Sea Days on a Cruise

A lot of people have asked what we do on sea days and also ask if it is fun. Ummm…. a sea day is fun the first sea day of the first cruise and thereafter every sea day is boring for the most part. The ship has all kinds of activities so you can busy […]

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Grand Cayman Island

All I can think about when docking at Grand Cayman Island is the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.  I dunno…. It’s probably because it’s one of my three sons’ hands down favorite movies or maybe it’s because the scenery just lends itself to imagining Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa on ships in the ocean.  Or […]

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A Day in Panama

The locks and canal were fantastic!  We also decided to make a day trip through the rain forest, take a tour of Gatun Lake and stop briefly in the Embera Indigenous Village to see traditional Embera songs, culture and of course buy their beautiful local crafts. The cruise line requires you to utilize their tours […]

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Cartagena — The People and Neighborhoods

I loved the old city area that Paulina showed us. It was evident that many people live a simpler and slower life here. People still fish from simple boats, homes are shared by multiple generations in many neighborhoods. While the old melds with the new, many of the people maintain traditions and lives that remind […]

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Panama Canal

This great story of the Panama Canal was part of American history and geography when I was growing up.  It was a marvel of engineering, as well as a statement to how hard people will work to achieve a tremendous feat. Ultimately completed under the stewardship of the United States, the original attempt was via […]

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Rainbows and Waterfalls

When I see rainbows, I know my grandma is near. She’s being showing me rainbows since she passed away in 1988 and they are a sign of comfort to me.  Being Icelandic, spiritually, I figured she would travel with us in some fashion or other, and a rainbow is awesome. Skogafoss is a beautiful waterfall that […]

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Volcanoes, Trolls, and Sagas

  We like to hire local guides on our trips as they have the knowledge and the interest in sharing. Our guide, Stefan is Icelandic and was excited to have two Icelanders to take around ‘our’ country. The last two days of our trip are jam packed with waterfalls, farms that our family used to […]

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Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is quite popular and is located between the airport and Reykjavik.  Due to that factor, many tourists stop at the famous Blue Lagoon upon arrival before heading to the capital city.  At the bus stop outside the Blue Lagoon, there are lockers where suitcases can be stored while you enjoy the thermal waters, […]

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Waterfalls and Geysers

We made reservations with Mountain taxi to take us on the Golden Circle tour. Our guide picked us up in a monster black van that has plenty of room for us and the four other people on the tour.  Designed to crawl up snow covered mountains and go down muddy roads, it was a fun […]

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Reykjavik

“Just git out there” is our motto for Iceland. Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland and has the largest population in the country. Iceland is one of the most educated countries in the world with over 99% literacy rate among adults.  More than 90% of the population speaks English. They are know for keeping […]

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