Home in Virginia

January 7, 2018 One day at home before I head out again, but this time for just a training tour in DC. Paperwork, more paperwork and then just a little paperwork. Laundry. Pack. Sleep. Repeat. I love it.

Hirosaki, Japan

October 3, 2018 It was a beautiful 1.5 hour drive from Aomori to the little town of Hirosaki where we visited the castle, gardens and a local museum where they display the paper-lantern-like battles of the past for the annual Aomori Nebuta Matsuri.

Otaru, Japan

October 2, 2018 It was a 30 minute walk to downtown Otaru from where ship docked and the little town could not have been more adorable. There were little chocolate shops and confectioners everywhere. So many samples felt like going to a candy only Costco on a Saturday. There were fresh seafood kiosks that would... Continue Reading →

Petropovlosk, Russia

October 1, 2018 I really wasn't sure why our cruise ship stopped in Petropovlosk. We had to tender the life boats to a broken down dock and there was nothing around for us to see on foot. I was lucky enough to go on an optional that took us through town to show us some... Continue Reading →

Alaska – #50 of 50

September 2018 One word: GORGEOUS! Ketchikan, Juneau and Seward, Alaska. My adult tour company pulled me off of my Autumn Leaves tours because they needed someone to be a cruise host for their Alaska, Russia and Japan cruise. I gladly accepted because I had never been to any of these places. This offer was the... Continue Reading →

Colonial Williamsburg

April 11, 2018 Favorite line of the day: "Are those raisins?" Asked by a student looking at a dessert place setting with fake cakes on the table. They may have been flies.

A WWII veteran wanted to keep me

April 10, 2018 He hugged me and would not let go. I pick my group of 5th graders up super early at Dulles and then we went to visit memorials before the Smithsonian museums open at 10 a.m. We see a bus full of Honor Flight, who are veterans visiting memorials usually just for a... Continue Reading →

Pennsylvania Dutch Country

April 6, 2018 Another fantastic day. Left our hotel in D.C. early this morning, headed to Gettysburg and did the usual Movie, Cyclorama and two-hour battlefield tour. Then to Amish country for food food and more food before bowling in Philadelphia.

Washington D.C.

April 5, 2018 An amazing day with an amazing group from Los Angeles, California. They had a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday which was absolutely perfect and today we did so many things I cannot even keep track. My feet hurt so bad it's not even funny. This time of year it's like... Continue Reading →

50 Years Later

April 4, 2018 "They told us we wouldn't get here. And there were those who said that we would get here only over their dead bodies, but all the world today knows that we are here and we are standing before the forces of power in the state of Alabama saying, 'We ain't gon' let nobody... Continue Reading →

Theatre and the Arts, NYC

March 10, 2018 This is one more my favorite tours because I love my thespian groups! Having worked in theatre and film for many years, I can actually relate to these high school kids, probably more now than when I was actually in high school. This is a very Liberal group from Texas, in love... Continue Reading →

NYC Post “Storm”

March 8, 2018 Today, New York City...Take Two. We were the first ones on the ferry this morning. Hopped off for 5 minutes at Liberty Island to take a photo up Lady Liberty's dress, and then hopped on the ferry back to Ellis Island.

NYC and the “Storm”

March 7, 2018 Sloppy, wet, puddles, wind, closed, slip, chill, people, fall, subways, potholes, ice, snowflakes, mud, slush, misery, fluster, bluster, broken. Done.

NYC, Before the Storm

March 6, 2018 I snored myself awake and turned to see my 3 group leaders laughing at me somewhere near the Delaware border. We left the hotel super early this morning hoping to see as much of NYC before the foot of snow that is expected tomorrow drops on us. First: lunch at Gray's Papaya... Continue Reading →

Dirksen Dining Hall and other things

March 5, 2018 The group leader for my current tour is the high school's administrator and she treats us to lunch every year at the Senate Dining Hall in the Dirksen Office Building. She actually sells it as a field trip experience amongst our country's leadership. Amazing. And so much fun. The bill is usually... Continue Reading →

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Home

March 3, 2018 Turns out my driver never made it to a hotel last night and had to sleep on the bus. All of the Bolt, Vamoose, Megabus and Greyhound busses that left before my transportation options were cancelled, were all stuck there overnight on I-95 and all hotels were taken. So very thankful, as... Continue Reading →

Stranded in NYC

March 2, 2018 Being a Tour Director is just "so glamorous". I just finished up a 3-day TD training for my student company, which went very well, and I had to leave them early to meet a group down in Richmond, VA. The storm was coming in, but I had a 2pm train headed south.... Continue Reading →

Home in Virginia

February 16, 2018 A day of jetlag and laundry. I woke up at 4 am with a nasty headache, so I took 4 Advil, but it turns out I took for Advil PMs by accident. I didn't wake until 2pm, now feeling hungover and still dehydrated. I'm going back to bed.

Cairns, Australia

February 13, 2018 I have 36 guest flying with me up to Cairnes today to visit the Great Barrier Reef. I sat at the far end of the gate next to ours, and wouldn't you know it, chaos ensued when our gate changed to the one I was sitting at. Just next door. "What do... Continue Reading →

Sydney, I’m Sad to Leave You

February 12, 2018 All I did today was walk. Everywhere. Visited the Sydney Maritime Museum, had a fantastic (non-cruise ship) lunch, and walked some more. Such a beautiful city, and I'm sad to leave, but I am looking forward to flying to Cairnes tomorrow for my Great Barrier Reef adventure. I set all the luggage... Continue Reading →

Sydney, Work and Fun

February 11, 2018 I held office hours until 10pm last night for my 100 guests in my hotel and then headed to the other hotel this morning for office hours. Both were very helpful for everyone, thankfully because I had been here before and had plenty of good suggestions. One of the things I love... Continue Reading →

Sydney, Disembarkation

February 10, 2018 I had to say farewell to all of my new NCL friends today. No more magical animal towels to have conversations with, winks from the captain, although he may have been suffering from allergies, blown kisses from the Shore Excursion guy, who may have been gay, my honey mint tea delivered to... Continue Reading →

More Tasman Sea

February 9, 2018 A day at sea. Let's talk about Ship Food. I've had 19 1/2 days aboard this ship, and I have come up with a few solid conclusions. The food gets reconstituted over the course of three days. Possibly four. Basically, the main course at the Buffet (Garden Cafe) may or may not... Continue Reading →

Tasman Sea. Farewell, NZ

February 8, 2018 A day at sea. I'm going to share a little Liz Secret. If you see me at 6:30 am, far from any humans around the corner from everyone's view, out on the windy freezing back deck of the ship, dressed like John Snow at the Wall, where no human wants to be,... Continue Reading →

Fiordland! New Zealand

February 7, 2018 At sea today, but we traveled through three different sounds and into Fiord National Park in southern New Zealand's west side. I think we actually went off course today because a medical emergency evacuation took place in a tiny cove. Everyone was staring at the waterfall on one side while I was... Continue Reading →

Dunedin, New Zealand

February 6, 2018 I'm positive I am not the only one onboard who debated sleeping in their life jacket! This was a super-duper nasty storm. A few nights ago, when we went through the cyclone... That was nothing. I think I heard the ship sobbing. Or a neighbor. Dunedin and the port town we pulled... Continue Reading →

Akarow, New Zealand

February 5, 2018 I didn't get off the ship. I would have to get tender tickets, then wait for my time, then a 15 min min tender, then a bus into town.... Nope. I slept in, then finished another newsletter. Had lunch. Drank 6 espressos. Relaxed. Whenever I have time, I like to spy on... Continue Reading →

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