Friday, August 1, 2008
First Day of School
Cas Abou Beach ... beautiful above and below the water
This well camoflauged flounder couldn't hide from Dan
Neither could this little leopard eel
Sunrise over Curacao from our bedroom window!
Well, our summer adventures are officially over. Today was our first day at the International School of Curacao, and we spent several hours with the new faculty getting acquainted with the policies and resources of the school. Although the students won't arrive until the middle of next week it certainly felt like our first day of school all over again - so much is new and there is so much to learn. We both agree, this has been one of the best summers of our lives, but we also agree that this upcoming school year will prove to be just as exciting and rewarding. Our next update will contain a lot more information and photos of the school as well as a peak at our new ride and apartment.
Our last week of summer was filled with a lot of logistics - acquiring a car (1991 Mazda 626 station wagon); setting up our bank account; installing our DSL (you can now find us on Skype just about every night - dan.erin.kinzer - go to www.skype.com and follow the free download instructions); getting car insurance ($300/year!) - but we managed to squeeze in a trip to the famous Cas Abou beach and also went diving for the first time on Curacao. We actually used our recent certifications to go by ourselves - just the two of us, no instructor, and our International School connections got us all of our rental gear for free! It was great to be really under water again, and we look forward to many more dives in the future.
Now that this new chapter of our lives is well under way I think we can both look at where we have come from and where we are going, and honestly, and simply enjoy where we are. Being married - going and growing through this adventure together - is a source of pure joy every day, and I don't think either of us could imagine doing this without the other. It will certainly prove difficult to be so far from so much of what we've known, but with the addition of Skype into our lives, as well as the adventurous nature of the people we call family and friends, I am sure we'll always feel closer than we are in physical reality.
Don't forget to download Skype, and look us up - and book those tickets to paradise!