On Sunday, the van and camper and Mark and Ryan depart Dunedin for Port Everglades. On Monday morning, they meet up with Aturo to get the paperwork ready for customs and the van & camper go on a giant RORO ship. Mark and Ryan are taking a Greyhound (Ryan’s idea) back. This is stressful as it completely 100% commits us to leaving. Some small freaking out moments happened. So much in not knowable — will people steal stuff from inside? Will it cost much more than we planned? Will we get stuck in South America, unable to return??
But the moments passed and we all feel better. We spent all day cleaning and organizing the camper for whatever kind of Colombian inspection lies ahead. Laundry, paperwork (and holy cow, is there a lot of paperwork!), van maintenance — so much fun. Tomorrow we condense our personal belongings into three dufflebags for the next 13 days and for the inevitable plane trip to Cartagena on 12/12/12. Then we are stuck here. Without a car. For 13 days.
We have reservations for two rooms inside the walled city – one family room that sleeps 6 and one additional room that sleeps 3. The dogs will be guests of a veterinarian down the street from our hotel. The van & camper is scheduled to arrive on 12/13, which is Thursday. But the RORO ship stops along the way and it could be delayed so we may not be able to retrieve the vehicles until Monday.
One thing we did do this evening is to try to make reservations for language immersion in Ecuador. Mar Azul is our first choice (http://ecuador-spanishschool.com/) – they have salsa lessons, too. Not sure how they feel about 6 kids being there, we’ll see.