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Oct 5, 2010 - Curacau

10/5/10 Tues Today we ported in Curacau. It’s a Dutch Island and part of the Netherlands. It is said that the first Governor got migraine headaches from looking at a lot of white, so he demanded that all the houses and stores be painted a color, so the whole city is colorful. Not colorful like the Caribbean, but like Holland. It’s a very pretty and unique place. It has a big bridge going over the Harbor that we are docked in that swings open when a boat wants through. There is a very high bridge for cars to drive over, but the swinging...

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Oct 4, 2010 - An Officer and a gentleman

10/4/10 Monday Today is another Sea Day. Those are my favorite. I had my hair color done at the Ships Salon, so I look temporarily beautiful. This afternoon, Bob and I went to a movie “Around the World With Celine Dion.” I enjoyed it more than Bob of course. When us 3 couples showed up for dinner (a formal night), we were told by our waiter, that we were chosen again to have dinner with an Officer. This is the second time that us three couples have had that honor together. I don’t know why they keep choosing us. I think it’s because we are...

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Oct 2, 2010 - Continuing the Tour

We rise early and go to another hotel for breakfast along the Rio Dulce. The River is huge and brown. Fishermen in handmade canoes are scattered about trying to get a catch. Some solo some with their families or friends. Their are mangroves all along the river. People here live in house on stilts to keep them off the water. Many look like they have no land. I am sure they must think of the vast river as their playground. We go to a place called the thermal waters. The smell is pungent, like hard boiled eggs, sulfur. Our guide Carlos goes...

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Oct 2, 2010 - Our Song

10/2/10 Saturday This morning after our usual sleep-in, Bob participated in another Golf Challenge. He did very well. He didn’t win this one, but had fun trying. I went to a Hair Show today and made an appointment to have my color done on Monday. I’m writing things like this, mainly so I’ll remember them, not because I think any of you reading the journal are hanging on every word of our daily events. We’re at Sea today and we’re supposed to arrive in the first lock of the Panama Canal at 5 a.m. tomorrow. We’re looking forward to that....

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Oct 2, 2010 - Last Days

My last few days in Antigua. Guatemala. Antigua has two faces one when it is raining and one when it is not. People come out from everywhere, the streets get swept and everyone is busy but not in a hurry. I love Antigua on these days and can understand why people retire here, relaxed, colorful, culture, great cafes,super cheap and 7 months of dry weather.. When it is raining, the streets fill with water. When walking with an umbrella, you need to navigate the windows that jut from the buildings, tilt the umbrella away from the wall...

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Oct 1, 2010 - Costa Rica

10/1/10, Friday, Costa Rica We’re sitting on the deck in Costa Rica. It’s 5 p.m. and people are just returning from the Rain Forest and Zip Line Trips. The ship was supposed to leave Port at 4:30, but was held up due to late arrivals of Tour buses. Bob and I are so relaxed, it’s pitiful. We got off the ship in the Port of Caldera, looked around a little, came back on the ship and ate lunch. Bob took a nap and I went to a movie. Being on a cruise is like living in a small city, with everything to do at your fingertips and anything to eat at...

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Sep 30, 2010 - Rock A Bye Baby

9/30/10 Thurs., Rock-a-bye Baby Another Sea Day. Oh my, what trouble can I find today. It is so cool that on a ship this size, it’s big enough to meet new people and small enough to run across the ones you’ve already met. The food has been a bigger issue than I thought. I will say that! We had dinner with a couple of KiWi’s from down under. The man was telling us his ‘tale of woe’, in trying to get a Visa to take this cruise. It seems he had gotten busted in his youth for smoking pot and due to that old record, he almost didn’t get to come...

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Sep 30, 2010 - Rio Dulce

After leaving Tikal we made our way to Rio Dulce. An hour on the way and we came to a block in the road. Carlos got out to have a look. Lots of people were gathering . The road was completely flooded ( from the tropical storm)as a result the traffic was backing up on both sides.Tiffany and I got out of the van to watch, as a Izuzu truck and another slightly larger truck tried to make their way across the water. The larger truck made it, barely, and the smaller truck lost traction and started to sink. To left of where we were watching an...

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Sep 29, 2010 - Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala, Weds. 9/29/10 Today we woke up to wind and rain. We gingerly docked into a port in Antigua. In spite of the weather, we got off the ship for a while. It was worth it. We had 30 minutes of internet service and a 1 minute phone call on a Magic Jack Phone. We left a message on Lisa’s phone and checked out e-mails. The Guatemalan people we met were very sweet. We bought some Guatemalan Coffee and a couple of other things. We watched some of the local women give a fashion show in a grass hut building in the rain wearing their...

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Sep 29, 2010 - September 29th

I am behind on the Tikal pictures and stories but I wanted to write about today so here I am. For some reason I wake early. I had a nice hot shower! Yeah! Even though the force of the water is not great at least now it is hot. We caught the Guatecoaster to the orphanage. Met at the gate by the security man. He carries a shotgun that looks like something Granny off of Beverly Hill Billies would carry, or maybe Elmor Fud. He smiles his toothless smile and lets us in. I imagine or try to imagine the scenarios that he might need to use that...

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Sep 16, 2010 - Antigua (4) - Guatemala

September 14, 2010 Today I road 285km’s from Coban to Antigua – it took 9 hours. Cara and I drove from Coban to Antigua a few weeks back and it took 4 hours AND we had to drive through Guatemala City. This time I chose a different route where as I wouldn’t have to go through the city. Truth be told, the route I chose today was the route she and I were to do the first time (Antigua via Salama, Rabinal, El Chol and San Juan Sacatepequez) but I missed a turn and ended up going the way we did. From Rabinal to San Juan the road was all dirt....

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Aug 31, 2010 - Antigua (3) - Guatemala

August 27, 2010 We arrived in Antigua around 1:00pm. We had to drive through Guat and I got lost only once and it was briefly. Still feeling shitty; the smog just about did me in We got unpacked, sent our laundry in, walked around doing some shopping in the market and then I rearranged my gear as to what was staying with me and what I was sending home with Cara. August 29, 2010 Cara left today. It’s a shitty feeling being all alone again. I’ll get over it. It may take a week or so to adjust. I had an appointment to get the rest the color...

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