And now that our long stay of four months is rapidly coming to an end, I would even go so far as to say that the longer you are here, the worse are the symptoms of impending departure. Ben, for example, has been suffering the effects of "impending VS departure" for several weeks. Clinically, it manifests itself in intense irritability; an inability to concentrate or focus on tasks related to packing suitcases bound for home; a dawning terror of pictures of New England's snow-covered roads, landscapes, vehicles, etc.; and what I can only describe as "ocean-deficit-disorder", a desperate and all-encompassing need to be in the warm Caribbean water as much as possible before the scheduled plane flight home.
We feel so lucky to have been able to stay here for four months. We have become intimately familiar with the rhythms of the villa. We have met many wonderful people who work to make Bonaire a better place to live. We have swum every day in the ocean. We have eaten a lot of cheese and drunk many Coronas with lime and -- in Fiona's case -- San Pellegrino limonatas. We have traveled to six countries in South and Central America (no thanks to Insel Air). We have helped out with coral restoration and at the animal shelter, where we adopted our island dog Bowie. We entertained many guests with trips to Lac Bai, the donkey sanctuary, Lake Goto, the national park, the square during cruise ship-prompted markets. Now it is time to go.
Here are some things we have learned:
Tomorrow we finishing packing up to get home to New England and its beautiful spring. But Bonaire beckons and we will return as soon as possible!