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Jan 2, 2017 - Trip to Sydney

The International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry has their bi-annual meeting in Sydney this week, so I'm going. I've never been to Australia. I found a frequent flyer mile ticket, booked the trip, and signed up to attend the conference. I'll arrive about the time the conference begins. When it is over on Friday, I'll transfer to an AirBnB room and spend a few days seeing the city. I leave on Monday night, Jan. 2, at about 10 p.m. and arrive in Sydney around noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Looking forward to exploring. Will try to...

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Dec 10, 2016 - Nicaragua volcano

We had a lovely full day tour in San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua We toured a village and an active volcano plus the countryside Very informative trip. The full day excursion went to Grandad, the volcano national park, and to a village market. It was 100 minutes each way. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the hemisphere. They have had three dictators who have made the standard of living very poor. Poor health care, poor education, poor infrastructure. Very sad to see how different it is from the neighboring countries.

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Dec 9, 2016 - Nice Day at Sea - Day of the Dead Celebration onboard

A nice day at sea on our way to Nicaragua. Each day we have a chance to go to two lectures that are very informative. One is given by a National Geographic Archeaologist for an hour on key spots in Central and South America. The other is by a very witty trip guide who has very good info on the area and general tidbits. Today we learned that 50% of the passengers were US citizens. The other half are from a combination of mostly Asian countries, Australia, and Canada, plus a few other sprinkled in. Very international group. We are getting our...

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Dec 8, 2016 - Sailing to Nicaragua

We are at sea headed to Nicaragua day after tomorrow. Spent yesterday in Manzanilla Mexico. Very much summer here in mid eighty range no 80% humidity. The captain says we are headed in to a storm tonite with 40knot winds. He said to put all glass objects on the floor so they don't fall𯘀Reminds me of hurricane Matthew, Over 1,000guests on the ship are from Asia and large tour groups together. Haven't run in to free wifi yet so I'm making this brief. More pictures to come when we get to free wifi.

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Dec 4, 2016 - Leaving from San Pedro Harbor

All set to go. We leave from the Port of Los Angeles located in San Pedro. We stayed at the Crown Plaza last night which is three blocks from the ship. The hotel offers a shuttle for 5 bucks each to take you over there or you could taxi it. If you cruise out of here and only had one bag, you could easily walk from this hotel to the ship. There is almost nothing to do but walk in so-so neighborhoods in this area of San Pedro - old and aging and not someplace to be alone at night. I'd recommend you stay at someplace near the airport that has...

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Nov 25, 2016 - Our Trip at a Glance

Our trip is broken up in four sections - Los Angeles to Santiago, Chile then Santiago to Buenos Aires then New Year's Eve until January 7th in Buenos Aires and Uruguay, then Buenos Aires back to Santiago. We originally only planned to go LA to Rio then fly home. But getting a visa for Brazil was a nightmare and so we canceled that section and opted to explore for week while waiting for the ship to return from Rio to Buenos Aires. Once we found out how expensive airfare home was going to be, we decided to avoid the black out dates by just...

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Oct 18, 2016 - Los Angeles CA - Sr. Clara

While in LA we stopped to see Sr. Clara Johnson who is 94 years young. She lost her sister, Stellita, a couple of months ago, she was 92. Both Clara and Stellita have been dear friends since 1985 when we met them while living in San Bernardino CA. We took the Metro to Metro Center, we used Uber for the first time and will use it again. We got the Uber Application for the iPhone and scheduled a pickup to take us from Metro Center to Sr. Clara’s apartment and then back to Union Station. The Uber car was there within one minute of the pickup...

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Second Half of 2016

Oct 18, 2016 - Glad to be leaving on a jet plane, doubt that I’ll be back again

It was quite a drive from San Fran to LA. As per the previous post, we broke up the long drive with a night in a place in the middle of nowhere called Coalinga. On the way into LA the next day, we decided to visit the Getty Center. It seems that Ms Garmin had her wires crossed on the address. As did her cousins. It appears that anyone following their GPS was going to be led astray. We went round and around into smaller and smaller streets until we got to one that had a sign on it saying “your GPS is WRONG!” and giving another address to...

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In the USA 2016

Oct 17, 2016 - Los Angeles CA - Our trip to Santa Monica

We took a trip on the trail and LA metro in order to get from Oceanside to Santa Monica. Our trip was filled with more than a little stress. When we left Oceanside we took the Metrolink to LA Union Station. We had to transfer at Laguna Hills, the first train was 35 mins late, we were going to miss our connection at 9:11 and would have to wait until 4:04 to get the next train (Metrolink is primarily a commuter train for people woking in LA and San Diego). We were trying to figure out what we were going to do, when the conductor announced...

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Second Half of 2016

Sep 23, 2016 - Museums, Tar Pits and the Metro

On Thursday we had a day exploring museums and tar pits. Yes, tar pits. I had no idea that LA had the ‘La Brea Tar Pits’ which hold the remains of thousands of extinct animals including mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and others. They got stuck in there millions of years ago and are now being dug up. The complex is on Wilshire Boulevard so it was strange to find an archaeological dig in the middle of such a hustling bustling city. We also visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – full of weird and wonderful pieces. We’ve been...

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In the USA 2016

Sep 21, 2016 - Disneyland

Today is day 2 for us. Yesterday, after arriving at our hotel, having breakfast and a little rest, we headed to the Museum of Contemporary Art only to find it closed. So we went a-wandering around some sights such as the City Hall and China Town. We had a late lunch/early dinner on Olvera Street, an area that is full of Mexican shops and eateries. The food was awesome! We are staying Down Town - probably not that touristy - but I really like it. It is very Latino. One thing that jumps out at us here is the number of homeless people...

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In the USA 2016

Aug 28, 2016 - A Visit

We met Miranda Carroll and her husband, Phil Swinburn, for lunch on Wilshire Boulevard. After lunch Miranda took us to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she is in charge of PR - and therefore knows everything. She explained the collections and the buildings and escorted us to the 'Rain Room' Water sprinkled from the ceiling at the rate of a nasty shower. However, if you walked across the room the rain stopped and you didn't get wet - well only a few drops. Fascinating for the human behaviour as well as the wetness or otherwise. The...

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