arriving in New York City
04.05.2013 - 04.05.2013 75 °F
We have indeed gone around the world on this “trip of a lifetime.” All but ten of those who began in Los Angeles on January 5th disembarked at Ft. Lauderdale the last port on the World Cruise, and others came on board to take their place and sail to Southampton. They are curious, these new folks, about what our favorite port was, our best experience, our most interesting excursion. And those questions can’t be answered because all the experiences are related to one another. The best port was Nuku Hiva where we finally set foot on land after a looong trip across the Pacific last January. But then we went to Rangiroa, and the experience of one of these Polynesian islands was colored by being on the other ... and so it went from continent to continent and month to month as we came to recognize the connections between places and experiences. We loved it all and are extraordinarily grateful for this chance to see the whole world together. We are also extremely grateful for the people who shared the journey, those on the ship and those who read this blog and kept in touch. A special pleasure was having our friends Gail and Togo West aboard with us from Capetown to Ft. Lauderdale.
As we began this final segment of the trip, we sailed up the west coast of Africa to countries haunted by the ghosts of the infamous Slave Trade. Along these shores, captives from the African interior were loaded into slave ships and sent on the long journey of no return to the plantations of Brazil, the Caribbean, and America. West Africans still struggle with widespread poverty and political turmoil, yet manage to have solid hope and visible joy. We carried memories of these vibrant people and their history in our hearts on our homeward voyage across the Atlantic. At journey’s end, we were deeply moved to see Lady Liberty still lifting her lamp “beside the golden door.”