‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

January 13, 2018

Though the Viking Excursion Bible suggests we buy tikis and other Marquesas handicrafts while we’re onshore tomorrow, at yesterday’s what-to-expect ‘Port Talk’ we were begged not to bring tikis on board. Seems the wood may contain pine beetles, which love teak. And guess what the Sun’s decks are made of?

Cruise Director Heather said: ‘If you...

December 29, 2017

Aztecs. Incas. Mayans. Ancient peoples of Central and South America. In Guatemala, the ‘Mayans’ are still here: they are the descendants — and still carry the name — of those ancients, whose empire lasted from 2000 BCE to 900 AD. Wikipedia says: 

‘The Maya civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization developed by the Maya peoples, and no...

December 28, 2017

The ‘Real and Renowned Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,’ a.k.a. Our Lady of Grace, in Léon, Nicaragua’s second largest city (after Managua). The city is proud of its university, the oldest in Central America, known for its medicine and law programs. Our guide Fito said, ‘Here in Léon, we produce brains.’ And coffee....

December 25, 2017

Sorry for the delay. We were sans internet for about 12 hours.


MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

Oops! Wrong Canal!


Call me Pariah. Maybe it’s because I walk around the ship sneezing and coughing and carrying a box of Kleenex®. The only people who’ll have anything to do with me are my new bridge buddies — because they desperately need a fourth. They are To...

December 21, 2017

A couple of you have reported that when you receive an email notification, open the message and hit ‘Continue Reading,’ you see a blank main page and a message that says I am working on the post. I have gotten the same message! Don’t know what’s causing it, but the quick fix is:

Go over to RECENT POSTS on the right. That supposedly ‘miss...

December 20, 2017

Repeat after me: ‘Cooo-bah.’ 


And, yes, they still serve the first illegal cocktail I ever drank: a Cuba libre. And, yes, rum is the drink of choice: at the Tropicana nightclub, we were served a one-liter bottle of rum for four people. I’ll do the math for you: that’s 8 shots per person. One member of our party took the unfinished bottle home with...

December 11, 2017

A.k.a. Lists Beget Lists

December 2, 2017

Remembering that I signed up for this adventure 582 days ago, on April 29, 2016... I said ‘I do’ one hour before I had to leave to sing a Cantemus concert — which I will do again, later today, three concert seasons later! 

I’ve learned a lot in the meantime, including:


Lamppost maintenance: So that it will turn on by itself while I’m go...

November 16, 2017

28 days.... 7 days x 4 weeks...I leave 4 weeks from today. I have a list of lists... each week between now and then has a list of things-to-do. From buying a new yoga mat to taking tax info to the accountant (I’ve made good progress on this, at least!). Telling the P.O. to forward mail...telling Comcast and Verizon to put me on ‘vacation hold’...vi...

November 11, 2017

‘PassePartout’ would not exist were it not for Anne Maguire and Priscilla March! Both long-time singer friends from Cantemus, they are also Ukululus — need I say more? Anne (blue shirt, seated) is a professional web designer who designed the sites for both Cantemus (www.cantemus.org) and the Concord Women’s Chorus (http://www.concordwomenschorus.or...

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