Moving With The Currents

Horizons and Beyond

Today is our sixth full day at sea. We by-passed our first port of call, Bermuda, because of the island’s discomfort with the number of Covid cases on ship. Currently we are with mandatory face masks when not on an outside deck. So far we have continued to dodge the illness, but I don’t want to say that too loud and jinx our good luck.

Tomorrow when we dock in Ponta Delgada on the Island of Sao Miguel, Azores, I’ll have internet and be able to post this. I don’t know whether it is Cunard’s propensity for sticking to old world charm, or being out in the middle of the Atlantic, but internet has not been accessible. Truth, I am missing it. Living in the moment is nice but checking in occasionally to see how people in my world are doing would be nice too. This need to know is compounded with some dear friends facing medical challenges and dropping in to see how they are and giving some words of support would make me feel more at ease.

Friends / Family communication aside, what a luxury to have the day with nothing to do but self-indulge. Room service breakfast on our balcony while being lolled by the sound of the sea. A morning of exercise, deck laps, weights and yoga, burning sufficient calories to squelch any hesitation with scarfing down the sensational food. No demands on time, taking guilt free naps, reading and writing. Entertainment galore. Do lots or do nothing…

Tale of Three Cities

“Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new.” Paracelsus  Have you ever gone on a vacation anticipating loads of time to catch up on your reading, do some writing if so inclined, only to find you didn’t squeeze much of this in? Well that’s me. The intention was there to fit… Read More Tale of Three Cities

Galway Girl

My father grew up on Galway Road. In Canada. It was a farming community north of Toronto, where many Irish immigrants settled. They named their road as a reminder of home. One of six boys and two girls, the Allen boys lived up to their Irish roots. They worked hard, liked their drink, and family… Read More Galway Girl

This & That & Not So Much

Random thoughts my minds-eye has taken note of during this trip that remind me I’m not at home.

In no particular order:

~ Where are all the homeless people? We saw maybe one street person in Barcelona, a handful in London and Wales and of the six places we have visited so far in Ireland it wasn’t until we got to Galway that we have seen a total of three men sitting on the sidewalk with a blanket and money cup. The blankets are so clean and comfy looking they give the appearance it could be more of a day job.
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Churches, Castles, Donkeys and Beer

  You can’t visit Ireland without bumping into a church. These impressive buildings dominate the skyline in cities and small towns and beg to be visited.  You can’t enter a city or town that doesn’t have its very own castle. Ross Castle, 15th century in Killarney. Doonagore Castle 16th century, in Doolin. We see this… Read More Churches, Castles, Donkeys and Beer

Detours

Some of my best and often surprising experiences have resulted by taking a detour. Waterford, Ireland wasn’t top of the list to visit. Johnny joked I shouldn’t be anywhere near a crystal factory with my history of breaking things. Our travels tend to revolve around nature. Which is why we booked Killarney – Ring of… Read More Detours

9/11 and Waterford Crystal

Today, we are remembering 9/11, the heroes, the victims, the surreal dark cloud that engulfed the world. It didn’t matter where we lived, who we had sex with, what box we checked at the voting booth, we all came together for a brief moment in tragedy, changed forever by the horrific terrorist act.  Last week… Read More 9/11 and Waterford Crystal

11 thoughts on “Moving With The Currents

  1. I’m reading you and imagining your calm days. What a feast!!! Times to think, write and rest… Your body and mind will be so grateful!!!
    Enjoy Dear friends ❤️

  2. Sounds heavenly!! Being “unplugged” sounds pretty good, too. But like you, I check in often with many friends and family, so would also feel a little apprehensive about being out of touch! Enjoy the bliss! Hugs!

  3. We were getting concerned when we didn’t hear from the two of you. You are brave in my opinion to take on such a long trip and just winging it. No hotel reservations in advance, I would be a basket case.
    Looking forward to your next post.
    Take care.

  4. Sorry about covid on your ship. Hope you enjoyed your excursion in the Azores. Was in Niagara Falls yesterday with our friends. The guys went gambling and Marie and I went to the casino. I was down to my last few allotted dollars and I hit the jackpot. I won $10321.29. Wow still in shock. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your trip.

    Nancy 905-579-7909 905-809-0473(cell) Sent from my iPad

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  5. Sorry for the Covid issues, sorry for the no internet, sorry that I’ll be missing comms from you as frequently as before! But loving that you’ve made time for self indulgence! xox

  6. I love those sea days and guilt free naps. Do you have an aft facing balcony? Love the wake.
    I’m just living vicariously through you. Regina. 🙂

  7. You trip sounds pretty great so far. Hope you stay well. Love the pic from the stern. Got our windows and plumbing done! Hooray. Quite an ordeal but we managed to stay here through it all. Working on my second draft…SO many mistakes. Oh well. Miss you here to push me forward!
    🦋🌈🎨😘

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