Monday, January 2, 2012

Vacation Rundown...


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As many of you know I've been away since Christmas in Florida on a Family vacation. I must say, I love Florida, but there's no place like home, or your own bed. After a 23 hour drive I'm exhausted but we had a wonderful time while away! Why? Here are my reasons:

1. It's warm! The weather was great, but great weather makes me feel lazy so I fell behind on what I planned to do. The warm weather actually forced me to have a proper vacation!

2. The dolphins swim in Gulf of Mexico every day, not far away from you.  That part was awesome. We tapped our palms on the water (I heard that somewhere on TV) so they would come closer and they did! I think it's because dolphins think there could be a stranded fish on the surface. Whatever the reason, they were not more than 25 feet away from us. 

3. NASA: For the first time in my life I visited the Kennedy Space Center. What made an impression beyond is the size of the rockets is what human beings have achieved in the past century. Space! Wow! The IMAX hubble 3D experience was beautiful. The bravery of the astronauts is beyond me. As you know I have a fear of flying and could not imagine doing what they've done. It's still unbelievable that people actually go up into space. I loved every minute of it.

4. After 20 years of not seeing one another, my husband found his uncle (whom he call cousin, but that's another story). It was great to meet his kids and family. It amazed me how much information they had about their ancestry, the photos, letters, world war stories - awesome! Creating a family tree is on my to do list now. Oh! And they had an orange tree in the backyard (we don't have those here). Absolutely beautiful!

5. The street lanes in the US are so well lit, I wish we had that up here in Canada. It makes a huge difference in driving with the reflecting lights in the pavement. No need to strain your eyes at night.

The rest of the time was spent on the beach and a little bit of shopping of course. I was able to compose my thoughts with new story ideas and organizing for the new year. Now it`s time to implement it all. I must say this was one of the better vacations in a while. 

Do you have special vacation stories, memories? Feel free to share them in the comments :)


Annalisa Crawford said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I'd love to be that close to dolphins.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like a relaxing time. Last time I was in Florida, we saw dolphins as well.

Colleen Chen said...

What a lovely vacation! Especially the dolphins; I bet they actually wanted to come and say hi.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I envy you NASA and the close-up dolphins. I never heard that about slapping a palm on the water to draw them. Luckily you missed Hurricane Season! Happy 2012 to you, Roland

Matthew MacNish said...

Dolphins are so awesome. Happy New Year, Marta!

Anonymous said...

NASA Space center sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing. Now I want to take the family there. We went to the San Diego Wild Animal Safari yesterday, but that's as close to a vacation as we've had in a while.

Have a healthy and prosperous 2012 to you and yours!

Marta Szemik said...

Thanks guys, yes the dolphins were amazing. This was our second time this year with these smart mammals. First time in Cuba my son actually surfed on their noses. Awesome - something that's always been a dream of mine was realized :) NASA just blew my mind away :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Ever since I was little, dolphins have fascinated me. Sounds like you had a great time!

inluvwithwords said...

New follower here, nice to meet you.

Sounds like a great vacation. Happy New Year!

Marta Szemik said...

@ inluvwithwords - welcome to my blog and Happy New Year to you too!

Cate Masters said...

One of our best vacations was in Key West. We shied away from the night life because we had our kids with us, but I loved everything about the island and later wrote a book about its history.
And the dark background sets off the white post area, so it works well (for me, at least)

Inside Out said...

We just spent two weeks in Florida as well, though most of it in the interior and not one day at Disney!

We had a great time too, wasn't the weather perfect?

New follower of your blog, I'm in Ontario too.

Marta Szemik said...

Ron, welcome to my blog!
Yes, the weather was beautiful.

We spent 7 days in Disney in July 2010 - my first time there. I was blown away by the experience (probably more than my kids were) What a great way to live - happy all the time!