Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Grand Turk
November 27, 2006

My husband and I arrived yesterday and we were not off to a good start. We flew from JFK to Provo on American Airlines. From Provo we took Sky King flight to Grand Turk. It was cloudy and raining which didn't make us happy campers considering we were having unseasonably warm weather on Long Island. The flight was bumpy but I didn't mind since it was only twenty minutes. The captain made an announcement when were were ten minutes into the flight but neither of us could understand him and I'm sure happy we couldn't. I thought he might have been apologizing for the bumps or asking us to join the Sky King frequent flyer club. We landed and saw an American Airlines airplane on the ground. This really annoyed my husband since American Airlines told him when he booked our flight that they do not fly to Grand Turk. If we knew this we could have been spared the bumpy tiny airline and saved money.
Once we got in the terminal we finally realized that we weren't in Grand Turk but were back in Provo! The announcement that we couldn't understand was that the plane was having mechanical failure and had to return to Provo to be serviced! The American Airlines airplane was the one we flew in from JFK!
We had an hour to kill before the next island hopper so we decided to have lunch in Provo Airport. The food was lightyears better than anything I ever ate at airports in the states so that was a pleasant surprise. I had a yummy veggie burger and David had conch chowder and grilled bread. It was time for our second flight to Grand Turk.
When we arrived in Grand Turk only half our luggage arrived. The next plane was going to arrive in two hours so we weren't too concerned. It was still windy, cool and rainy so the beach was not going to happen. So much for waking up at 4:30 AM to catch an early flight.
We took a taxi to our accommodation at The Island House. We were greeted warmly and given a tour around the island. The tour didn't take very long considering the size of the island is 7 x 1.5 miles. We stopped at the airport and the agent told us that she was just about to call us. Our luggage just arrived! Last time my luggage didn't arrive I was at La Guardia airport and had to wait on a long line to fill out a report. My luggage didn't arrive until the next day. It's nice to be a big fish in a small pond!
Around 6:oo PM the rain finally stopped and we saw the sun. We had dinner outside by the beach and enjoyed the stars. David told me that a starlit sky is a good indication that we would have nice weather and he was right.

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