August 24 – Olifants, Kruger National Park

I signed up and went for a river walk this morning.  This was only a 2 hour walk and I found out this morning that the 2 hours included the travel to get to the walk.  A 1/2 hour there and a 1/2 hour back meant the walk was only 1 hour. It was a… Continue reading August 24 – Olifants, Kruger National Park

European Vacation – Home Again

As expected, it was another cold and uncomfortable night on the train.  Added to the cold and uncomfortable seats, was the night porter who had to come and yell at the guys behind me a couple of times – once for turning their chairs around and putting their feet up and once for taking their… Continue reading European Vacation – Home Again

European Vacation – Ontario

After a very cold and uncomfortable night we were into Ontario, Canada.  I didn’t get any sleep at all.  We had day coach tickets where we can put our seats back and sleep right there, but I hadn’t thought of needing a blanket in August.  The seats were not comfortable for sleeping either – but… Continue reading European Vacation – Ontario

European Vacation – Montreal

Apparently we docked at 1:00 am, so right after breakfast we got in the lineup for passport control. During breakfast, my other waiter greeted me in Polish and began brushing up against my shoulders while I was seated again.  He didn’t say anything about me not meeting him last night.  When I got up after… Continue reading European Vacation – Montreal

European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 10

It was a beautiful day today. We saw the first people other than our on board family for the first time since we left Rotterdam.  (I don’t explain who these people were – or whether they came onto the ship or we were close enough to just see them on land.) I finally got to… Continue reading European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 10

European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 9

It was completely calm today – but still cool and cloudy.  The ship slowed down to a crawl so we wouldn’t get to Montreal too soon, since we were ahead of schedule. We listened to our last morning concert after breakfast and then I ran into my Florida buddy Gengiz, who gave me his address… Continue reading European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 9

European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 8

It was calm and sunny this morning, but still cold.  We’re in sight of  Canada now – Newfoundland was in view all day. We were just finishing breakfast when they announced that we were approaching icebergs, so we all rushed out to take pictures.  🙂  (I guess the picture I posted a few days ago,… Continue reading European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 8

European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 7

We woke up to a storm this morning and it was beautiful to watch.  Of course, that meant the ship was rocking even more, but it was still beautiful. I got some sea sickness pills from some guy yesterday (I have no idea who this guy is) and gave them to Karen, so she was… Continue reading European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 7

European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 6

It was calm and clear this morning, but still quite cool.  Karen got up and came up, but didn’t even stay long enough for breakfast before she was back in the cabin again. For a short time before lunch it warmed up enough that I could take my sweater off while in a sheltered spot… Continue reading European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 6

European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 5

It was pretty calm this morning, but still cloudy and cold.  Karen finally got up for breakfast and for the first time in a few days, we had a full table for breakfast. It didn’t stay that way for long and we were missing Karen and the Dutch guy for both lunch and supper. It… Continue reading European Vacation – Stefan Batory – Day 5