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Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 22nd 2010

Guangzhou to Beijing to Seoul to Atlanta to Tallahassee. I shudder at just the thought. 24 hours door to door best case possible, meaning no delays. Delta in the mix, as the last flight on the 9:41 p.m. to Tallahassee, which means definite delays. About three hours worth, as it turned out, first due to mechanical problems, then weather, then mechanical problems, then weather again (no just kidding about the last one). Two toddler boys. Do the math. Crazy antics on the flights and on the ground. Boys were actually pretty good on the long flight from Seoul to Atlanta, although, I suppose, it had to do with that they were pretty much sleeping except for the time spent eating. Bao did take a short break from these activities to watch the movie "Cars" without headset ... read more
Trouble at the Airport
There's Only Room for One Size Check
So Get

Oceans and Seas » Pacific July 31st 2010

This is my 100th blog entry! So to celebrate, we bring back a reader favorite. The Almanac, Part 2. This only covers entries 50-100 and assumes you have some grasp of the basics of the blog (who I am, who Teddy is, the baseball metaphor) For new readers interested in the aforementioned basics read the Almanac Part 1 or start reading from the beginning of the blog. On to the good shit: Lack of Writing in 2009-2010 Excuse 1 I had a serious girlfriend for a few months and then a tumultuous breakup which left me a shell of the person I once was. Think of it like Tiger's extramarital affairs effecting his golfing dominance. (American/Standard) Female Rating System (mentioned everywhere) Why use a simple 10-based metric system for rating girls which makes intuitive sense? Why ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific July 10th 2010

After we survived ashley's driving on the 405 freeway to LAX, we waited in line to check in our luggage. My mom thought it was a great idea to reserve the emergency exit seats. It turned out to be the worst mistake of my life for agreeing with her. Can't really blame her though since she "thought" it meant more leg room. Then BAM! the double wammy for me was to call the window seat; which is prime seatting... but not if the emergency door was 2 feet thick & pretruding into the cabin which left me with 90% leg room than a regular seat. This ultimately led me to sit in this awkward position with my left leg on the emergency exit door and one on the floor. I looked like a lesbian ready for ... read more
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Oceans and Seas » Pacific June 20th 2010

Hello land lovers!! Today is day 2 of my first cruise to Alaska, and there is already so much to talk about. Not much time to talk about it, but I'll give you a quick rundown. We set sail from Seattle yesterday at about 16:00 (that's 4pm to you!) along side the Golden Princess. I went to a training/welcome meeting, then went to my room (bigger than my room on my last contract, and no bunk-beds!!) unpacked my gear, then headed to the Lido deck for a grilled ham and cheese and some chips. I was supposed to be assigned a buddy to show me around the ship and to answer all my questions, but for some reason that hasn't happened, so the past 24 hours has been interesting to say the least. And I have ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific May 24th 2010

Entry #5: 5/24/2010 The Longest Flight I have to write a thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Noemer for driving Kevin and I to the airport this morning at 4:00 am. Wait, was that this morning? I can’t even tell anymore. I haven’t seen the sun set in an unusual amount of time, with the whole traveling forward in time as we flew west. I think we literally skipped an entire evening. Neat. Anyway, we saw a ridiculous amount of traffic for 4 in the morning on a Monday, so thanks for putting up with that guys. Oh, also for the free bagel. So far, everything has gone much more smoothly than expected, given how much of a pain all the planning was. At the time of my writing this, we are sitting in one ... read more
Ronald Reagan AIrport
Tram at Chicago
Chicago Airport

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Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 28th 2010

For the last couple of weeks, Canada has been hosting the Olympic Winter Games. I’ve had so many mixed emotions. The continual footage and news from Canada really makes me want to be home while everything is going on. But compared to regular life on the ship, it’s really exciting right now. I constantly have the games on in my teen club. It’s nice to have news from Canada for a change. The fact that my name tag says I’m from Canada has so many more people striking up excited conversations with me. I feel like I really have the chance to be uber-patriotic and that everyone else is happy about that too. I have however been very disappointed with the US coverage of the games. There are so many events I wish I could see ... read more
Dressed to Win!
Canada Dry Only.
Proud Canadians Singing the Anthem After the Win

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 9th 2010

I have family on board with me! My Aunt Renee and Uncle Allan booked a cruise with me this past December, soon after I arrived here on the Spirit. For a Christmas gift, my cousin Kelsey got to come with them too. For months now we’ve been emailing back and forth and counting down to their arrival. Finally their cruise has arrived! They flew into San Diego the day before their cruise. That last sea day, it felt so exciting to know I was cruising towards my family. The next morning when the ship was docked in San Diego, I went out and met them at their hotel across the street. As I approached the hotel room door, I could hear their voices inside before I even knocked and I was just grinning away. We got ... read more
San Diego Sailaway
San Diego Sailaway
San Diego Sailaway

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Tasman Sea February 8th 2010

Mon 2/8/10 Super Monday Down Under It was another lazy sea day aboard the Volendam in the Tasmanian Sea. We got a late start having lost another hour to get to New Zealand time so headed to the Dining Room for a late breakfast before posting the previous day’s blog. Later that morning we went to the Theater to see “Cooking with Drew” where they had the Cruise Director making a Black Forrest Cake with the Executive Pastry Chef and an audience member. It was pretty funny but no one wanted to eat his creation for some reason. We had Lunch in the Dining Room Hamburger for me and Flounder for John. We then headed back to the Culinary Arts Center for a demonstration on decorating cupcakes that looked like ears of corn, Sheppard’s pie, and ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 7th 2010

It always amazes me how immense the Pacific Ocean is. You can travel for days and not see land or even another ship! So, once again, we left San Diego for a six day sojourn across the great Pacific knowing we’d see nothing but water for days. We have a really spectacular corner room on the back of the ship this year, with a wrap around balcony and windows that make for some really terrific views. I can sit mesmerized for hours just watching the water churn behind the ship, displaying a beautiful array of deep blues, turquoises, and white foam. The further south and west we go, the brighter the blues, the warmer the temperature, and of course the dreaded humidity … lots of bad hair days running around on this ship! We’ve had many ... read more
Michael & Stephanie
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Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Tasman Sea February 7th 2010

Sun 2/7/10 Meeting Kiwis in the Tasmanian Sea Today was a sea day which everyone was ready for after two busy port days in Australia. We lost an hour on the clocks overnight and will lose another tonight to get to New Zealand time. After two sea days we’ll have a day of Scenic cruising in Milford Sound. It was actually a busy work day for us starting out with Laundry which it was good we started earlier since it was very busy the rest of the day when we walked by. We had things in the dryers before we headed to mass at 8. After mass it was time for the daily Suduko and then updated the blog for Tasmania. I had a lot of trouble getting the photos downloaded so will try again today. ... read more
Sharon with Wombat
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Tasmanian Devil




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