One of my favourite things about my last vacation was the coffee! Let me explain.
Coffee in Curaçao
My mom and I recently went on a 12 day southern Caribbean Cruise. Sounds magical right? It absolutely was. I’ve been on a few cruises but none were this long. We stopped in 5 places; Sint. Marteen, Antigua, Barbados, Curaçao, and Aruba.
I’ve always wanted to see the southern Caribbean so this cruise was already highly anticipated, but it also came at the right time in my life. I had just been promoted and started my new job just 2 months before the trip. It was a big jump for me and I was completely overwhelmed. I wasn’t myself. I wasn’t remembering that I was new at this and I’m allowed time to learn. I wasn’t doing what I needed to do to take care of myself. Everything felt awful. Have you been through his? It took one not so friendly email from a co-worker for me to kind of have a break down. I know, crying at work is never the goal, right? In the middle of all of this, it was time to stop drowning, get on a boat, and literally sail away from my problems.
Mom and I quickly got into a routine that promoted some primo relaxation. Midday naps, snacks whenever we felt like it, and our daily cocktail. We started to meet people and get to know them. I love that. I love meeting people and getting to know about their lives. The people you meet on a cruise are from all over the world! Have you ever been on a cruise? If you can, I highly recommend it! That is how we met Jhon. Jhon worked at the buffet. It seemed like he was working all of the time. He worked really hard, was always smiling, kind and always new exactly when and how we liked our coffee.
Flag Ceremony: Crew members from all over the world with their Country’s flag
Every time we went to the buffet for a coffee break, we got to know a little bit more about him. When we asked how he was doing, no matter what, he’d always say “Never been better!”. We found out that he is my age and has a family back home in the Philippines that he is working hard for. He has a little girl named Hope who’s 3rd birthday he was about to miss. You could see the sadness on his face though he never stopped smiling. Their daughters name reflected the sign of hope they received when she came into their lives. With Hope, they new everything would get better. Soon after, Jhon was offered this job and was able to provide for his family.
The people I met on this trip helped me realize that I was going to be ok. I was going to get through it. I had been through far worse. When I got home, I took charge, and everything got better. Everything got better because of a coffee break I took while on vacation.
Laura Bradley (040803034)