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.