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  1. 18 minutes ago, bennybear said:

    Good morning and thanks Rich and Roy! 

    @cat shepard  some of these wines I would be nearly Millie’s age, I want to drink them now,”. Lol!  

    @rafinmd you should have bought the kilt!  DH took his one time but it needed his own suitcase😂

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    Don't forget, I would have needed to carry it on my back 3/4 of the way around the world!

     

    Roy


  2. 9 minutes ago, Roger88 said:

    Well, these hotels are always located right by the train station. Sometimes its hard to find a really good one but I mean,  if you were looking for a hotel for 2-3 days just to sleep in it, who cares how or where is it located? I think this hotel was worth it 

    Actually, it was just one night and it was almost worth it just for the internet termnal.

     

    Roy


  3. I had just one night in Gothenburg.  My next stop was Stockholm and it was supposed to be a little over 3 hours by high speed train.   It was an easy walk from my hotel to the Gothenburg train station.

     

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    My high speed train suffered a breakdown and I had to disembark in Hallsberg, near the midway point, and change to a conventional train.

     

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    My room at my hotel in Stockholm was not much bigger than my rooms on the ferries.

     

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    The next morning I had a mostly free day in Stockholm before the next leg began:

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    Date: Monday, April 07, 2003 3:42 AM

    I'm lucky today.  My hotel in Stockholm has a free internet terminal right in the lobby.  Welcome to this list to my fellow travelers from the Canmar Courage.  You mentioned experiencing my trip vicariously.   Anyone who takes a preteen and an early teenager for 12 days on a freighter with the experience coming out happily for both generations and the others on the ship (both passenger and crew) already has an experience most people would be very lucky to share
    in.

    In answer to a few questions, I did not buy a kilt in Scotland, but did buy a tie in the Ferguson design.  I am not terribly worried about SARS, my closest to Hong Kong will be about 500 miles.  It appears to be pretty hard to catch except by very close contact anywhere but Hong Kong.

    It's been quite frosty up here, the temperature yesterday was -1 (30 Farenheit) with a 30 mph wind.  

    Gothenburg was a beautiful city with wide boulevards and enticing sidewalk cafes, although my brief time there did not allow much sightseeing.  My high speed train yesterday suffered a breakdown, making a varied day of travel.  It was pleasant and quiet the half hour we were on it.  Stockholm is a lovely city, but just a bit too cold to spend a lot of time outdoors.”

     

    Roy


  4. I'm going to play fast and loose here with the date here.  The Amsterdam was at sea October 22-23 (2017) but the 23rd was pretty routine.  We had a HUGE storm on October 22.  Pretty much everything had to be tied down:

     

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    The sun did come up to a clear sky most of the day but the seas remained choppy.

     

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    Salt was caked everywhere:

     

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    It was a day to adapt to a practice I had developed crossing the Drake Passage several years earlier for descending stairs, grabbing the handrail well before reaching the first step and maintaining contact all the way to my destination:

     

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    Roy


  5. Special to @BWIVince

     

    You mentioned earlier familiarity with the area around Whole Foods in Columbia Town Center.  Yesterday a new park was opened and it's dedicated to 102-year-young resident Vivian "Millie" Bailey.  A veteran of WW2, her park will house the county Veterans Memorial but already features a kid's playground.

     

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    This spunky gal also recently ticked a sky dive off her bucket list"

     

     

    Roy

     

     

     


  6. SPECIAL Shoutout

    Local resident Vivian C “Millir” Bailey has been an outstanding volunteer in my county since she arrived in my county 50 years ago.  A WW2 veteran, a local park was dedicated in her honor yesterday:

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    Now well past her 102nd birthday, she recently crossed skydiving off her bucketlist.

     


    Well done, Millie

    Roy


  7. Thank you for the Daily, Rich.  Tough times for event organizers.  Talk show hosts have become experts at adapting to the times.  I don't can but salute those who do.  Love the quote.  Pork Loin Roast sounds nice but my alternate menu suggestion is Chilled Grape and Cranberry Soup, Ribeye Steak and Cherry Sundae, as  served on MS Amsterdam October 23, 2017.

     

    Today's care list:


    Mrs Vmax with radiation looming

    Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers

    California and Colorado Wildfires

    Sharon’s book club member

    and Krazy Kruisers and Joe

     

    Today's Celebrations and shoutouts:


    Front Line Health Care Workers

    Teachers and school workers

    Fall colors

    Spring coming to New Zealand

    Rendezivir

    Happy 39th, Ichiban Nekko

    and StLouisCruisers son visiting his gram

     

    Roy

     

    PS. There will be a special shoutout in another post today


  8. That's correct, it is a ferry that carries vehicles.  I'm pretty sure both this ferry and the next one had restrooms in the cabin but I'm not sure.  There isn't really anything more on Gothenburg, it was just a single night there.  I'll add a bit of planning info here, one of my go to sites in planning the trip was seat 61, and they described the route from London to Moscow in quite a bit of detail so planning it was pretty easy.

     

    Roy


  9. The plan for my 2003 terrestrial circumnavigation of the globe included 4 overnight segments by ship.  After my 2 nights in Edinburgh I caught a quick train to Newcastle and a shuttle to the port.  The then Princess of Scandanavia sailed from Newcastle to Gothenburg, Sweeden, a journey of about 26 hours probably twice a week (That service no longer exists and the ship is now the Moby Oban, connecting Genoa and Liverno).  We left Newcastle at 3PM Friday and arrived in Gothenburg at 5:30PM Saturday.  There was an intermediate stop in Kristansand, Norway although through passengers were not permitted to go ashore there.

     

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    Many of the details of the voyage are pretty foggy now but I think meal service was a cafeteria with a pretty good selection of items.  There was outdoor deck space but not a significant place to walk.  My cabin was small but comfortable.

     

    wrld1200.thumb.jpg.f3332825f91ed38bf3b4574ed1cf7eae.jpgI took a tram from the port to my hotel in Gothenburg.  It’s now something quite routine but was new to me at the time.    Dinner (Pasta I think) was on the sidewalk outside a restaurant.  There was a curtain of heavy plastic strips to keep clod winds at bay.

     

    Roy


  10. I'm going to take some liberties here for the next couple of days.  The Amsterdam was at sea October 22-23 but I'll report on October 22 at sea tomorrow.  We were actually supposed to be in Inchon October but the Chinese got into a bit of a snit about us going from Korea to China so we extended our time in Japan instead.  These memories come from a 2014 World Cruise medley where I combined Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity, and Amsterdam Bali-Singapore-Cape Town-Ft Lauderdale.  My best flight to Bali was Korean Air, and I took advantage of the opportunity for a stopover in Seoul and my tour on the 22nd was to the DMZ(actually, a "Civilian Control Area at the edge of the DMZ).   We stopped at Imjingak, just outside the Civilian Control Area where our guide got our entry passes and we got our first glimpse of the border fortifications:

     

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    When we entered the Civilian Control Area we first got a look at a model of Panmunjon where the armistice hammered out:

     

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    The armistice did not mean peace.  The north has made several covert attacks including trying to dig tunnels under the DMZ.  We got a look at one, discovered in 1978:

     

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    We visited "Dora Observatory, although it was quite foggy.  I did get a glimpse of North Korea but could not pick it up with the camera.  Here's the tower:

     

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    Roy


  11. 6 hours ago, Seasick Sailor said:

    And Roy, I hope you are feeling better today.

    I'm not sure what this is about.  I'm a long term cancer person.  My doctor has said I will die WITH prostate cancer but will NOT die OF prostate cancer.  My quarterly hormone shots have virtually no side effects.  When I started I used to get hot flashes but haven't noticed that for a few years.

     

    Roy


  12. I haven't yet weighed in on a vaccine.  I'm still on the fence.  I will try to wait for a consensus between Dr. Faucci and my personal physician.  If they agree and/or Canada approves the same vaccine I will be very ready to get in line but for now am not convinced.

     

    Roy


  13. Thank you for the Daily, Rich.  Love the selection of days, especially Clean  Up the Earth Day.    So true on the quote.  Since I don't do seafood I'll pass on the salmon; my alternative is Chilled Peach and Ginger Soup, Spice Crusted Prime Rib, and Apricot Crisp as served on the Amsterdam October 22, 2017.  It was a very stormy day and I'm glad I was well enough to enjoy it.

     

    Today's care list:


    Mrs Vmax with radiation looming

    Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers

    California and Colorado Wildfires

    Sharon’s book club member

    and Krazy Kruisers and Joe

     

    Today's Celebrations and shoutouts:


    Front Line Health Care Workers

    Teachers and school workers

    Fall colors

    Spring coming to New Zealand

    A Baltimore performing arts group cheering and dancing for voters dropping their ballots in drop boxes.

    And the Utah Republican and Democratic Gubernatorial candidates, appearing together in a joint ad for unity.


    Roy

     


  14. 36 minutes ago, VMax1700 said:

    Unfortunately we are heading into 6 weeks of lockdown as the infection rate continues to rise.  Social gatherings and lack of mask discipline  has lead to rising hospital admissions and infection rates.  The age of those infected continues to drop as does the age of those who succumb to the virus.  The older people follow the guidelines quite well, but the teens, twenties and thirties continue to consider themselves indestructible and that is reflected in the current trends of infections and deaths.

    This new lockdown will not be as severe as the March/April lockdown as a wider range of stores are considered 'essential' so hardware stores etc will continue to be open, but many businesses will not open again.

     

    Regarding the surgery, indeed we were 'lucky' that the procedure was scheduled last week, in fact the whole experience of cancer diagnosis, chemo and surgery has been a surreal experience during Covid, surpassed only by the fact that we have been unable to hug children and grandkids.

     

    Thanks again to all on this thread for the prayers and support. ❤️ 

    It just happens that this is also the day for my cancer treatment.  It's actually been relatively normal under Covid, but my treatment is just a shot every 3 months.  What has changed has been masks, sanitizer, fewer chairs in the waiting room, and a temperature station at the entrance but still surprisingly routine.  One new change is in my med today, Lupron to Eligard which is supposed to be almost an exact duplicate but Lupron is in short supply.  I wonder if the Lupron was made in China or somewhere that is under embargo due to Covid.  The other change is that I always had to fudge the treatment schedule to work around my cruise schedule but now I just take the 90-day cycle, fudging only to get to the days the doctor is working.

     

    Roy


  15. October 21, 2017 the Amsterdam was in Kagoshima, Japan.  We had 2 stops on my tour beginning with Aimura Lava Park, a collection of trails, tunnel, and bridges in a big lava field:

     

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    The other stop was Sengen-en gardens and Shokko Shuiseikan Museum.  The spot is the residence of the ruler on the island in the 17th to 19th centuries.

     

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    We had heavy rain as we left Kagoshima but a local high school band gave us a great sendoff anyway.  Their music included a fabulous version of "In The Mood" that really had the Promenade Deck jumping.

     

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    Roy


  16. Thank you for the Daily, Rich.  I must check my meds every day.  I pretty much take my buttons for granted.  I'm not really into Nachos or Corned beef.  Love the quote, almost a corollary to "A journey of a  thousand miles begins with a single step".  My alternate menu suggestion is Chilled Apricot Soup, Japanese Chicken Yakitori, and Blueberry Crisp, as served on the Amsterdam October 21, 2017.

     

    Today's care list:


    Mrs Vmax with radiation looming

    Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers

    California and Colorado (with a new one) Wildfires

    Family and friends of Denise’s friend who died of cancer October 13

    Sharon’s book club member

    and Krazy Kruisers and Joe

     

    Today's Celebrations and shoutouts:


    Occasional posters including Sososailer and HalSailer

    Front Line Health Care Workers

    Teachers and school workers

    Seasick Sailer’s kitchen straightened out

    Fall colors

    A safe return for Cruising-Along

    Debbie’s nephew and his girlfriend

    The World Series


    Roy

    PS: I’ve heard on the news that Ireland is going back into lockdown.  It’s probably quite lucky that Mrs. Vmax got her operation when she did.

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