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Old April 7th, 2004, 12:35 PM
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We have had an incredible last few days, beginning with the Panama Canal transit, which continues to awe me. The last couple of days have brought us a lovely gift basket of fruits, cheeses and wine in the cabin from the hotel director and a special bottle of French wine that Jose has always loved delivered to our table last night from the maitre d'. Jose is overwhelmed by the kindnesses extended to him so far from people who were a part of his past during his years with Carnival.

The best part of the last few days, however, was our day in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on Monday. Jose had arranged for a cousin of his kids to bring as many relatives as could make it to the port for the day in a small tourist van. We had thought that at least 3 of his 5 kids would be there, along with a handful of grandkids and other miscellaneous relatives. Well, all 5 kids were able to make it, along with 8 grandkids, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law and some cousins. 20 people came from the central valley to spend the day with us! We took over a little restaurant right across the street from the park which fronts the beach. We ate, drank, talked, the kids played in the surf..... It was a fabulous day, and Jose was very, very happy. I think the cruise could end today and he wouldn't care. The highlights have already occurred for him!

Yesterday and today are sea days before we get to Acapulco. I think right now we have just crossed into Mexican waters from Guatemala, as near as I can tell from the map they post on the TV. The rest of our ports in Mexico I know well, having been to all of them various times, but I've never been to Acapulco so I'm really looking forward to seeing something new. I especially want to see the cliff divers.

Another highlight for me, a basic non-gambler, was the $58.25 I won on the slot machines on our last sea day before Costa Rica! ! I allowed myself $20.00 and said when that's gone, I'm gone from the casino, but I won back my initial investment plus! Hey, that's enough to pay for dinner tonight in the supper club!

And so life continues...... eat, sleep, drink (toasting cruise mates of course), eat, sleep, drink.... Hey, it's a tough life but I know you guys are counting on me to carry the banner for all of you!

I'll check in again in a couple of days.

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Old April 7th, 2004, 01:40 PM
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Jennifer thanks so much for the fun, informative mid-trip report! I'm so happy that so many of Jose's family were able to join in on the reunion. And what a surprise for him!
I can just see him now, kicked back at the restaurant with a big satisfied smile on his face!

Oh, and thanks for carrying the banner!

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Old April 7th, 2004, 01:45 PM
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Jennifer, thanks for checking in! How much fun it must have been to have so many of Jose's family members come meet you in Puntarenas. Pura vida!

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Jennifer, it was nice of you to check in. It sounds like you and Jose had a great time with the family. Enjoy your dinner tonight.

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Old April 7th, 2004, 03:01 PM
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Jennifer, thanks for taking the time to share all of that with us. I'm so glad that you got to see so many of Jose's family. It sounds like the cruise has been all that you ever dreamed of or hoped for. I'm really happy for both of you.

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It was wonderful that Jose' had such great kids and family. I'm sure that was the best day for him. Have fun the rest of the cruise.

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Great to hear from you Jennifer. Glad to hear that everything is wonderful......what a treat to have ALL the kids come meet you!
Enjoy Acapulco.....we were there a couple of summers ago with a trip from Dave's company and the cliff divers were definitely a highlight.
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Thanks for checking in Jennifer, sounds like you are having a great time. Hope the rest of the trip is just as fun.

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Sounds wonderful all around Jennifer, enjoy the rest of your trip!

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Old April 8th, 2004, 01:41 AM
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Jen what a wonderful memory for you and Jose to cherish forever. Having all those loving family members travel that distance to see you two is just a testament to what great people you and Jose are.

So glad you are enjoying the cruise. Have you run into Nancy and Bill?

Thanks for checking in and sharing.

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