June 1998

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Intro

After successfully convincing the parents to take us to Canada for our family trip in 1996, I suggested Florida this year – Orlando, Cape Canaveral, Tampa, St. Petersburg… Disneyworld… and of course, my real hidden agenda, the Bahamas.  At 19 years old, and with my sister at 23 – this was destined to be our last ‘family trip’ together.  And after taking my first serious trip to China last year, did you think I would be happy with just Florida?  I think not.

I took out my map and showed my parents just how close the Bahamas were to Florida – “come on, it’s like right there!”  Long story short, my manipulation  negotiation skills prevailed, and I was soon booking us round trip flights to Nassau from Orlando.

Florida was great, sure, but the Bahamas were beautiful, with its azure waters, bright sand, and beautiful palm-fringed beaches.  We explored the capital’s historic colonial centre, including the Bahamian building and Straw Market, and then headed off to Paradise Island to see the extravagant and just-opened Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel.  After gazing at the opulent lobby, wandering around the hotel grounds, and visiting its amazing aquarium, the biggest highlight of the whole trip happened – we ran into Stevie Wonder!  Which left me star-struck and, of course… ‘overjoyed’!  

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1San Francisco, United StatesJune 7, 1998June 7, 1998
    2Salt Lake City, United StatesJune 7, 1998June 7, 1998
    3Las Vegas, United StatesJune 7, 1998June 7, 1998
    4Orlando, United StatesJune 7, 1998June 11, 1998
    5Cape Canaveral, United StatesJune 11, 1998June 11, 1998
    6Titusville, United StatesJune 11, 1998June 11, 1998
    7Orlando, United StatesJune 11, 1998June 12, 1998
    8Nassau, The BahamasJune 12, 1998June 14, 1998
    9Orlando, United StatesJune 14, 1998June 15, 1998
    10Tampa, United StatesJune 15, 1998June 15, 1998
    11St. Petersburg, United StatesJune 15, 1998June 15, 1998
    12Orlando, United StatesJune 15, 1998June 18, 1998
    13Dallas, United StatesJune 18, 1998June 18, 1998
    14San Francisco, United StatesJune 18, 1998June 18, 1998

    Featured Image

    Nassau, Bahamas

    Modeling my fashionable new Bahamian shirt, just purchased at the nearby Straw Market, while enjoying the view of the deep blue Caribbean waters at Nassau’s Western Esplanade Beach.

    Featured Video

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