Friday the 13th hits Antigua
I was looking forward to taking a break from text commentaries and my other duties on the BBC Sport website and just enjoying some live cricket.
Having made England-watching trips to Australia and New Zealand over the last two winters, I booked a holiday to take in the Tests in Antigua and Barbados. Sun, sea, sand and plenty of cricket - perfect.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would witness a Test match being abandoned after just 10 deliveries, but that is what happened at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, a turn of events which left a bitter taste in many mouths here in Antigua, not just mine.
My parting comment before I left the office was: "Feel free to call me if a sensational story breaks while I'm out there." Next time, I'll have to choose my words more carefully!
Cricket crowds are, traditionally, more patient than those in many other sports - yet after eight balls of play, a rain delay and then just two more deliveries, fans around me showed clear frustration when Fidel Edwards ran in for the third or fourth time without delivering the ball, pointing to a problem with his run-up.
"Get on with it, Fidel", came the cries from those who did not realise what was about to occur.
The frustration around me in the South Stand grew as the umpires, captains and match referee consulted. Music continued to belt out from the Party Stand, while some of its inhabitants took a dip in the pitchside pool - but despite the Caribbean sunshine, those of us up in the stands were very firmly "in the dark" as a slow handclap began.
Friday's local papers here had warned of the possible problems with the outfield - and it eventually became clear that the game was up when the players walked off. I saw one fan buttonhole Andrew Strauss as he walked up to the players' balcony, asking what was happening - while Nasser Hussain and a Sky cameraman were waiting to pounce on the officials as soon as their deliberations were concluded.
Still, however, the public address system remained silent and I actually learned that the game had been abandoned via a text message from a friend in London! It was more than half an hour after play was halted that a garbled announcement was made to the paying spectators.
One England fan I spoke to compared the wall of silence to that experienced by the Oval crowd at the Test forfeited by Pakistan in 2006, when the fans were similarly kept out of the loop as events unfolded.
As we all trooped disconsolately out of the stadium, "what happens next?" became the topic of conversation. The possibility of a move to the Antigua Recreation Ground or Sir Allen Stanford's ground next to the airport or instead scheduling back-to-back Tests in Barbados were all debated, as was one wild theory which suggested the ARG's bowlers' run-ups would be dug up to a depth of eight inches, then transported to the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and flattened into the existing run-ups with a heavy roller...
As it turns out, we'll all be off to the ARG on Sunday - although an English couple I spoke to, who had visited the old ground yesterday, felt the outfield there was in no shape for Test cricket either, having been used recently for football - so clearly the ground staff will have their work cut out over the next 24 hours.
After such a fiasco, the repercussions for Antigua could be long-lasting. On the way back to the hotel, our tour bus driver spoke of "shame" and "embarrassment" at how things could go so wrong, considering the huge financial importance of a home Test against England to the local economy. We also listened to a local radio phone-in, with some angry Antiguans demanding that the island's cricket officials should resign en masse.
Intriguingly, Antigua is currently awash with election fever, with flags, bunting and posters of the various candidates adorning every lamp-post, telegraph pole and street corner, and some of the locals I spoke to felt the events of this particular Friday the 13th could yet become an election issue.
So, two things have become clear - firstly, if the West Indies Cricket Board thought they had put the logistical problems of the last World Cup aside, they may have to think again.
And secondly, as a journalist, I've learned that you're never really on holiday...