Archives in Category: Travel

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St. Thomas

Over the years, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands has been the go-to destination for cruise ships. The island is part of the United States; English is the native tongue; and the shopping is unparalleled.  Especially if you’re in

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Economics of Cruising

There are certain trends Earl and I have noticed in our fifteen years on board cruise ships. (We haven’t spent fifteen years continuously, you understand; only a couple weeks each year. But it’s enough to notice changes.)

You can have

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Dangerous

I usually try to stay under the radar when going through airport security: nothing metal in my pockets, no belt, no shoes, remove computer from case, remove liquids from luggage. I’ve traveled enough to know the drill, but it didn’t

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Getting Ready

We leave early tomorrow on vacation, so today I’m starting to shut down the house: unplug the computers and printer, stop the hand-wound clock, and empty the refrigerator of items that won’t last until we return.

I have a whole

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Crazy Weather

Earl and I often have some of our best conversations in the first few moments after we wake up.  This morning was no exception.

The weather here in southwestern Michigan has been balmy for the season.  Yesterday and today are

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Wicker Park

I am slowly returning home from a long weekend in Fargo, ND, and am currently waiting for my next connection in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

I’ve never particularly liked O’Hare; it’s big and dirty and impersonal. It’s filled with high

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All the Way Home

It was a week ago that we spent our last night on the Regal Princess before disembarking on our own in Copenhagen, Denmark.

I’m one for marking all kinds of anniversaries, so today I’m acknowledging that I’m finally sleeping in

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Images

We’re on our way home, but I’m the sort of person whose body shows up at a destination long before her mind arrives.

So while Earl and I and our carry-ons head to the Copenhagen Airport, I’m recalling faces and

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In Country, Day Two

I’d read Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in college and knew the story centered on the Danish Prince who is instructed by his father’s ghost to seek revenge on those who killed him. As many Shakespearian tragedies do, it spirals downward from there.

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In Country, Day One

My son Kevin has described an in-country experience, particularly when you don’t know the language or the layout, as a time when you feel lost and stupid.  This certainly describes Earl and me at the end of Day One in

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