We have approximately 80 days left with our boy before he flies back to the states.
We have been putting some extra time here and there into some special experiences with him. One of them is that he and his dad got SCUBA certified. Another is that we went on an overnight trip to a resort on a nearby island (cheaper than staying at a motel 6 in the States, to be honest, and much cleaner and better service, not to mention ambiance. Like this (sorry for sideways pics- I tried fixing them, but the thing locks up when I do):
We took a ferry to the island. You get on and off the ferry by walking up a ramp made of a piece of lumber about 8 inches wide with a rope for a railing on one side.
Then you land on the pier at the island and walk past the beach and up a steep flight of stairs to get to your room. Here’s looking down at the beach from the top of those stairs:
The rooms are small, but clean and beautiful, and they have a well shaded, large covered patio which is fairly private. There’s a table and benches here and you ring a bell and the waitress from the restaurant brings you your food, so you eat privately as well.
While we were gone, we had no wifi, no phone service of any kind. And when we got home, the wifi at the house was not working, either.
Both issues were our fault. I thought the blog was set to automatically renew, but it wasn’t, and my husband hadn’t paid the wifi bill. You can’t just call it in or mail it in. You have to go to the office in the mall and pay it in cash in person. And, in our case, once you do that, because we are renters, they want the landlord’s permission to turn it back on (we had to get his permission to have it in the first place). They wanted him there in person.
They wanted to have him come in, but after a couple hours of pleading through one employee after another, my husband convinced them of the truth- our landlord had already done that when he gave us permission to have the wifi in the first place, and in the second place, he is very frail and elderly and he doesn’t go out much and he does not wish to expend his limited energy and strength going to the mall to tell them to do something they should be doing without him. Finally somebody listened and turned it back on- only turning it on was actually a euphemism for ‘It will be back on sometime tomorrow.’
I had to do a little scrambling and creative financial juggling to pay the blog bills, and I am seriously considering just switching back over to plain vanilla free bloghosting before the next bill comes due (six months).
But we’re back. For now.