So, we planned this trip to Anguilla back in August - we've come every year for the past 10 or so years after coming as a couple only and falling in love (with the island, I mean). Never had any problems - pretty seamless travel from NY - maybe a delay here or there, but nothing to complain about. Then there was this year.
First, we got defrauded on the first villa we picked out - I think I mentioned this previously in response to OPs post. I won't go into details, but there we go - lost half of the cost of the villa - poof! Then, panic set in because we had expensive plane tickets and no place to stay and only 45 days or so to go before our vacation, which we planned for 11 days so we could really relax this year. A very nice woman took mercy on our situation and came through for us - a lot more expensive than we had planned, but then again when you think something is too good to be true, it usually is, so anything was bound to be more expensive than our original fraudulent "deal". The countdown began.
Turned out I had work to do and needed to hole up in SXM for a couple of days (not my cup of tea, BTW) and I would meet my family when they arrived and we would head to AXA together. However, my schedule got messed up and I had to get here sooner (yes, I am here now, as I write this), so I decided to fly Anguilla Air Services. Meanwhile, back at home........another massive snowstorm -feet upon feet already on the ground from the last 2 (or 3 - I've lost count at this point) - I get the notification phone call that my family's flight was cancelled. Will be a couple of hours before they can figure out when they can rebook them. DH on phone for hours on end trying to find a flight - and they finally tell him.......Monday. Keep in mind this was Thursday morning (yesterday) - 4 days away and 5 days into vacation.
I travel on to AXA (oh, and because the other passengers on my flight were delayed due to weather, I was the sole passenger) - I love that 8 minutes - it is so awesome to see Anguilla from the air and to touch down only minutes after taking off. Anyway, I digress.
So, now I am here and my family is back in NY - after a gazillion more hours on the phone with American to see if anything opened up, we are nowhere - absolutely nowhere. Still Monday earliest they can get here, leaving their vacation down to 6 days and me spending the first week alone (okay, if you have to be alone somewhere, it should be here, but I'm just saying....). I finally get so mad with American that I try booking myself and - 'lo and behold - there is a non-stop JetBlue flight Saturday morning with 5 seats left (I needed 4). I jump on it thinking I will just stick it to American (again, silly me...), book it and call American and let them know I found something and they should pay for it because they were going to do that anyway (family was booked on Delta for Monday) - they say nope. Anyway, to make a long story a little shorter, we cancelled our flights on American (I'm going to remember this, being a million miler with them) and booked RT on JetBlue (we will, however, get a full refund from AA). They will arrive, god willing, tomorrow afternoon and my aloneness will be over.
With that settled finally - spent the whole evening and most of this morning working that out - I got myself to SBE by 1:00 p.m. today and parked my butt on a lounger in front of Elodia's and ordered myself a rum punch. And, then I had another one (with some BBQ chicken and salad, too). A major relief and to see that water again - I always say I can picture SBE in my mind and then when I see it again in person, it reminds me that the picture in my mind is not even close to reality. It takes my breath away.....
So, here I am - alone for one more night, sitting in the villa for 5 typing away on the TA forum - glass of wine in hand :)
Tomorrow the vacation really starts........and I've been taking notes on some of the places we have not been to and some that we have not been to for a long time - so I know my fellow TA posters will not let me down!
I will try to write a TR - but we are just not as exciting as OPs - I read their TRs and they're like a travelogue of interesting information. We just like to sit on a beach (different ones often) and be casual. We will make some reservations, but other nights we will wing it. We'll see.
But, as I said in my post heading - I know all the hassle will be worth it in the end... :)