‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

December 31, 2017

​New Orleanians Mark and Steve adopted me once again last evening in the Explorer’s Lounge and invited me to dinner at The Chef’s Table, one of the specialty restaurants onboard. Last night’s set menu was Chinese and included very gingery hot and sour soup, a coconut sorbet palate cleanser, stir-fry beef with a very tasty rice concoction that was...

December 30, 2017

Anne warned me that people design websites then have no content to fill them. This is one of those times. Awake in the middle of the night, I took some photos, then added a few from last evening and this a.m. So, here’s a look Inside and Outside My Little Piece of the Sun.

Whenever I travel now, I toast David with his favorite, an Old Fa...

December 29, 2017

One inducement to sign up for this avventura was a $750 credit in the ship shop and another $750 in the ship spa. Not being in the market for gems (some of you may recall my story that, when offered a diamond engagement ring or a Persian carpet, I took the rug), I asked to put both vouchers together and I now have $1500 to spend in the spa!  That’s...

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 27, 2017

In one hour, I report to the Nordic Spa for my ‘Wellness Screening.’ No, it’s not like being processed through Ellis Island to make sure I’m healthy enough to enter the country — in this case, Nicaragua, later today. Being a closet masochist, I volunteered for this. I’ll let you know what the beautiful young Swedish lady concludes, after the 110-mi...

December 26, 2017

Literally ‘pure life,’ the phrase captures the relaxing way of life of Ticos and Ticas, the people of Costa Rica. Today we are moored in the Gulf of Nicoya on the country’s west coast, on the one and only pier sticking out from the town of Puntarenas. Despite our guide’s all-positive comments about the town and the region, you can judge for yoursel...

December 26, 2017

Can’t see any in the photo, but the ship was accompanied for hours yesterday by a flock of diving seabirds. The onboard naturalist confirmed they are Brown Boobies, and a couple of them, he claims, were Red-footed. 

Christmas dinner in The Restaurant with new friends Meredith ad Linda. Meredith was very smart: she asked for a table large enough for...

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 24, 2017

First, I apologize to David for mistaking a fuel barge

for a tugboat. Tuggy was one of his favorites and I

should have remembered. 

*Until today, the Erie was the only canal I knew.

At 7:30 this morning we entered the Gatun Locks and arrived sometime later in Gatun Lake. We’ve just spent about 45 minutes negotiating the Pedro Miguel Locks and, in...

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