Here's the short of it. I really needed a vacation, like, really really needed a vacation. So much so that through apparent brain damage from too much work and not enough balance, I didn't even think to check my passport until the night before my trip. Sooo, though my planned vaca started out in the NY Passport Agency instead of on my original flight, I finally got my ass to St. Maarten [again] and indulged in all the glory that the island encompasses with two of my dearest friends.
From this experience I have learned a few things. First, don't let work take over your life to the point that you don't function normally in your personal life [and pay attention for signs of such behavior]. Second, travel more so you always know the status of your passport [I can actually laugh about this now]. Third, when traveling, allow yourself to give fully to the experience and never look back.
Until next time...
Photos: Robin West