January 8, 2019 Training session with my student tour company here in the D.C. area. Cool people.
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.
January 5, 2019 A rough ride to Alcatraz because of the swells, but the rain would stop every time we got off the bus for photos! #GoodKarma. Such a great group!
January 4, 2019 A Gorgeous morning on the 17-Mile Drive with an exceptional group of guests! It is such a privilege to have such a fabulous 9-day Family of 43 people!
January 2, 2019 Day 6 of a 9-day tour and everything is just so beautiful. A fabulous way to start the New Year!
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
March 11, 2018 67 miles in 10 days. On foot, yo. But, I get to see Sara Bareilles on her last night. Break a Leg!
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 →
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.
March 7, 2018 Sloppy, wet, puddles, wind, closed, slip, chill, people, fall, subways, potholes, ice, snowflakes, mud, slush, misery, fluster, bluster, broken. Done.
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 →
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 →
March 4, 2018 Every year I have this group and I absolutely love them. We always have a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and one young lady was dressed in her traditional Native Hopi dress. Just gorgeous. She had to get special permission from her Tribal Elders to even step foot... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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.
February 15, 2018 16,000 miles, 22 hours on planes to get home. Totally worth an amazing month Down Under.
February 14, 2018 Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef is now checked off my Bucket List! Breathtaking! It took an hour and a half on a high speed catamaran to get out to the platform where we were going to spend the entire day. This platform was just one of many companies out in the... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →