I hate the last week of March, it has such strong memories and my emotions are quite unpredictable at times. My wedding anniversary was March 24th, and more pointedly Kevin died on March 29th – two heart rending events that I still mourn. I know I go a little offside at this time, and so I have booked the week off work to save my peers the agony of having to deal with me, and to save me face since I know I go a little nutty. The plan, when I booked the time off, was to travel someplace, anyplace just to take my mind off things.
This leads to my current dilemma. After my last outing (November 2017) on the cruise, I didn’t fare so well. Got sick day one and actually stayed sick until Christmas. A head cold that morphed into the real-deal flu (despite my flu shot prior to the cruise) and then on to pneumonia. After this experience, I told my sister, who is my travelling partner, that I had no plans to go anywhere by plane or by ship for a while. A staycation was what I was going to do in March. Well a few days of minus 30 degrees Celsius weather had put paid to that. My sister suspected the extreme chill might change my mind and had sent me a few emails highlighting some sunny warm resorts. Now I find myself scanning the all inclusives, looking to spend that week someplace warm.
And so it is decision time: where to go? I am leaning towards Cuba. I’ve been there a few times before and am favouring it because of the beautiful beaches and the fairly consistent good weather. I recall from previous vacations there that the food was not spectacular, and the hotels rate themselves a little more generously than I would (a four star in Cuba is more like a three star in the Dominican and Barbados). However, it is a direct flight and there are a few good hotel chains located there. I want an all-inclusive where the biggest decision I make in the morning is whether to lay by the pool or out on the beach. And where nobody cares if the woman in the lounge chair behaves a little peculiarly – they just figure I may have had a bit too much to drink.
Will I pick up a bug on the plane? Maybe, but at least this time I will have packed a small stash of remedies to see me through!