Yesterday marked our one year anniversary of living in gtmo. I'm a day late because, go figure, our phone (and therefore internet) lines got cut by accident on Friday during a construction project. We couldn't get it fixed until this morning, so we spent the weekend without our phone and internet. It is just funny because things like that happen often here. I remind myself that I have two choices: complain or embrace it. Admittedly, I was tempted to complain first, but then I (with some gentle prompting from my sweet husband) decided to embrace it and we enjoyed a media-free weekend. You see, living here sometimes equals living the laid-back island life. As the Jamaicans would say, "No problem mon".
In other news, my mom is here visiting for the next three weeks! She is loving it already. Having visitors is relatively easy here. It isn't cheap, but it is fairly easy. A round-trip flight is anywhere from $620-$840 (for non-military) to get here and flights only originate in Ft. Lauderdale or Jacksonville. My mom lives in FL, so it is a quick trip to the airport for her. If she were to live in another state, she would still have to pay for the cost of a round-trip to FL first. Now that would get pricey! Passports are a requirement for traveling here, and there is some paperwork that we have to fill out before our visitor comes, but other than that, it is just a matter of buying a plane ticket.
We are loving life here still. I certainly don't want to live here forever, but I'm in no hurry to leave either! One year passed so quickly, so I really want to take every opportunity to enjoy the time we still have.