Category Archives: International Travel

Final Sea Day on Serenity

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 It’s the last full day of our Crystal Serenity cruise. We’ve thawed out our Minnesota bones over the past two weeks, our blood now runs a bit thinner, and we dread the thought of returning to … Continue reading

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Laziness Wins the Day

Monday, January 20, 2020 I try to get to the gym each morning, so I can work off the many calories consumed each day. This morning, though, I gave in to laziness after about five minutes. I don’t want to … Continue reading

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Todos Santos, Baja California

Saturday, January 18, 2020 We sailed most of today, anchoring at Cabo San Lucas (Saint Luke Cape) around 4:00 this afternoon. In the morning, we listened to Roberto D’Alimonte speak on political challenges around the world. The primary challenges he … Continue reading

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Food Coma!

Friday, January 17, 2020 Sometimes it pays to get up early. I woke up around 4:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep, so went to the gym. Afterwards, I stopped at the Bistro for a cup of coffee. While there, … Continue reading

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The Zapotec Dream, Huatulco, Oaxaca

Thursday, January 16, 2020 We docked early this morning at Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico. Again, the skies were clear, promising a beautiful day in this little bit of paradise. As we left the ship this morning, the crew was in the … Continue reading

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Serene Sea Day on Serenity

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 It’s another sea day, and we listened to lectures by Ian MacLachlan about our next stop, Huatulco, Oaxaca, and by Roberto D’Alimonte about the upcoming US Presidential election. I will refrain from discussing D’Alimonte’s presentation, although … Continue reading

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No, No, Nicaragua!

Monday, January 13, 2020 It’s a sea day, with a morning lectures by Ian MacLachlan about Nicaraguan history. San Juan del Sur was once considered in the 1800s for the western end of a Nicaraguan canal, before the current site was … Continue reading

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Panama City

After dinner last night, we enjoyed a lively folkloric dance show, Eight dancers and four musicians performed several numbers representative of the Panamanian culture. Sunday, January 12, 2020 We booked a private tour with VIP Journeys Latin America, since we were … Continue reading

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Cartagena, Colombia

Friday, January 10, 2020 Before today, most of what I knew about Cartagena was from the 1984 movie Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. It was a romantic comedy featuring a quiet romance novelist thrust into the … Continue reading

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Panama Canal

Monday, January 6, 2020 Tomorrow, my husband and I will board the Crystal Serenity to cruise the Panama Canal. To prepare for this trip, we watched the PBS American Experience episode: “Panama Canal, Gateway to the American Century.” This 1.5 … Continue reading

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