Posted by Paul Groves on January 7, 2017

Tayrona Park Tour

Day 4 of 111. Santa Marta, Columbia
During the tour, Ron took lots of photos. The views of the beaches were really nice. The walking was not overly strenuous but I did enjoy the opportunities to sit quietly and cool down. It was fairly humid. We did catch glimpses of some pretty butterflies and a clear-winged moth landed on one of the other tour members but did not see a lot of wildlife (I should probably be thankful). We had a nice lunch of meat, beans, rice and fried plantains.

Posted by Paul Groves on January 7, 2017

First Port–Santa Marta, Columbia

Day 4 of 111. Santa Marta, Columbia
Tayrona National Park is a nearly pristine park where we walked, looked for wildlife and had a nice lunch. The bus trip to and from the park was a great opportunity to see the different styles of vegetation as the altitude changed as well as the varied types of housing from very poor to very nice. I must admit that one of the great features of this trip is the fact that the bus has WiFi! The fellow in white was our tour guide. We docked far from the town of Santa Marta in a dock usually reserved for coal ships. There were buses to take passengers to the town and our tour bus came and picked us up at the dock. When we left the dock, we passed many very shabby dwellings.

Ron and I were especially struck by a sign in the park that seemed kind of philosophical. It basically stated that If you go off the established path, you are making a decision; you are on a learning path. How true!

Posted by Paul Groves on January 5, 2017

The First Sea Day

Day 2 of 111. Sea Day
Today is the first “sea day” and I am learning that they are at least as important as the ports we visit. They change the rug in the elevators each day so we know what day it is. This is very helpful. I had a Windows 10 class, a watercolor class and an arts and crafts class. I had time to read some J K Rowling short stories and it is only 2:30 p.m. Ron attended a cooking demonstration, signed up for some hands-on cooking classes and joined me for the arts and crafts class introduction.

Posted by Paul Groves on January 4, 2017

On Board

Day 1 of 111. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
We have embarked and are situated comfortably in our stateroom. It is nice, with two beds, a couch, lots of closets and even a bathtub. We have explored the ship, signed up for some cooking classes, found the movie theater (Florence Foster Jenkins shows tonight) and had a little to nibble on. It was nice looking out the aft of the ship with the Netherlands flag flying in the breeze. From our window we can also see one of our pieces of luggage sitting on the dock (the bright blue bag). We don’t actually sail until 10:00 p.m. tonight so I am not at all worried that the last two suitcases will show up in the room. We just finished our muster drill, so all is well. If we end up on the news, look for lifeboat #8!

Posted by Paul Groves on January 4, 2017

Morning on the Beach

I got up early to use the WiFi in the lobby and see the sunrise over the beach. I am still collecting Pokémon and the beach offers some great variety compared to home. There are lots of Squirtles and Bulbasaurs and I even caught a Dratini. When Ron joined me, we walked around the hotel. It looks rather different during the day! I love using the portrait feature on the iPhone 7s.