Just to Let You All Know . . .

Hello dear friends and family members. We just want you to know that Carolyn and Mary Jane have arrived back to South Carolina on Tuesday, January 21, about 11:30 PM.  We are sorry we were unable to take you on an exciting journey around South America, but sometimes things are just not meant to be.  […]

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A Good Reason to Learn Spanish

I had so many years during which I could have learned to speak Spanish while I was teaching at the University of New Mexico. . . but I failed to take advantage of this opportunity.  Now my sister and I are in Panama and almost no one speaks English.  Luckily my two doctors do, but […]

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Unforgettable Journey (part 3)

We have reached a new milestone. The doctors allowed Carolyn to be discharged from the hospital; however, she must stay near by in the hotel until Monday the 20th when she will meet one more time with the pulmonologist for his final okay to resume our trek homeward. Carolyn has been told to rest and […]

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Unforgettable Journey (part 2)

Panama City is a major metropolis with many streets and avenues winding their way through parks and major banking regions. There are many man made humps in the streets that control the speed at which the cars may travel. Thus our slow travel time from the port to the hospital. The emergency room staff got […]

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Unforgettable Journey (part 1)

All of our preplanning for this trip did not prepare us for our newest adventure . . . When we got off the tender in George Town in the Cayman Islands, Carolyn suddenly had a great deal of trouble breathing. But after 5 minutes of rest she was ready to visit the shops, checking off […]

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Itinerary for 77 Days Around South America on ms Volendam

  Just a quick post for you to see graphically how this trip looks as a map. As you see we still have a long way to go. Thanks to all of you who are following the blog. Please feel free to comment as we sail along. Mary Jane and Carolyn

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Ships Descend on Cayman Island

On Tuesday, along with 5 other cruise ships, we descended upon George Town in the Cayman Islands.  Our ship, ms Volendam, carries approximately 1,400 passengers whereas the other 5 ships carry far more.  Our shore excursion director made the statement that morning there would be so many travelers/tourists on the Island that day that we […]

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We are out to sea ~ Where we would rather be!

Holland America Line ms Volendam This morning at the shore excursion seminar (focusing on experiences we might choose for up coming ports ), the differences between Travelers and Tourists were brought to mind. Travelers are active; they go strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. Tourists are passive: they expect interesting things to […]

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Integrating a Travel Mindset into Your Daily Life

Too soon after returning home from a trip, we slide into our former pace of life. Our adventures fade into memories. Many of the benefits of the cruise, such as lowered stress, higher levels of physical activity, and multiple interactions with others, that brought many moments of laughter, joy, and interesting conversation seem no longer […]

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Obidos ~ The Town of the Queens

The Travel-in-Portugal.com website tells us about Obidos’s romantic history that makes it even more endearing: “Perched on a hill rising out of an agricultural plain, Óbidos is one of Portugal’s picturesque gems. From its lofty center, one gazes upon expanses of vineyards speckled with whirling windmills and terracotta-roofed homesteads. Nearer, narrow cobbled streets, lined typically with whitewashed, […]

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