Chilean Fjords

 “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” –Abraham Lincoln The explorers named the glaciers after their home countries.

Cape Horn

What did the Pacific ocean say to the Atlantic ocean?? Nothing.. they simply waved! With extra time due to cancellations, the Captain was so nice to spend lots of time around the Cape.  We sailed from Ushuaia, Argentina in the Beagle Channel out to the Cape and all around the archipelago before sailing back up […]

Proclamation and Penguins

“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday.  Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.”           Linus President Abraham Lincoln:  Proclamation of Thanksgiving I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those […]

On Board Fun

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi All those crossing the equator for the first time on a ship need to change from Pollywogs to Shellbacks by kissing the fish, swimming across the pool and taking a drink of Aquavit, a Scandinavian liqueur. […]

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nautical Term ~ of the day ~ Pooped The poop is the stern section of a ship. To be “pooped” is to be swamped by a high, following sea. That’s how I feel sometimes, being swamped by compiling/editing the photos and stories of all the cities we are enjoying in addition to the activities on […]

Manaus, Brazil – the City

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Manaus is the most populous city in the Amazon basin and 1000 miles up the Amazon River from the Atlantic. Amazing Amazon, we didn’t think we’d actually see such a difference of color at the […]

Salvador de Bahia

Nautical Term ~ of the day ~ Touch and Go This referred to the moment when a ship’s keel touched the bottom and deflected off again. Again, these pictures were all taken in 2006. John went ashore without me this year and it was too difficult a walk for him, so only one or two […]

Manaus, Brazil – Jungle

“Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown” First let’s enjoy the jungle a bit. We didn’t go on tours this time except the city bus tour, but a jungle experience was offered. However, we so enjoyed the jungle tour we took 13 yrs ago when we were younger and able to […]

Parintins, Boi Bumba

“Don’t listen to what they say, go see”  ~  Chinese Proverb Paretins, Brazil is perhaps best known for its folk theatrical tradition known as Boi Bumba or “Bull Festival”. It’s performed by High School children, not professionals. The kids make their own costumes and do so in a contest, as are the festive floats built […]

Santarem, Brazil

“Not all who wander are lost!” Founded in 1661, Santarem lies at the confluence of the Tapajos and Amazon Rivers. Both run along many miles in the front of the city, side by side, without mixing, called “the meeting of the waters”.    The Amazon River has 1100 tributaries, 12 of which are over 930 […]