March 3, 2020 We saw so many amazing things today. We went to the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ... let’s just say we saw a lot of memorials before going to Arlington National Cemetery. My group had a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then we got access to... Continue Reading →
February 29, 2020 Almost a week since returning from my Westerdam adventure, and it is Back To Work! Reflection inside the Vessel in Hudson Yards The day after I returned home I received several phone calls from the Center for Disease Control, Virginia Department of Health, and the Fairfax County Department of Health. They knew... Continue Reading →
February 20, 2020 The PLAN WAS SUPPOSED TO WORK. A traveler's note: You never want to think to yourself, "Huh, I wonder why the plane is turning around? and why is Pakistan our new destination?" Lobby of the gorgeous Sokha Hotel It was a gorgeous morning in Phenom Penh! A fantastic breakfast and a little... Continue Reading →
January 19, 2020 It all happened pretty quick today. The Captain came on the sound system early this morning and told us that we were getting off the ship, loading onto 10 busses, heading to a hotel in Phenom Penh, and then flown home from there. We had 3 hours to get ready. Since all... Continue Reading →
February 18, 2020 The Westerdam treated all of us to Happy Hour in the BB King Blues Lounge last night. I guess they figured that if we had to have 8-inch Q-Tips shoved deep up into our brain for testing and another one down our gullets, then we deserved to be a little shit-faced. So... Continue Reading →
February 17, 2020 I BOARDED THE HOLLAND AMERICA WESTERDAM 17 DAYS AGO. Sorry, my caps lock must have been stuck. SCUTTLEBUTT: My new ship-turned-hotel-refugee-BFF, Judy Barr, who has been in 'quarantine' in a Phnom Phen hotel for the last two days with her husband and a ton of other Westerdam guests, tells me that yesterday... Continue Reading →
February 16, 2020 If I even hear the word 'quarantine', I am very calmly placing my phone, passport, credit cards and cash in a gallon-sized ziplock bag and will jump overboard, swim to shore, hire a tuk tuk, and get out of here! After disembarking over 1,100 people yesterday, one tested positive for the coronavirus... Continue Reading →
February 15, 2020 Today is the second day since docking and I still do not have flights out of Cambodia. They 'should' have me flying out sometime tomorrow, February 16. I believe there are only 60 of us who will stay onboard one more night awaiting flights home. They are certainly not kicking me off... Continue Reading →
February 14, 2020 WELCOME TO CAMBODIA! What an eventful day! But first, anchor in the bay, have immigration and health officials come on board, 20 people swabbed for the virus, visas glued into passports, and we wait. And wait. We are professionals at waiting. Ok, done, now the ship can move to the dock. The... Continue Reading →
February 13, 2020 Ok, so I did NOT see this next part coming... Thailand refused us entry into their country after two days of negotiations at the 'highest levels' between the Thai government and the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands. Ok, now what? Where? Where can we possibly go next? We... Continue Reading →
February 12, 2020 This ship's hollandaise sauce is one of many reasons why I am perfectly fine with just one of my thighs being the size of ALL of Renée Zellweger. At the next Christmas party, or perhaps even next Tuesday, it may be hollandaise sauce in my mug, not egg nog. The gossip continues!... Continue Reading →
February 11, 2020 This entire experience is just like preparing for a high school prom. You have an idea of who you want to ask to the big dance, you get up the nerve and ask, and luckily, he says yes! You buy a dress and find fun shoes you can dance in that don't... Continue Reading →
February 10, 2020 Where did I leave off? Oh, yes... 7 knots in the Philippine Sea... The Captain had said to us that Holland America was working closely with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Navy and all local authorities to find a solution. So, when the ship's course started heading into the Pacific Ocean... Continue Reading →
February 7, 2020 I was not planning on writing much about this 'event' but I really feel that I owe it to the phenomenal staff aboard this Holland America Westerdam ship to set the record straight. For those of you who have not followed the news, there is currently a massive outbreak of Coronavirus flu... Continue Reading →
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Lancaster Castle, which was used as a jail until 2011, Lancaster Parish that had a massive blow-up of the moon, Lanercost Priory, and Hadrian's Wall, which was amazing!
Monday, November 4, 2019 Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace, the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace, and a whole bunch of other history...
Sunday, November 3, 2019 SO many little towns, castles and estates that we wandered through.... The Cotswolds is absolutely gorgeous! Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway, Broadway Castle, Stanton, Hailes Abbey, Sudeley Castle, Snowshill Manor, and Chastleton House and Gardens Moreton-in-Marsh Hailes Abbey, Cotswolds Sudeley Castle Snowshill Manor
Thursday, October 31, 2019 I thought I was going to kill us both at least 4 times today. These are NOT streets, lanes or anything other than something a man on a horse can drive down. Certainly NOT a sprinter van! A fucking mobile home was coming towards us so I had no choice but... Continue Reading →
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Ok, so sleeping in a Campervan, as wonderful as Bonny is, can be a little disconcerting. Strange noises outside: is someone going to steal the car with us inside snoozing? Today's adventures: Long Man of Wilmington, Arundel Castle and gardens (AMAZING!), Arundel Cathedral, and Petworth House and Park. Town of Arundel... Continue Reading →
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Reculver Towers and Roman Fort, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle, Dover Castle, Bodium Castle, and Hastings Abbey in the dark. Hastings Abbey
Monday, October 28, 2019 SO many things we saw today! We had to pick up our Campervan, Bonny, today at 2pm, so we had to high-tail it over to the last few spots in London before hitting the road. The Horse Guards, the Horse Guards Parade, the Banqueting House, Buckingham Palace, Bonny the Van, driving... Continue Reading →
Saturday, October 26, 2019 The Queen Victoria exhibit at Kensington Palace was incredible! Tea in the gardens, then Notting Hill, Harry Potter gawking at King's Cross Station, then a long ass walk in the rain along the Thames bank. St. Pancras International Winchester Palace The Globe Theatre
Friday, October 25, 2019 Saint Paul's Cathedral, 7 miles of walking, a few bridges, the Gherkin, many underground and bus rides, The Shard, the Queens Mews at Buckingham Palace (really freakin' awesome!) coffee, more coffee, and then some coffee. Feet are very angry. The Gherkin Buckingham Palace Gates Thames River and The Shard
Thursday, October 24, 2019 High Tea at the Savoy, a decent wander around and then an Agatha Christie play. Rad.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Jet Lag: the struggle is real. 3 flights: OGG-LAX-IAD-LHR. 7,232 miles. The Plan: several nights in a super tiny London hotel room so we can conquer the city, and then we pick up Bonny, our Quirky Campervan, to tackle the whole of the United Kingdom in a little over a month.... Continue Reading →
Hiking, snorkeling, sleeping, swimming, reading, sunning, burning, aloe-ing, driving, more hiking, sunrise at 10,000 feet, sunsets at zero feet, relaxing, cooking, drinking, and more sleeping. Amazing 10 days.
September 29, 2019 Again, this country is just exquisite. Spending time here is just so relaxing. The people are so kind, helpful, and just gorgeous!
September 21, 2019 Kronborg Castle below... Downtown Copenhagen below... Hamburg Train Station below...
July 12, 2019 The Navajo Nation is nearly the size of West Virginia, 27,000 sq. miles. It occupies pieces of 4 states and has a population of almost 375,000. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, in southern Utah, is where I took these photos. It is quite the drive to get here but it is well... Continue Reading →
July 10, 2019 Breathtaking. Every time I'm here I noticed something different. The sky has different clouds, or none at all. The 50 Shades of Red radiating from the rocks change by the minute with the passing sun. The sound of the trees being lightly jostled as the storm moves in. Or, more likely, it... Continue Reading →
January 26, 2019 My Down Time this year (before I start full time with my student company and then straight into work with my adult company through October) is 39 days. January 10-Feb 15-ish, with a few meetings and work appointments thrown into these dates. Most would say this is an amazing amount of time,... Continue Reading →