Unexpected trip to the Caribbean

My friend and I had planned a trip to Central America that included a cruise through the Panama Canal and up the western coast of Costa Rica.  I was really looking forward to this vacation because I’ve never been to Central America and I really needed a nice break.  Unfortunately, the cruise ship ran aground a week before we were supposed to leave and the company canceled our cruise.  We found this out two days before we were supposed to leave for Panama.  Needless to say, it was a mad scramble to cancel our flights and hotel and to rebook another itinerary.  I thought about trying a land trip to Panama and Costa Rica but it was too hard to make the necessary travel arrangements in one day.  We decided instead to take up the cruise company’s offer to rebook on another cruise in the Caribbean leaving at the same time as our original cruise.

The cruise ship will be leaving out of Phillipsburg, St. Maarten and we flew to the island a couple of days early to explore it more fully than when I was here a couple of years ago.  Now I have 2 days to see more of St. Maarten.

Pappardelle w/lamb chunks
Pappardelle w/lamb chunks

We had to take a really early morning flight and knew that we were in no shape to participate fully in the NYE celebrations. We had an early dinner at IZI, an Italian restaurant in Simpson Bay. The food was wonderful especially the homemade pasta. The chef got in the NYE spirit by adding his own embellishment to each dish. Excellent way to end 2015.

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