Leaving paradise is like ending a love affair with Mother Nature – you just don’t want to do it. Regrettably, the time has come for me to leave the Inn and Antigua. My once minimally packed suitcase is now at full capacity, overflowing with presents for my friends back home. I’m packed, I’m dressed in my travel clothes and I’ll soon roll my suitcase down paradise lane right into my driver’s car. This trip was more than just a great assignment, it was a connection with some very special people, not to mention nature. The beaches are just the beginning of what makes this place so magical. As the waves crash on the pristine white sand, the smell of the ocean air chases away diurnal dilemmas. You realize that there is a greater purpose in life: we move too fast and do sometimes forget to pause and acknowledge the bounty of life and all the gifts that our mind, body, and soul can feast on.
You pull away the layers to find yourself completely relaxed and at peace. You lose track of time as the island romances you and takes you to a place that is far, far away from your daily life. I went on a mini holiday and even though it was only five days, I feel as if I’ve been away for a month. Now that’s the sign of a great trip!
So, this truly marks the end of my assignment. I was fortunate in being given this trip and I must thank the wonderful team at FOX. In the weeks to come, I’ll sit in my office and write about the details of my journey to paradise. My journal explodes not just with the written word, but also with memories of Nirvana that will last forever. I met some incredibly delightful people, stayed at the best resort, ate and drank some terrific food and, of course, discovered some fascinating places. All good things come to an end, so now it’s time to go. Goodbye, so long, and farewell Antigua Barbuda. Breaking up is hard to do, but I leave you knowing that I’m a better man for having spent time with you.