A Photo Diary of my Trip to the Caribbean

A Photo Diary of my Trip to the Caribbean
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About a week ago, I traveled from Key West, Florida and to Cozumel Mexico on the Carnival Sensation. Boy...Did I have the time of life! As well as some hilarious memories! 

We flew out of O'hare International Airport on American Airlines, but not on the day we were scheduled to fly out. Storm clouds rolling into the area caused all flights heading out of the city to get delayed OR canceled. Unfortunately, our flight was one of those that was canceled. By the grace of God, we were able to obtain seats on flights departing early on Friday morning. 

Now...I will never recommend for someone to sleep overnight in the airport. That is one thing that I can say that I have done AND that I never want to do again. The funniest part in staying overnight in the airport was the process of getting blankets and pillows.

Let me tell you! Lol. My aunt, cousins, and I walked on dirt roads, crossed expressways, and ran through fields of corn to get blankets and pillows just to be told that we couldn't get extras for our family. AND that we couldn't go back to our terminal. The "Chicago" in my aunt came out as soon as the airport employee told us that we couldn't leave. She politely told him..."No, you just made an announcement that you ran out of cots. Where am I suppose to sleep?! I am going back to my terminal. And you can't stop me." My younger cousins laughed and talked about the incident the whole way back to our terminal. Okay...I may have been exaggerating about far we walked, but I was tired by the time we got back to our terminal. 

Passport and Ticket to Miami
Welcome to Miami
Crossing the Bridge in Miami

The next morning, my family was able to fly out of Chicago, on the same flight, to Miami with no mishaps. I am super grateful for the customer service attendant at the airport who worked to rearrange our travel plans. They did a great job! I can't remember their name, but they changed my view of American Airlines. 

Why didn't ya'll tell me how breathtaking Miami was?! I thought we were friends?! I made up my mind that I would be returning to Miami to be a tourist. It's on my bucket list. You better get ready to hear more about it in the near future. *wink wink*

I was super relieved when we made it the ship. I could finally shower the airport away. And eat! Whew! Thank you, Jesus! I was starving, tired, and craving clean clothes. Remember...how I said this trip was fun, but created lasting memories. Here is the second memory of the trip...When we landed in Miami, we headed down to baggage claim to get our bags and check-in with Carnival. My aunt obtained her family's bags, while my grandmother and I had to wait few more minutes for our bags to land on another flight.

Okay...cool, right?! No! When the flight landed, my bag was taken off the conveyor belt. What about my grandmother's suitcase you ask? Well...her bag was mistaken for someone else's suitcase and we didn't discover that until the ship pulled out of the port. It's funny now, but it sure wasn't funny then. Good thing I was born in a family full of teachers. We began to problem solve and created outfits for my grandmother to wear until we returned to Miami.  

Bye, Bye Miami
Leaving Miami
Dinnertime on the Cruise

Key West is beautiful! If I ever earn enough income to afford the house AND the insurance, I want to buy a vacation home here! You should definitely visit Key West. It is full of history and mind blowing adventures. I never knew that the island was built on coral. Nor that you could visit the entire island in one day. Insane! 

Oh! The humidity was intense! I guess I have been living in Chicago for too long. I got accustomed to the weather in the Midwest. I was sweating buckets while walking around the streets of Key West. Lol.

Good Morning, Key West!
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Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West
Walking Across the Street in Key West
Key West Church
Hotel in Key West
Hotel in Key West
The Conch Republic
Home of Key West
East Martello
End of Highway 1
Key West Museum of Art & History
Custom House in Key West
Port of Key West

After a day in Key West, we board the ship and set sail for Cozumel, Mexico. 

The second evening of the trip required us to get dressed for dinner. Remember my story about the makeup artist? No?! You should read about it The Secret to Discovering Your Inner Truth! I thought of the makeup artist when I packed this dressed into my suitcase. I decided to step out of my comfort zone in this beautiful red cherries ensemble and pair it with a red lip. Oh! And let my curls free!

Cruise Dinner

The lasting memory of our trip was when we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico. We didn't get to do much due to a cab driver trying to get over on us. 

You see what had happened was...my lovely family was trying to go to a local beach and lay out in the sun. We decided that we would ask a cab driver to take us. My family gets in the van and we drive two blocks away before the driver tells us that we would have to pay $15/person in order to sit on the beach.

My family politely declined the offer and asked the driver to take us back to the port. Of course...he tried to bargain with us because he receives a portion of the fee for the beach, but we wanted to head back to the ship. When we arrived back to the port, the driver walks up to my uncle and hands back $10 of $40 for the trip down the street. My aunt went ballistic! She told the driver that he would not be charging us $30 for going down the street. 

Can you imagine how my family reacted when my aunt told the man that he was going to hell for being a con artist? Well...envision it with me. My little cousin is rolling around on the ground laughing, another cousin is bent over slapping her knee laughing, and my other cousin is recording the whole incident on her phone. Crazy, right?! Lol.

Cozumel, Mexico
Arrived in Puerta Maya, Cozumel, Mexico
Passing Cuba While Heading Back to the United States and

Despite the bad incidences, I enjoyed this trip with my family. We have created some long lasting memories and tons of laughs. I am grateful that my family loves to travel. They have really inspired me to travel the world and discover the beautiful creations of God. 

What was a lasting memory from your last family vacation?