Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Windward Spirits, I

The Start. June 20th, 2013

     Day one, which is really more like day three considering the extensive air travel and a seven hour layover in Dubai, we drive on the left side of the road to town to exchange our U.S. dollars for Seychelles Rupees.

     On the way I’m in a hazy, but happy mood until someone reproaches me for having my window down and I yell “Scott!” as he nearly careens into my parent's car ahead of us when it stops abruptly, getting called out for being a backseat driver by everyone in our car.

     When we get to town, I tell Scott I’ll exchange a certain amount of US dollars he deems not enough and we debate back and forth about how much money to exchange in front of my sisters. When he finally says “Why won’t you just do it?” I have no answer and concede, albeit in a defeatist manner. I mope through town on my Dad’s heals as sweat beads appear on my body like dew on morning blades of grass.

     When my dad and I get back from the bank, Scott apologizes for being so short and insistent with me and I dramatically state “Sometimes I feel more alone on family vacations than I do when I’m sitting at home by myself.”

     We eat lunch down the street in Victoria where some spicy spaghetti and a Coke I normally don't drink pull me out of my pity party. I put my arm around Scott in the place where his shoulders seem to have shaped to hold it and smile while we tell funny stories from our recent visit to his parent’s.

     The next car ride is happy again and hilarious. After turning a few corners and beholding every shade of blue in the water out our windows, we all enthusiastically conclude “This is the most beautiful place we’ve ever been!” with real sincerity.

     As we drive through teeming jungles, my sisters and I inappropriately use the walkie-talkie my dad gave us in case we got separated to say things like “Monkey balls!”. They don’t respond.

     We arrive at our hotel an hour later. We will stay here two nights until our boat is ready for the sail. Our little hut has a view of the tropical mountains and Danielle cries as we are given a tour because she is so thankful and so overjoyed.

     We swim, go to the beach and order room service. We make it to 8 p.m. where we nearly all fall asleep in our food.

     I wake up at 1:30 a.m. convinced and excited that it must be morning. I try desperately to fall asleep and even succumb to counting sheep. I abandon this intention at 3:30 a.m. and 497 sheep to write this journal entry. 

      So far my moods have mimicked the weather here. There's been a little rain and a little sun, but there's a beautiful sunset.

What this is all about~ over the next week or so I will type the journal entries I wrote while on our family trip to the Seychelles and share some pictures here on my blog since I stayed away from the internet while we were there. 
Thanks for coming along for the journey! 
If you have any questions about the trip, please let me know and I'll be happy to answer them.

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  1. Yay! You're back! This post is quite poetic and I love it. Can't wait to read more of your journal entries from your trip :)

  2. Wow, it does look beautiful. Looking forward to hearing about your sailing. And how you all got along!

  3. So excited to hear all about your trip! I love how you're honest and write about the not so great moments along with the positive ones, too. It reminds me so much of my family vacations:) I've got the popcorn all popped, so I'm ready to read along about your adventure!

  4. Love, Love, Love, Keep them coming :)

  5. Beautiful writing, Dev.
    And I love that you used the walkie talkies for monkey balls. That's some good thinking.

  6. I think I have same sort of personality than you, I understznd how it feels that you are alone even there is people around. Beautiful sunset pictures, beautifully written story.

    Just the day one, waiting to hear more soon.

  7. Its excited to be reading your seychelles adventure, these posts I get to feel like I know the place from all the friends and family that have visited, plus for a change its more along the lines of the culture I've grown up with:) eager to read more:)

  8. P.S. did you guys stop over anywhere in Africa or did you fly direct from Dubai?

  9. love this!! such a beautiful writer! can't wait to hear and see pictures of the rest!

  10. what a blessed girl to have been able to go on such a beautiful adventure!
    Hope everyone had a blast!
    I can't imagine NOT having a good time with all the surrounding scenes.

  11. that sunset would make me cry - SO amazing. I can't wait to read more!

  12. Welcome back Devon! I can't wait to hear more about your trip. I love your writing and the images it evokes. And the photos too.

  13. Therefore enthusiastic to listen for exactly about your journey! I really like exactly how you're truthful and talk about the less than excellent moments combined with the optimistic versions, as well. This jogs my memory so much of my family vacations:)

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  14. What a way to paint our trip. Your writing gets more beautiful with each new entry you post. Can't wait to see the rest of the trip through your eyes! Good job, sister.

  15. Man oh man are your pictures ever gorgeous! I love that you take so much time to reflect on life as it is happening, both for the moment's sake and to have to reflect on in the future. I think it is such a beautiful and admirable trait/habit to have and I totally wish I was better at it myself.


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