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  • Dana E. Kaplan

From the Caribbean to the Gulf

Moving to a new city is often a bit difficult, but settling into Mobile, Alabama, has been a breeze. I had never visited Mobile before stepping off the plane to accept the new position as interim Rabbi at Spring Hill Avenue Temple. I spent the summer going back and forth between Kingston, Jamaica and Mobile, working on getting a permanent residency for Jamaica, unsuccessfully. Two weeks there, two weeks here, this lasted all summer. This was not so bad as it led to a gradual move from Kingston, making the departure from there less painful and helping to make the move to Mobile easier. While it is only 1137 miles between the two cities, I learned that all Mobile flights go through Atlanta, making for a very long day. I can tell you the best places to eat at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and which ones offer the best WiFi connections. From Atlanta, I flew into the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. The airport is located on the Palisadoes tombolo, a narrow strip of that connects Port Royale to the main land, and the airport is near the center of this strip of land. Initially, I flew Air Jamaica then it was bought out by Caribbean Airlines located in Trinidad, so I changed to Jet Blue, eventually changing to Delta Airlines to fly into Mobile.

Upon arrival at the Mobile Regional Airport, I was immediately enthralled with an antique car in the lobby.

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