Well, it’s the end of July and, in theory at least, this Friday I am meant to be on a plane winging my way back to Sydney after my 3-month gig with the IMF is done. To be honest, part of me really wishes this was happening as I miss my family, friends, and my fluffy boys. Coincidentally, my being deposited back in Sydney was scheduled to happen at exactly the same date had I just gone travelling so – yes folks – it’s now nearly 5 months since I left Sydney.
Over here in the Caribbean, the project has hit some serious hitches, including the potential withdrawal of a large amount of funding crucial to its success. The Eastern Caribbean governments have asked me to stay on and, since the IMF funding for the role was only for 3 months, they are currently working out how I will be employed and by whom. Right now, I don’t know how long this will be for, but the part of the project I’m busy on right now will take another 2 months, so I imagine it’s at least that long (aside: I nearly typed “lone”…sigh).
I’ve mumbled something to them about wanting to be home by Christmas, and my fingers are crossed that maybe I can fit in a few weeks travel to Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Guatemala and Puerto Rico (again – totally loved that place) before I wing home on Qantas. But I guess we’ll see. When I told Mum I’d be back by Christmas for sure, I think her heart sank: she was hoping I’d say “August” 😦
During the 3 weeks leading into this weekend, I was caught up in a travel whirlwind: Puerto Rico, Grenada, Trinidad and Miami. You’ve seen some of the posts, but there are a couple left to come. I now have a couple of weeks at “home” before heading to Trinidad again on 6 August, and then Antigua on 17 August, which is a bit of a relief: I can fit into a regular routine of work and swims again before jetting off.
Not knowing when I’ll see my beloved home again can be tough going. But, whenever I feel too homesick, I go for a swim, and think: “I’m. Swimming. In. The. Caribbean.” And soak it all in.
When I get home I don’t want to regret anything about being here, so I need to embrace every moment.