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Imagestormyla
Feb 26, 2010 8:40 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Start your plans Holly, but book either for the dead of summer or the fall. It's cheapest to go most places in the fall , but then you can't clean up much in the garden. Better to be late with the fall preparations than the spring ones.
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 26, 2010 9:06 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
This Fall Dive Trip to Utila...........WhaleSharks
Stormy, have you every seen any on your sailing trips?
Life is Great! Holly
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Imagestormyla
Feb 26, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Whales, yes. When I sailed on English Bay up in Vancouver. It's an intimidating thing to encounter a hugh whale so close to your sailboat. As you know, sailboats don't have much manueverability.
Imagestormyla
Jun 3, 2010 9:30 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Has anyone been to any fun places?
ImageBecks
Jun 4, 2010 3:04 PM CST
Name: Becks
Northern Va
Where do you want me to start? I've been to all 5 continents, lived in 2 of them - been all over Europe and the US - heck, I've been to places I was too young to remember :)
Attached picture from the island I grew up on - this is a "stock fish drying rack"

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\"Those who love cookies love life!\" Otis Spunkmeyer
ImageBecks
Jun 4, 2010 3:07 PM CST
Name: Becks
Northern Va
Hubby enjoying the midnite sun (around 2 AM) from my aunt's balcony - with a cigar and a blanket - it was taken in May 2006 - average temp was 50°F - day and nite :)

I'm heading home in July - should catch Norway at its best!

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\"Those who love cookies love life!\" Otis Spunkmeyer
Imagestormyla
Jun 4, 2010 6:56 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Bec, What's a stock fish? I was in Norway one year in the last week of July. It was a great time to go. That's a great shot of hubby. I loved watching the sun dip and then turn around and come right back up. I loved all of those little open faced Salmon sandwiches. The people were so nice and friendly.
ImageBecks
Jun 4, 2010 8:01 PM CST
Name: Becks
Northern Va
Courtesy of Wikipedia :)

Stockfish is unsalted fish, especially cod, dried by sun and wind on wooden racks on the foreshore called flakes, or in special drying houses. The drying of food is the world's oldest known preservation method, and dried fish has a storage life of several years. The method is cheap and effective in suitable climates, the work can be done by the fisherman and family, and the resulting product is easily transported to market.

Cod is the most common fish used in stockfish production, while other whitefish, such as pollock, haddock, ling and tusk, are used to a lesser degree.[citation needed] Over the centuries, several variants of stockfish have evolved, notably salt cod (q.v.). Salting was not economically feasible before the 17th century, when cheap salt from southern Europe became available to the maritime nations of northern Europe.
\"Those who love cookies love life!\" Otis Spunkmeyer
Imagestormyla
Jun 4, 2010 8:20 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Bec. It's Bacalao. I always wondered how they did it.

We eat that often on Christmas Eve.
Imagesallyg
Jul 17, 2010 2:12 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Hey great stories!!! Keep em coming.
Rome is my most exotic locale to date, Then Hawaii and Quebec,
I agree on the grocery store, you can really see unusual things you don't have at home. Even going to deep South is funny, a whole aisle of grits and rice LOL

I'm looking for cruise/ Bermuda advice- Anybody been on a Royal Caribbean cruise?
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesheryl
Jul 19, 2010 5:40 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Yup, Royal Caribbean is pretty nice. Please tell me before you book a cruise, I should be able to get a good price unless you come up with some sort of smokin' deal.

Cruises, fortunately or not, have been the way I've done a lot of my traveling. Teddy is the chief geek for a company that specializes in them. My most exotic trips have been to China (Beijing to the Yangtze and then to Shanghai,) the Galapagos Islands (with a few days in Quito, Ecuador,) and a river trip from Amsterdam through Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Hungary. I admit to being a spoiled rotten brat - I've been to the Caribbean enough times that I don't care if I ever go again.

This year the company has given us an allowance for a mega trip. We're still trying to decide between New Zealand and an African Safari.

Quito, Ecuador.

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Imagestormyla
Jul 19, 2010 6:12 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I agree with Sheryl. Of the moderately priced cruise lines, Royal Caribbean is a well run one. I've taken 4 or 5 of their cruises. I never had a bad experience on one, except for some drunken passengers one time. They have good food, lots of ship board activities, nice excursions, quick and friendly steward service. Their tenders ashore are well organized. The valet and laundry service, the spas and salons and casino are all managed nicely. The clubs and lounges all have good entertainment. There are lots of fitness activities, movie and stand up comics. My friends and I are avid card players. They always let us take over some small seating area on the ship and will serve us drinks and snacks there while we play for hours.

We no longer feel the need to go to all of the dress up dinners, and they offer a number of alternatives.` We always book the last dinner shift (main seating) as it's too hard to rush back and get showered and all fixed up after a busy day of touring. Lot's of time we'll go back to the cabin, put on our PJ's, order some cocktails and snacks from room service and then take a nap. Later we'll hit one of the dining rooms that stays open late and then hit the casino. I rarely leave the ship anymore for an island cruise, unless there is some good snorkeling nearby. I treat those trips as totally relaxing vacations.

My one criticism and tip is exchange currency and tap the ATM's on shore. The ship takes a double haircut on your funds. Also, if you must stay in touch with whatever, call your mobile phone company and rent a satellite phone for the trip. It's much cheaper than the ship to shore calls. Also, if you need to stay connected via email, contact your smart card company before hand for special service as the ship charges per transmission for online service. the cost of faxes to and from the ship is horrendous. Also, pack some rolls of camper's toilet paper for trips ashore.

On the more exotic destinations, I sometimes book 2 excursions at every port. I usually eat off of the ship on those trips and never return to the ship until last curfew or before debarkation to the next port.

Another tip, if you are trying to chose between two trips and you plan to make a lot of shore excursions, opt for one of the smaller ships. The lines for the elevators and the tenders can get very long on the hugh ships.
Imagesheryl
Jul 19, 2010 6:47 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Excellent advice, Stormy!

If I remember correctly, the Bermuda cruise is much more ocean time than land time, so bring plenty of sunscreen, some good books or whatever easy entertainment you enjoy. Not that the ship won't provide plenty of entertainment - they keep you going with different events constantly, so you choose how much you relax and how much you play. But like Stormy, I totally gave the dress-up dinners a miss - actually, we didn't even attend the scheduled dinners on the boats that had them. And since we've started going on the river cruises, it's typical to have open dining, sometimes buffet, sometimes not, depending on the meal. But there is ALWAYS way too much to eat.
Imagestormyla
Jul 19, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yes, Sheryl, but RC now offers Gourmet Calorie and Fat conscious menus too.
ImageHollyAnnS
Jul 20, 2010 5:53 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
WOW Sheryl you really have gotten around. I've never been on a cruise. RIc has no interest on one, I keep thinking that when my fiend Jane retires her and I might just go on one.
Life is Great! Holly
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Imagesheryl
Jul 20, 2010 7:54 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
I am very fortunate, without a doubt. And the offer to check out prices is serious, please don't hesitate to ask.

Freudian slip, Holly? Is she your best fiend, lol?!

I really do love the river cruises - I doubt that I'll ever go on an ocean one again, unless it's the Greek Isles - and even then, I'd prefer one of the smaller ships.... you often run into the same people and I have great memories of times spent with familiar strangers on the smaller cruises. That's tough to do with 3000 people.
ImageHollyAnnS
Jul 20, 2010 8:24 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Hilarious! Hilarious! Yes, We have been "fiends" together for a very long time. Thumbs up

Jane her husband and Ric & I travel together a couple of times a year. We have had some pretty good times together. I know just what you mean about good times spent with familiar strangers. Jane has a July 4th party every year we have the best time with some of her neighbors mostly that is our only contact a few hours once a year. But we always look forward to seeing them.
Life is Great! Holly
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Imagesheryl
Jul 20, 2010 8:49 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
BFF- Best Fiends Forever!

Exactly, Holly - I love those relationships.
Imagesallyg
Jul 20, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Wow, thanks for the tips. Sheryl--how cool--Unfortunately -this time- We've already booked it way back in February.

We take a day and a half to get to Bermuda, then have most of one day plus the next morning for on shore. We plan to keep moving and see things the first day, the second is kind of short and we may just stay. closer to the Dockyard, go to that skorkel area/ beach.
Its only a five day cruise, we figured we'd see how we like it and if anybody doesn't we won't be stuck as long--plus short cruise = less $ than long.

On Bermuda you can use american dollars. I do need to call and get approved to use ATMs there just in case...When I went ot Rome I called and notifies them I'd be over there--they neglected to advise me that I neeeded APPROVAL / special ID # to use an ATM there!!! I got to thehotel in a a semi dramatic fashion, and then later that morning on our first walking tour we stumbled right into the American Express office!.

I think I'd take New Zealand. I read a book called Honeymoon with my Brother about two guys who do some serious traveling when one of them gets left at the altar. Pretty interesting.They did Africa last and admitted they were roughing it but it seemd especially rough LOL. But then poor Africa needs support so badly...
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Jul 20, 2010 1:18 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Visiting Africa via Cruise ship is not roughing it. Just don't eat or drink anything obtained on shore. Make sure to visit your local traveler's health services for the proper immunizations about 4 months before you depart. They'll give you a WHO card with your shot records to carry with your passport for rentry into the US or any connecting countries. Africa is the # 1 spot that can get you booked into quarantine at our and other nation's customs points. Blinking

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