Today was my last day at work. It was a crazy hectic day as I tried to get all of my projects into a good position to be taken over by whoever comes next. In the middle, they had a little send-off party for me. It was possibly the nicest sendoff I've ever had. I truly am going to miss the wonderful people I worked with. I checked into my flight and went back to work so that I could take all the time I needed. On my way out, I hugged my girls, but the only thing that made saying goodbye ok was that it really wasn't goodbye, it was “see you later.” I will be back, hopefully sooner rather than later. As I sat at the airport, I was already missing my St. Kitts friends. I can honestly say that when I moved and from Terre Haute, and even from PA to St. Kitts, I don't think I felt this sad to leave. The circumstances are different, but St. Kitts truly was my home for a year. By now, I've been told I drive like a Kittitian, dance like a Kittitian, and been asked a few times only half-jokingly, “are you sure you aren't Kittitian?” As icing on the cake, my going-away present from work was an iRepSKN shirt. Yes, anybody can walk into the store and buy one, and I'm sure there are plenty of tourists keeping it in business. However, that is about the only “souvenir store” that locals also shop at to buy SK gear. Most of the girls at work have the t-shirt. Because I'm not from St. Kitts, given the connotation, I wouldn't have felt right wearing one up until recently, after I felt I had “arrived.” Obviously they felt so too. I take that as a huge compliment.
Now however, it is time for me to move. Since I have a little time and a lot I'd like to see, I'm taking the long way home... The Liat flight was remarkably close to on-time. I landed in St. Maarten tired, but maybe that is good in that it distracted me from wondering if I made the right decision. The taxi ride to Philipsburg was $18 for 20 minutes, but since no buses were running, I shelled it out. One thing I noticed is that there seems to be a lot more going on in Simpson Bay at night than Phillipsburg. Simpson Bay was all lit up and there were tons of people out. Phillipsburg is pretty much as I remembered it- mostly shut down and calm. I am staying at Seaview again. My room this time is pretty similar, although the bathroom is bigger and it has a different view. Honestly, since I'm only there in the dark, I really don't care about the view.