Vacation Recap pt. 1

11 Mar

Last week, B and I traveled down to the Caribbean. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos to be exact. The island group is just north of Haiti/DR as you can see in the pictures below (thankyougoogle).

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This trip was a family reunion for my side of the family. My mom, dad, older sister, brother-in-law, their kids, brother, and younger sister were all there. It was a pretty exciting week to say the least. Mom and Dad had been planning this trip for about a year, so anticipation was high.

Turks and Caicos Islands are very low-key. You won’t find lots of activities, many restaurants or wild nightlife. In fact the specific island we stayed on, Providenciales, had 1 IGA, a handful of gas stations and one landing strip at the airport. Since they are a British Overseas Territory, they have the Queen as their monarch but retain their own governor.

Because they are still under British rule, we had to learn how to drive on the left side of the road. (tip: watch out for the roundabouts) Also, their speed signs were round and never closely followed. The average speed limit was 10-20mph but most cars went about 40-50mph. (notice also that our van was “American” not “British” made, in that the driver was located on the left)

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But enough about the country itself, B and I flew down to Charlotte  Saturday morning and met up with my sister and her family. This was what the weather looked like in NC.

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Gloomy, gloomy Charlotte. Good thing we had better weather ahead of us. This is typically what I do on the plane, sudokus and crosswords (along with watching movies on my ipad). I’m not a good air traveler, just ask my husband.

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He filled out immigration and customs forms.

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And the kids got excited as we flew from CLT-PLS 😀

tandc5This is what the island looks like from above and on the ground. Very small and beachy.

tandc6Walking off the plane on to the tarmac, we felt fresh air, not to hot, not to cold, just 70 degrees right.

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We met up with the rest of our family and waiting for the rental 15 passenger van to arrive.

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Yes, it fit all our people and luggage. It’s been a while since I’ve ridden in a homeschoolmobile. By the look on the baby’s face, you might be able to tell we all had been up for a while and were in winter weather clothing, not beachy vacation clothing. 🙂

IMG_9172These blooms were beautiful and all over the island.

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B and my first move upon entering the house was walking out back on the porch and putting our feet up.
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More vacation stories tomorrow!

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7 Responses to “Vacation Recap pt. 1”

  1. krystlecallaway 11.11.2013 at 6:32 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go to Turks & Caicos. I can’t wait to read about the rest of your vacation.

  2. Sue Mitchell Russell 11.11.2013 at 8:06 pm #

    It’s fun to read our story through your eyes. ❤

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