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  1. Continuing on my way towards the Trans Siberian Railroad my first international travel day was March 16 (2003). The day got off to a pretty early start boarding Amtrak's Adirondack to Montreal at 9:45AM, arriving that evening at 7:40. There was still quite a bit of ice on the Hudson. I had planned on a couple of days in Montreal before boarding my freighter and booked a hotel for 2 nights. My parents grew up south of Montreal and several cousins still live in the little town of Howick. I picked up a rental car and crossed the Mercier Bridge to the south shore. I had just heard about a new disease emerging in China and stopped at a store on the way picking up a few things including hand sanitizer before visiting my first cousin. We talked for about an hour before I left to have lunch with a second cousin. I had a nice lunch there before heading back to Montreal. The first cousin sent out the only email of the trip that I did not send. " Date: Monday, March 17, 2003 9:13 PM I saw Roy today. He dropped in at my home in Howick this morning on his way to another cousin's home for lunch. He asked me pass along the news that he arrived in Montreal safely and that he made it to Howick to visit family. He looks well and was not even using a cane when I saw him. He will be boarding the freighter on Tuesday afternoon or early the next morning depending on sailing time on Wednesday. I look forward to Roy's next message as I am sure you do. Evie" Roy
  2. I don't think this is restricted to HAL; let me know if I'm wrong. This time in 2011 I was on a Blount Small Ship Adventures trip via the Erie Canal from New York to Montreal. There was a break in the canal from spring storms and October 6 there was a bus bridge between ships on either side of the break. While our new ships were being readied for us we spent most of the day in Cooperstown New York. Here's the Baseball Hall of Fame: The other main attraction there was the Farmers Museum: My how times have changed: It wasn't all museums; there are some nice vistas in Cooperstown as well: Roy
  3. In October 2011 I started one of my stranger combinations. I set sail October 1 through the Erie Canal on a Blount Small Ship Adventures from New York to Montreal (well most of it; floods had damaged a section of the canal and Blount was lucky enough to have a ship on each side of the break), then boarded the Crystal Symphony to take the ocean route back to New York. October 6 was the day we had the bus bridge between ships and the sun came up very nicely over Little Falls, New York: Roy
  4. In October 2011 I started one of my stranger combinations. I set sail October 1 through the Erie Canal on a Blount Small Ship Adventures from New York to Montreal (well most of it; floods had damaged a section of the canal and Blount was lucky enough to have a ship on each side of the break), then boarded the Crystal Symphony to take the ocean route back to New York. October 6 was the day we had the bus bridge between ships and the sun came up very nicely over Little Falls, New York: Roy
  5. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. I don't know what to make of Come and Take It Day, but thank God for our Physicians' Assistants, and the Mad Hatter is a great story. Love the Quote and Chicken Stew sounds great. My alternate menu suggestion today is Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho, Braised Lamb Shank, and Pineapple Crisp as served on the Amsterdam October 6, 2017. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers Burnout at work, especially Live4cruises Deceased CC Member wizard-of-roz and her family California and Colorado Wildfires RIP Bob Gibson Those in the path of Delta President Trump, Melania and the entire White House staff Denise’s friend with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers Ger_77 visiting grandchildren cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters Henry Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles Rice (Nobel Prize Medicine) and highland cruiser, gigianne, and cat shepard all getting flu shots Roy
  6. Yesterday somebody (I think @St Pete Cruiser) asked about my Trans Siberian journey. If there are no objections I will do that whole trip a little at a time. I did not carry a laptop on that journey but did send a series of emails to family and friends mostly from internet cafes. Over the next days I will share the emails, likely a few photos and comments. The introductory email outlined what was supposed to be the plan of the journey (famous last words) and some other comments and perhaps a few photos. " I'm starting out with a few problems. I had a fall on a patch of ice February 26 and am using a cane part of the time, but hope to get rid of it before departure. Also, my frieghter out of Montreal is running very late due to weather and if on it I would miss my connections for Scandanavia. I have been offered an earlier ship, but it requires leaving about a week early. I had planned on a visit with my family in Montreal, but it may not happen as I must leave just before the ship's expected departure. Then again, if there are more delays I may have several days in Montreal. The schedule looks like this: Leave for Montreal about March 13-15. Leave Montreal about March 16. Arrive Europe (Kent England or Hamburg) approximately March 25. Unscheduled time until March 30; a few days in Scotland. Ferries across the North and Baltic Seas and a trans Sweeden train, ending up in Helsinki April 8. The Trans-Siberian Railroad to Beijing with stops in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Lake Bakal, and Mongolia. The cruise ship Crystal Harmony leaving Beijing April 27 and arriving Vancouver May 23. The train across Canada with connections home." My actual departure turned out to be March 15 with a transit connection from my home to the BWI train station and an overnight in New York. Roy
  7. I was at sea October 5 (3 years ago) and don't have too many photos for the sea days but thought I would share one that interested me from an Amsterdam stairway, the mementos of Amsterdam's visit to Baltimore: Roy
  8. Today's sunrise is another from my 2017 Grand Asia segment on the MS Amsterdam. This was October 5: Roy
  9. Today's sunrise is another from my 2017 Grand Asia segment on the MS Amsterdam. This was October 5: Roy
  10. I disembarked the Serenity on March 3. As of then Crystal had NOT gone downhill in the least. Roy
  11. Glad you're getting your flu shot. Roy
  12. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. What a great selection of days; I salute all of them. That quote by the Dalai is spot on. My alternate menu suggestion is Supreme of Fruit Galliano, Boston Lager Flatiron Steak, and Pear Frangipone Tart as served on the Amsterdam October 5, 2017. Apple Cider Glazed Chicken is also a great choice. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers Burnout at work, especially Live4cruises Deceased CC Member wizard-of-roz and her family California and Colorado Wildfires President Trump, Melania and the entire White House staff Denise’s friend with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers Ger_77 visiting grandchildren cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters Marmot@Sea booking inaugural Rotterdam Transatlantic Roy
  13. That's just a little hint of why I've been to the show 10 times. I will say I came about the obsession honestly. I visited Newfoundland for about a week each in 1999 and 2000, and briefly visited Gander both times. On 9/11 I heard about the kindness of the people there and the story rang true but quickly faded deeply into my subconscious memory. Fast forward 15 years and I was on the Crystal Serenity Northwest Passage cruise and we sailed between Newfoundland on September 11. I was looking for something different for a parting shot that day and the story finally made it's way into my active memory. I had not then heard of Come From Away but a reader alerted me to it and the show was playing at Ford's Theater in Washington then. You might say the rest is history. Each time I laugh like crazy several times and also break into tears. Roy
  14. If you can't get the video to load try googling "Prayer from Come From Away". There are several places posting it. Roy
  15. Do you get Sundays off this time around? Roy
  16. How horrible! Are you willing to share your friend's first name? If not, we'll understand. Roy
  17. I have also learned that today is the Feast Day of St. Francis. Let me share my favorite rendition of the prayer of St. Francis: Roy
  18. My worship is on Zoom so I must get at least more or less dressed. Roy
  19. I have only one sunrise that is not cruise related. My first attempt to circle the globe was inn 2003. I crossed the Atlantic on a freighter, made some rail-ferry connections to Helsinki, and took the trans-Siberian railway to Beijing. As I left my Moscow Hotel I got word that my trans-Pacific cruise on the Crystal Harmony had been cancelled due to SARS. I had to fly back to North America, leaving me with an extra month of vacation time. I used that time for a tour of Australia and New Zealand that fall. Since I hate to fly, especially overnight, I booked a sequence of day flights (Auckland/Honolulu, rest day, Honolulu/SF, and SF/Baltimore). On October 4, 2003, I watched the sun come up over Waikiki Beach: Roy
  20. I have only one sunrise that is not cruise related. My first attempt to circle the globe was inn 2003. I crossed the Atlantic on a freighter, made some rail-ferry connections to Helsinki, and took the trans-Siberian railway to Beijing. As I left my Moscow Hotel I got word that my trans-Pacific cruise on the Crystal Harmony had been cancelled due to SARS. I had to fly back to North America, leaving me with an extra month of vacation time. I used that time for a tour of Australia and New Zealand that fall. Since I hate to fly, especially overnight, I booked a sequence of day flights (Auckland/Honolulu, rest day, Honolulu/SF, and SF/Baltimore). On October 4, 2003, I watched the sun come up over Waikiki Beach: Roy
  21. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. Something does seem to have gone wrong with the map as I don't see any ships. National Fishing Fleet Day is nice; I know there were Covid outbreaks on a number of fishing ships; I hope they're under control now. My problem with golf is standing too close to the ball--especially after I hit it. I'm not a Frappe person but cheers to those who love them. Chicken Fricassee sounds good but my alternate menu recommendation is Chilled Cranberry Soup, Basil Crusted Veal Rack, and Ricota Raspberry Tart as served on the Amsterdam 3 years ago today. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers Burnout at work, especially Live4cruises Deceased CC Member wizard-of-roz and her family California and Colorado Wildfires President Trump, Melania and the entire White House staff and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers Ger_77 visiting grandchildren cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters signs of spring in New Zealand and Swiss Skydiver Roy
  22. After growing up in upstate New York I've been in the Baltimore area 55 years now and find the climate reasonably decent (perhaps a bit myopic as we never reached 100 this year so not quite as bad as the usual summer). My one big complaint is that unlike Syracuse we get a lot of freezing rain--Snow can be moved but freezing rain is just plain awful. Roy
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