The Conqueror recently rolled out a Yosemite challenge. A mere 54 miles. But something I can walk over the course of several days.Continue reading “Yosemite, Virtual and Remembered”
It was late in the season to be visiting the Canadian Rockies. In a few weeks, ski season would begin – but October was sort of the shoulder.Continue reading “Travels Revisited: Canadian Rockies”
It was not my first trip to Scotland. or to Edinburgh.Continue reading “Travels Revisited: Scotland”
I missed last night’s sunset. We’re operating on East Coast time, so my dinner reservation fell intersecting the sunset. Alas, so be it. I wanted the early dinner time and the aft dining room; it meant the dining room was as “clean” an area to unmask as there could be, indoors on the ship, having been least used when I get there.
There are only a handful of us masking regularly at all times indoors or in crowded public spaces. But no one makes any remarks either way about it, so it’s fine. I only had one person ask me about it, at an indoor venue where we were crushed together shoulder to shoulder, but her question seemed like genuine curiosity (or maybe concern about whether I was masked because I was sick and maybe she should be giving me wider berth) but not at all a questioning of my choices.
Which honestly is a bit of a victory; on her last trip, S encountered people who felt the need to comment, but she’s a professor and a pediatric nurse who works with extremely at-risk kids. She does not say anything to grown people making their own decisions even if she disagrees with them (unless a child is actively being harmed / needs medical intervention, of course) but she is so over letting people make snide comments to her, or even passive-aggressively “joking” about her in her hearing. She doesn’t fight or shout – I don’t think either is in her nature – but she will be kind yet extremely direct with people who then have the audacity to seem surprised she isn’t going to just let them say whatevertheeff without any response.
I’m glad people here seem to have a live/let live approach to it here. Or at least anyone who is really bothered by it, is just staying away from me, which probably suits us both.
Anyway…Continue reading “December 15: At Sea”
It will be a short port day today – we don’t dock until 9:45am (guests get clearance at 10:30am to depart the ship) and we are due back on board by 4:00pm.Continue reading “December 14: Cartagena, Colombia”
In real life: happy Christmas Eve! My family will be gathering for church services and Christmas punch and nibbles and holiday specials and reading the birth story from the gospel of Luke.
Here in the past, I’m still at sea…Continue reading “December 7: At Sea”
The breakfast I ordered arrives 15 minutes early. This would be a boon if I was scheduled to get off the ship – but we’ll be at sea today. Good thing I wear something to sleep in that does not preclude a rush to the door.Continue reading “December 4: At Sea”
Being so off schedule is not doing me any favors when I need an extra early rise to get to the airport. But it only takes me a minute after I snooze the alarm to realize I don’t really want to do that.
I have places to go!Continue reading “December 2: Fly and Embark in San Francisco”
We strolled around Wat Plai Laem on the lovely island of all Samui, Thailand.Continue reading “Travels Revisited: Thailand”
Brisk even in the summer – but quite lovely.Continue reading “Travels Revisited: Norway”