Decorations –

Ships are equal opportunity celebrators – we have the Christmas village –


a couple bits of toy train –

various garlands, a huge tree, a sign

hanging above the Centrum

hanging above the Centrum

an electric menorah gracing the Shore Excursion Desk


and the departure of our additional security forces complete with toys –


otherwise – I am almost caught up which is good since we dock in Dubai tomorrow.

distances traveled

distances traveled

I had wondered about the absence of various shopping excursions but that was easily explained today. It seems that all the major malls and shopping areas run their own free shuttle bus service from the cruise terminal. It is simply a matter of choosing where to go which then defines travel on the hour or half-hour.

Meanwhile, as of 1630 I have managed to upload the photos on all but two posts (S’fat & the Golan Heights and this time through the Suez. The Allied Cemetery from Oct is here. I am making progress. In and around those posts I have managed to update almost a dozen projects on Ravelry and fix the pointer from the old blog address to the new one (and the archive).

On my list of things yet to do is cash out my remaining non-refundable OBC and drop it off in the Tip Box with a big note on it “For Crew Morale Fund” and attend the Captain’s Table tonight. Dress up. Ugh

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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