After I wrote yesterday’s blog Sandy hosted the history faculty end of semester party. It was a mixture of the graduate students (or as we would say in the UK post-graduate) and the members of the teaching faculty. It was a great evening, and I chatted to loads of people.
Today I say farewell to Florida and travel north. Thanks to Sandy and all the wonderful people who I have met. It was an amazing and wonderful start to my trip. I shall remember the sense of space and openness, the wonderful weather and the beach. I also learned a lot about the treatment and experience of the Native American Indians, and it will be interesting to reflect on that as I also encounter the Maori issues when I get to New Zealand.
Sandy was threatening to warn people who are hosting me in the days ahead of the trials and tribulations of hosting me. I thought I should make a preemptive strike in this blog. I did my very best to behave! But don’t worry. Sandy packed up so much food for me on the train that I won’t need to trouble anyone to feed me for a week.
I have to admit I will not miss the mosquitoes. Nathaniel, Sandy’s godson, was winding me up when I was planning, saying that there would be something that wanted to eat me in every place I went. Alligators were the Florida threat. Not so! I survived the Everglades, but was eaten alive in the Yard.
I picked up the train at Delray Beach, near Boca It was a wee bit worrying when the departure board, which had shown local trains, said nothing about my train. I suspect this was because the line is used by two different companies.
It turned out that there was no need to worry. I was greeted on the Platform by the train staff who were welcoming and helpful. I found my small room and then my steward for the next 24 hours came and introduced himself and explained things to me. His name is JD. Our route takes us north through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and on to Virginia: 23 hours in total. After endless sunshine in southern Florida we were an hour and a half into the journey and were given a tornado warning!
It is obviously going to be an interesting trip!
No pictures of the journey, but I will see what I can do later.