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Bookish Angel

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About Bookish Angel

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    A Zen state
  • Interests
    Reading, writing, travel, Scrabble, NPR, PBS, meditation
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Celebrity, RCI
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Antarctica, Galapagos Islands

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  1. Celebrity Xpedition. Small, all drinks included, 98 well-behaved, well-traveled, quiet passengers with just a couple of older kids. Destination was the Galapagos so it was a a nearly perfect trip.
  2. Seeing that picture of Bella has been the highlight of a frustrating work from home day. Plus, no weekends plans besides sanitizing the house ad nauseum. 😩 Thank Buddha for Netflix and books. Pets rule!
  3. We don’ travel in the summer so it is not an issue. Will probably do a week or two in the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving if the virus has waned.
  4. Oh, Mike, that is a hard thing. Please know you are both in my thoughts. Sorry, I thought your wife was speaking in my first post.
  5. Sara Wheeler’s Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica Caroline Alexander’s The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft’s No Horizon is so Far: Two Women and Their Historic Journey Across Antarctica
  6. So sorry you lost your job! I was just moaning a bit about having to work from home as our station is closed to all but essential personnel though we are all getting paid our same salary. I need to remember how fortunate I am. Good luck to you and your husband.
  7. To me, Bill Bryson is the King of Cranky. I just cannot abide his writing.
  8. I so enjoy the travel writing of Doug Lansky as he is hilarious, self-deprecating and doesn’t engage in flowery writing. He is a good TEDx speaker as well. Paul Theroux is good but can be cranky and too much of that gets old. I prefer remote adventure travel so the following are among my faves. Sara Wheeler’s Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica Caroline Alexander’s The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft’s No Horizon is so Far: Two Women and Their Historic Journey Across Antarctica Douglas Preston’s The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story J. Maarten Troost’s The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific and his other books. NPR is a very good source for adventure travel reporting and writing.
  9. I would take the money. I can afford to lose the 20% and I have no idea when travel will return to anything remotely normal so that FCC would be useless to me at this point.
  10. Thanks, sippican and 87hoya. I hope you both make it there soon. Antarctica was spectacular and far surpassed our expectations - as adventure travel tends to do. Safe travels and blue skies.
  11. Random thoughts: I can’t imagine spending the time and money to go to Antarctica just for a drive-by but if one has mobility issues then a drive-by is way better than not going. My husband and I went to thrift stores to gear up prior to our February 2008 trip to Antarctica and spent less than $20. We each got 2 pairs of waterproof pants that would fit snugly over our boots for water landings. I am short and thin so I got mine in the kids section, $2.00 each. Hubby is tall and thin so he had no issues finding bargain pants at around $3.00 each. I had good knee-high boots and my husband got a decent pair at little cost. I bought a light pair of new Under Armour gloves that were discounted to $10. They were perfect as they are not bulky, fit snugly but don’t make my hands sweat and were water resistant enough for me. We did not buy special socks but just took multiple pairs of what we had. Wool for my husband, cotton for me and we were fine. Same for hats and scarves which I never wore but my husband did. We were rarely cold (low or mid 30’s F) except for a wild Zodiac ride back to ship when water was pouring in at a slightly alarming but thrilling rate. I wore Under Armour long underwear and left it off after the first landing as I was far too warm with layers. I switched to my 100% cotton leggings and sweat shirts that were much more comfortable and far cooler than synthetics which I never wear. Hubby wore his old ski underwear and was fine as well. Our cruise line included expedition jackets that were more than efficient as in too warm for me, lol! My adult small was too big and looked like a short red dress. I’d requested a child’s large but none were available. We wore our sunglasses much of the time and were glad we had them as well as small bottles of hand sanitizer and our small digital camera in our backpacks. We had great lecturers on our ship but blessedly lacking (for us) in cheesy shows, games, and kids. Fellow passengers were well-traveled, knowledgeable, quiet and understated. Antarctica was wonderful and in our top 3 places visited. We hope to go again.
  12. I have enjoyed your postings, John. Adorable Bella is the kind of dog we want in retirement. So sorry for the snubbing. These are crazy times and everyone is scared. Things will most likely settle down so maybe your lovely condo in Cocoa Beach can remain yours. I hope so - can’t beat the setting and view. I am a native Gulf Coast Floridian who has lived elsewhere since 1990 because I can’t take Florida’s long, humid summers. Hubby and I are looking to retire in less than 3 years and are considering the east coast of Florida for the snowbird season. We like parts of Melbourne (hubby worked in IT at Harris) and Melbourne Beach as both are small and seem unpretentious and we have a friend who lives there so instant social network. It will be interesting to see were we all end up. This too shall pass.
  13. The NPR story. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/20/818791352/4-people-aboard-cruise-ship-in-australia-test-positive-for-coronavirus?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nprblogscoronavirusliveupdates
  14. We crossed the Drake Passage to Antarctica a decade ago and it was insanely rough - cabin drawers and doors banged all night despite magnets supposed to prevent that. The ship was pitching to starboard so much that walking inside our cabin was bruise-inducing but neither my husband or I had any seasickness at the time. However, I became spectacularly ill with projectile vomiting and severe nausea and dizziness the next morning in much calmer seas. My cure for seasickness then and now is a couple of chewable ginger tablets (though I detest the taste of ginger in any form), then a half can of cold ginger ale before lying down on my stomach with my eye shade in our quiet, very dark cabin. It usually takes me about 3 hours to recover. Many people use ginger for seasickness. Just be sure to speak with your doctor about its use before trying it.
  15. Air Force base, no question. Familiar food and no language barrier.
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