maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
Hi! I am back!  It was awesome!

Things I learned:
1) Northern Europe looks very much like northern Ontario. (It's a latitude thing)
2) Northern Europe is insanely expensive. Like, insanely.
3) It's really strange when the sun is still up at 11:00 p.m. (those of you in Alaska/northern Canada already know this, but still...)
4) Everyone hates the Nazis.  Except the Germans, who hate the Russians.  And the Swedes, who don't want to talk about it, thanks.
5) St. Petersburg is...overwhelming is probably the best word.
6) Mediaeval architecture, Soviet era architecture, and modern architecture do not blend as seamlessly as you'd imagine.
7) Cyrillic made my brain hurt.  I wanted to read it all.  (Never mind that figuring out what sounds the letters made hardly helped at all when the actual words meant nothing.)
8) I still don't much like fish, no matter how freshly caught.
9) Denmark (the Copenhagen bit of it, atleast) appears to be obsessed with McDonalds.  Five of them in one mall?  Why?
10) Tallinn was a revelation.  A lovely mediaeval town worth a visit. (I'd ask our tour guide about a building and he'd say - "Oh, that's of no historical significance - it's only from the seventeenth century.")
11) Copenhagen - rush hour - we counted 500 bicycles in 20 minutes.  An alarming number of these cyclists were texting while they pedalled in crowds 50 thick.  Almost no one wore a helmet.  Sigh. Humans.
12) I'm glad I took a hoody.  And a raincoat.

So what have you all been up to??
maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
It really is. Checking in to say she's going away on vacation.  Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

Why are we laughing?

Be good while I am gone.  Brush your teeth and eat all your vegetables.  Be sure to floss.  No candy from strangers.

See you round about the 23rd.
maybe_amanda101: (busting_moves)

I'm back and better than ever!

It was great!  Even the part where I got tripped during the life boat drill (yes, before we'd even left port) and ended up with a super-sprained ankle!!  Go me!  I was basically in bed with my foot propped up on bags of ice for three days, but that gaveme plenty of time to read (The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell is brilliant; the History of the Snowman by Bob Eckstein is silly but lots of fun and worth it for the cover illustration alone; The Warmest Room in the House by Steven Gdula is an interesting and informative look at the twentieth century kitchen, decade by decade. I also was forced - forced I say! - to watch The Imitation Game again. Such hardship) and it was way, way better than being home cleaning and doing laundry and making meals and being overwhelmed by existential angst.

The weather was perfect - 68-72F and not humid, light breeze, no rain.  I saw dolphins mucking about beside the ship, Stromboli volcanoeing at dusk, walked through the ruins at Herculaneum which was mind-blowing, had lunch in Rhodes which is a proper ,edieval walled city, drank delicious wine in Santorini, and got to see six very detailed X-rays of my left foot and ankle - it's aways interesting to see you insides, especially from a distance

We also managed to leave Rome (after two hours of delays which the desk staff were entirely too Euro-bored to make any mention of or give any explantion for) six hours before the big huge airport fire that closed it for two days.  Totally coincidental. Totally.    

On the downside, I caught a cold on the plane on the way home which is par for the course - planes are basically metal tubes filled with germs - but we got upgraded to business class for free without even asking.  OMG!!  The crew is NICE to you! You get to use metal cutlery! They give you a little pouch with a toothbrush, sleep mask, earplugs, full-sized headphones and ugly grey socks! There are tic-tacs on your dinner tray! You can get both ass-cheeks in your seat instead of just the one! No wonder they put up those curtains - I am surprised there aren't more in-air mutinies.

I watched Mr Turner on the way over - beautifully shot and acted, and there's a very good reason everyone expected Timothy Spall  to be nominated for best actor (alas,he just wasn't as pretty as Bradley Cooper, I guess) - if you like this sort of thing, this is absolutely the sort of thing you'll like

So what have you all been up to??

maybe_amanda101: (busting_moves)
... both literal and metaphorical.  I'm off on vacation. Two week-ish Med. cruise (because we are old people and do stuff like this.  Can Viking River cruises and adult diapers be far behind?  I doubt it.)

Behave yourselves! See you in May!

ADDENUM: IT'S SNOWING!  FFS, enough already!
maybe_amanda101: (canada!)
I take back all** most*** a great many of the bad things I've said about you over the years.  So long as you keep Lake Louise and Banff stunningly beautiful, keep the Badlands totally bad-ass, and have lovely, sunny days with negative heat index readings  (Honest to god, it's a thing!!!) in July, I think we should be friends.  Really, really  good friends.

Also, elk is delicious.

Your Recent Visitor and Admirer,

** I'm still resentful about you getting all the good dinosaurs.  And the best IGA ever.
*** And not a few of your politicians are barking mad.  But then, who doesn't have that particular problem?
maybe_amanda101: (things_that)
Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooocy, I'm home!

Vacation was awesome. Cruises are awesome,  Real life?  A bit snowy for my liking, but there you go....

So what have you all been up to??
maybe_amanda101: (busting_moves)
...but I am settling for a cruise instead.  (Yes, the two could overlap - it's a risk I'm willing to take).

Behave while I'm gone.  Play nice. No fighting.

See you all in March!
maybe_amanda101: (things_that)
...only my inner ear/brain still think I'm at sea, despite two intervening airplane rides (remember when going on a plane was a fun experience?) and a harrowing drive home through an attempted blizzard. (Oh human physiology, you are a laugh riot!)


- Holland-America cruises - awesome. They try to feed you to death, but it's still awesome.
- meclozine is my friend.
- soaking up the sun while watching civic workers take down Christmas decorations - disconcerting for a Northern hemisphere native, but also awesome.
- several years ago (and I think at least twice) the government of The Turks and Caicos proposed an economic union with Canada. Canada turned them down. Dear Canada, mostly I love you, but that was a dumb idea. Reconsider.
- St. Thomas, USVI - someplace I'd barely ever heard of, but would consider running away to (vacations apparently make me end sentences and clauses with prepositions - oh well!)
- while snorkeling, I swam with a school of squid! SQUID! (It was so much cooler than it sounds. Really.)
- The Bacardi factory in Puetro Rico was CLOSED! This was both the greatest tragedy and keenest disappointment of the trip, cuz, yes, rum is yummy.

So now I am back - what have you all been up to?


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