so, I have started my journey towards the Caribbean islands. I am super excited/ nervous and I can’t wait to see my new school. I will be updating everyone in a few days, so stay tuned. (A little tip; you can subscribe to The Blonde Traveler and you will be emailed every time I put out a new blog so you don’t miss any of my adventures!)