Early morning breakfast in cabin 11.317 before Carmella’s work training starts. Then it’s up to the Windjammer restaurant for crispier bacon and really great miso soup! Then it’s down to the On-Air Club on the Royal Promenade for the travel agent training. During a break we take a picture with […]

A work trip


Carmella and I board the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, in Port Everglades, Florida.

Largest cruise ship in the world


First thing this morning we got an email saying or Amtrak train had a change in schedule, and we needed to call the main office. Carmella, with statue entitled “Woman in a Wetsuit”. Seriously. Several hang-ups and three-quarters of an hour later we’re told that an avalanche has blocked the […]

Vancouver, out of the rain, playing the travel game



This is the view that greets me this morning. The view from the other side of our train car isn’t too shabby either. The clouds hide the peaks, and it’s long stretches in-between glimpses of anything other than very raw nature. We cross over another train, this one ferrying freight, […]

The Rockies, the morning after, into Vancouver


Our family business in Edmonton having been accomplished, after a months’ work, we’re ready to move on, southward. The weather has been incredible, from an unseasonably warm 15 C when we arrived to a chilly -25 C today (with wind chill that’s in the neighborhood of -40 C). I took […]

On The Canadian, Edmonton to Vancouver


Unlike the HUB Mall’s usual late-night color single-color state: Tonight it’s displaying an unusual rainbow pattern. It’s beautiful to see, and the photo doesn’t capture it. I wonder whether it’s a late-in-the-event bit of solidarity with the repressed gay and lesbian communities of Russia, as tomorrow marks the end of the XXII […]

The HUB Mall displays an unusual rainbow pattern tonight



You know you’re with a Canadian when (1) there’s maple syrup in the sugar bowl, (2) she accessories with earmuffs, and (3) she wakes you up at 05:00 on a Sunday to watch her country beat IKEA at her country’s national sport). I’m not complaining. 🙂 Tim Horton’s — Canada’s […]

Winners all around today


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