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  1. February 22, 2019 Santos, Brazil There were only three excursions and two were strenuous. Two went to the Coffee Museum (I don’t drink coffee) and two had to do with football (soccer) so I decided to take the shuttle to the Praiamar Mall instead. Pat called me around 10:00 and asked if I wanted to go together so I had someone to walk around with. We met at 10:30 and took the shuttle about 100 yards to the terminal and then got on another bus to the mall. It was a very hot, humid day and there did not seem to be anything interesting close to the mall so we walked through the mall. We visited a number of baby clothes shops but, since Pat’s soon to be born grandbaby’s gender is not known, no purchases were made. There was a giant supermarket in the mall so I bought a six-pack of Coke and pencils for the children along the Amazon. We returned to the ship just before 2 and I went to the Lido for lunch. Pat came up about an hour later and we knitted for some time (the light in the Lido is great for knitting). During that time we had a huge rain storm with thunder and lightning. At one point you could not even see two feet from the ship. Pat, Patty, Sherita, and I played trivia at 4 pm and tied with one other team with 14 out of 18. 1) Who was the Roman God of agriculture? 2) How many steps in the Eiffel Tower? 3) What country exports the most green olives to the US? 4) In which country did Legos start? 5) Which came first – Art Deco or Art Nouveau? There were four of us for evening trivia (Pat, Patty, Chris, and I) and we had 19 out of 20. Five teams tied with perfect scores. 1) What company buys more sugar and vanilla than any other in the world? 2) What brand of computer made its debut in 1976? 3) What is the name for a male goose? 4) What does SCUBA stand for? 5) What Pacific country boasts a population of about 60 million sheep and 3 million people? Our dinner table is down to six as two ladies have switched to other tables. I had fruit, a chicken croquette, fettucini, and frozen yogurt. There was no show tonight but instead a movie about Pele. Afternoon trivia 1) Saturn 2) 1792 3) Spain 4) Denmark 5) Art Nouveau Evening trivia 1) Coca-cola (the one we missed) 2) Apple 3) Gander 4) Self contained underwater breathing apparatus 5) New Zealand Smooth sailing until next time!
  2. February 21, 2019 At Sea A group of about ten stitchers at this morning's get-together. I stayed until about 11:30 when Sherita and I went to the Lido for lunch. We won afternoon trivia with 19 out of 21. 1) If you suffer from anosmia, what sense do you lack? 2) What is doggerel - a tree, a poem, a weapon, a musical instrument, or a star? 3) In 1999 Macau was transferred to China from what country? 4) What left-handed tennis player won the Grand Slam of Tennis in 1962 and again in 1969? 5) How many miles would you bike in a full iron man triathalon? Pat and I went for ice cream before arts and crafts. The project was an accordion-style scrapbook. At 4:30 we had another block party. Red and white wine as well as sparkling wine was passed out as we got to know our neighbors. I wish the other ships did something like this. I ate with Sherita, Roy, and Jim at 5:30. I had French onion soup, prime rib (which was very good), and a strawberry sundae for dessert. We only had 16.5 out of 21 in evening trivia. The winning team had 17.5. 1) Which has a larger land mass – Antarctica or South America? 2) What is the correct way to address the Pope? 3) What diet drink was hyped by Coca-cola about having only one calorie in 1963? 4) What was the name of Captain James Cook’s ship when he was exploring Australia? 5) Name the capital of Iceland and for an extra point spell it correctly. Sherita and I went to see the show which was a singer, Yaniv Zarif. Four port days in a row coming up. Afternoon trivia 1) Smell 2) A poem 3) Portugal 4) Ron Laver 5) 112 Evening trivia 1) South America 2) Your Holiness 3) Tab 4) Endeavour 5) Reykjavik Smooth sailing until next time!
  3. February 20, 2019 At Sea The morning started with a Cruise Critic Meet and Greet. There were at least 25 members present. Spent about an hour with Knitters and Stitchers afterwards before heading to the Lido for lunch. For afternoon trivia we only had four players and had 13 out of 21 correct with three teams tied at 17. 1) What is the third letter of the Greek alphabet? 2) What was the profession of Wyatt Earp’s sidekick? 3) What are the colors of the flag of Egypt? 4) How long in feet is a Venice gondolier’s oar? 5) Where is the largest pyramid in the world? After trivia I changed so I could swim after arts and crafts. We decorated a tote bag. There was a $25 South American wine tasting this afternoon by the Lido Pool. No sweet wines so I did not participate. I sat by the pool for a little over an hour and swam for about 15 minutes. Sherita and I went to the Pinnacle Grill for dinner and it was delicious. Evening trivia was in the showroom because there was a cocktail party for those who boarded in Buenos Aires in the Crow’s Nest. We had five players and got 17 out of 18. A number of teams tied with 18. 1) In which country did voodoo originate? 2) In The Great Gatsby, what color is the light at the end of Daisy’s dock? 3) What is the only continent without a desert? 4) In which country is the easternmost point of the continent of South America? 5) What is the only astrological sign that is not represented by a living thing? Pat had a really good time at the wine tasting so Sherita and I went to sit with her while she had her dinner in the dining room. A saxophonist was the entertainment but I did not go. Afternoon trivia 1) Gamma 2) Dentist 3) Red, black, and white 4) 14 feet 5) Mexico Evening trivia 1) Haiti 2) Green 3) Europe 4) Brazil 5) Libra Smooth sailing until next time!
  4. It pretty much is what catches my eye. Sherita and Pat talked me into stepping out of my comfort zone and buy the earth tone color yarn since I am drawn to the blue/green/purple shades.
  5. February 19, 2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina I know where yarn heaven is and it is on Avenida Raul Scalabrini Ortiz in Buenos Aires! One of the women in our Stitchers group kept mentioning the wonderful yarn stores in Buenos Aires. I did some research on the internet and found that this street is the “yarn district” of Buenos Aires. There are yarn stores one after another for a few blocks. Pat, Sherita, and I had made plans to meet at 8 am (!!) to go shopping. The stores open at 8:30. They changed some money in the terminal (the terminal ATM would not work either) and then we got a taxi for the ride to Av. Raul Scalabrini Ortiz. It took about 20 minutes ($15 but we were likely overcharged) and we got out at one of the stores. We walked two block and saw at least a dozen yarn shops – we didn’t even go another block where there was supposed to be more stores! We went into at least 10 and all bought some yarn. I bought about 5 kilos of various yarns and spent about $50 – it was such an amazing buy. We hailed another taxi and all went well until we were a couple of miles from port when we got into a huge traffic jam (we later learned there was a demonstration that tied up the roads). When we were a little more than a mile from the ship, the taxi overheated and we had to get out. It was about 11:20 by then and Sherita still had to get back for her excursion. We decided to walk since the traffic was going nowhere. It was very hot and we had to walk at least a mile (I am going to check the actual distance tomorrow). We got back in time for Sherita’s excursion but Pat and I were dripping wet. We stopped at the little café in the terminal and got a cold drink and sat for about an hour before heading back to the ship. Lunch in the Lido (after taking a good look at my purchases!) and then Pat and I worked on her knitting before afternoon trivia. A number of people were still off the ship so we teamed up with one of our neighboring teams. We had 15 out of 19 but the winners had 18. 1) Absolut vodka comes from which country? 2) Who played the Scarecrow in the 1978 movie “The Wiz”? 3) What was the name of the first Pope? 4) In what country was Russell Crowe born? 5) What is the fastest creature on two legs? I ate early with Sherita, Jim, and Roy. I had crostini, a salad, beef stroganoff, and a sundae for dessert. Chris and Pat played trivia with us again. Winners had 18 out of 19 but we only had 15. 1) What city is the culinary capital of New Zealand? 2) Name the large US city that was hit by 16 earthquakes registering between 3 and 5 between 1980 and 1995? 3) In what country was Trivial Pursuit first sold? 4) Who was the first person to see Jesus after he left the tomb? 5) Fender and Gibson are types of what? There was a comedian for the show but since I had not done last night’s blog (which took three hours), I skipped it . Looking forward to a sea day tomorrow and not having to get up early! Afternoon trivia 1) Sweden 2) Michael Jackson 3) Peter 4) New Zealand 5) Ostrich Evening trivia 1) Wellington 2) New York City 3) Canada 4) Mary Magdalene 5) Guitars Smooth sailing until next time!
  6. February 18, 2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina For my first day in Buenos Aires I signed up for a city tour set up on the Cruise Critic roll call. It was a HAL tour but for just 8 of us (we had a 24 seat bus so it was very comfortable). Our guide was Maria and we started the tour by going to Floralis Genericus, a giant steel and aluminum flower that opens each morning and closes at sunset. Next, we stopped at Recoleta Cemetery. It has an amazing array of vaults. First opened in 1822 in the garden of a disbanded convent, it is still being used today. Probably the most famous person buried here is Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, often referred to as Evita. Some of the mausoleums are well-tended, others have broken glass and are in poor shape. Then we went to El Ateneo Grand Splendid which has been named by National Geographic as the world’s most beautiful bookstore. First opened in 1919 as a theater it was then turned into a movie theater before its transformation to a book store. I was pleased to see many people still buying books in this digital age. We then went to Plaza de Mayo, the center of Buenos Aires. Our first stop was to get some cash because the ship was not selling Argentinian money. At the first bank we went to, Patty, Sherita, and I could not get any money. Very much like the experience I had a few days ago, the ATM accepted the card and when it came time to get money, an “invalid request” notice came up. Maria took us to another bank and we each had some success but the most you could get was 1500 pesos (about US$40). In the square we saw the Casa Rosada – the executive mansion and familiar to anyone who has seen Evita. We then went into the Metropolitan Cathedral which houses the remains of the liberator of Argentina, Chile, and Peru from Spanish rule, General Jose de San Martin. On the way back to the bus we could look down and see the obelisk of Buenos Aires. Lunch was in Puerto Madero (not included in the price of the tour) at an Italian restaurant. Service was slow and the food was just OK. The last stop was in La Boca. It is one of the neighborhoods of the city and it is very colorful with lots of artwork everywhere. There were a number of restaurants with Tango music and dances. We had 40 minutes to wander around. I bought a magnet and tried to stay out of the sun (it was a hot summer day). By then it was after 4 pm and we had been going since 9 am. A couple of people in our group were going to a Tango dinner so we needed to get back to the ship. Today was a turnover day and we lost about 100 passengers and rumors differ as to how many got on (anywhere from 100-160). I knew two of my friends from my two Westerdam cruises were going to be in the Crow’s Nest at 4. I went to see if they were still there and they were. It was great to see Ann and Pat again. I had much earlier decided that I was going to the Lido for dinner. They were having an Asado Steak dinner and it was very tasty – actually one of the best steaks I have had onboard. I had missed 4 pm trivia so I headed back to the Crow’s Nest for 7 pm trivia. Patty and Sherita had gone to the Tango dinner so Pat and another new passenger, Chris, joined us. We had 17 out of 18 but the winners had 18. 1) What sauce is made of garlic and mayonnaise? 2) In what city would you find the world’s largest bullfighting ring? 3) What is the official language of Papua New Guinea? 4) What is the only country that is crossed by both the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn? 5) What is the most common type of plant in the world? The show tonight was “Pampas Devils Gauchos” described as a traditional gaucho show with the Argentine Tango and tap dancing and bolos. It was a good show but I was beat by the time it was over at 10:30. Trivia 1) Aioli 2) Mexico City 3) English 4) Brazil 5) Grass Smooth sailing until next time!
  7. No report tonight as I am wiped out from a 7.5 hour tour and then visiting with Ann and Pat, a trivia, and a local cultural show. And I have over 300 photos to go through. And I have to get up at 7 am (!!!!!!) tomorrow. Stay tuned.
  8. February 17, 2019 Montevideo, Uruguay After ten hours of sleep I woke up feeling much better so I ventured out to walk around the city. Because it was Sunday, everything was very quiet and most of the shops were closed except by the port. I walked for just over three hours stopping at an ATM and McDonald’s for a Coke. Montevideo is a city which is being revitalized. There are many beautiful buildings and many waiting for refurbishment. Near the ship was Mercado del Puerto with some shops and restaurants in and around it. There were also some stalls on the street surrounding it and I spent about 45 minutes looking around in the area. In afternoon trivia we had 11 out of 19 but the winning team had 15. 1) How tall in feet is the Eiffel Tower including the antenna – 974, 984, 1063, or 1142? 2) What was the role of Hermes in Greek mythology? 3) How many years did Rip Van Winkle sleep? 4) True or false – Anacondas lay eggs? 5) What island nation is the only member of NATO without a standing army? I ate with my other table as this was Andrea’s last night (she departs tomorrow in Buenos Aires). It was one of my least favorite menus. I had a Caesar salad, crab cakes (they were really crab balls), a piece of beef that was only OK, and a fruit sundae for dessert. We had 20 out of 21 for evening trivia and tied with a couple of other teams. Nobody got the tiebreaker correct so we left it as a tie. 1) What German surname means “beet garden” in Dutch? 2) What Southeast Asian country’s name means “land of the free”? 3) Who designed the Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo? 4) What does a logophobic fear? 5) What year followed 1 BC? Pat, Patty, Sherita, and I stayed in the Crow’s Nest for Name That Tune at 9 pm. We won with 17 out of 18. I have two early mornings coming up in Buenos Aires so I plan for an early bedtime. Afternoon trivia 1) 1063 2) Messenger 3) 20 4) False 5) Iceland Evening trivia 1) Beethoven 2) Thailand 3) Andy Warhol 4) Words 5) 1AD Smooth sailing until next time!
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  10. February 16, 2019 Punta del Este, Uruguay After I finished my blog last night I felt the start of a sinus infection. I took a couple of sinus pills hoping it would go away. When I awoke at 6 am I still had it so I started a Z-pack. Hopefully, it will help like last time. I went back to sleep and slept until almost noon – a total of 11 hours. I decided not to take the 20-30 minute tender ride into town as I had found nothing I particularly wanted to see. We are coming back next year in case I hear of something wonderful I missed. We had a short day here anyway since the last tender was at 2:30. I had my usual meal of rice and rolls that I have when I feel bad. I then sat out in the sun (didn’t feel like swimming) for almost two hours and started to feel a little better. For some reason, afternoon trivia was at 3:30 rather than the usual 4 pm. When It started, only three of us were present but as the quiz went on the others arrived thinking they were early. We had 9 out of 18 and the winners had 14. 1) What does a “palmiped” possess that makes it a palmiped? 2) What is the collective name for a group of larks? 3) What river is Baghdad on? 4) Who did Cassius Clay beat when he first won the championship? 5) Which animated movie was Disney working on when he died? For evening trivia we tied at least three other teams with 16 out of 18. There was another tie after the first tie-breaker and finally another team won the second tie-breaker (which was which deck does Erin [the assistant CD] live on). 1) In which country was the first fountain pen used? 2) What is the oldest known contagious disease? 3) A mountain is the symbol for what film company? 4) What body part gets bigger as the day progresses? 5) What is the first country to introduce income tax in 1789? Seven of us present for dinner. I had French onion soup, Chicken Codon Bleu, and a Peach Melba sundae. I did not go to the show as I plan to go to bed very early (before midnight!!). Afternoon trivia 1) Webbed feet 2) Exultation 3) Tigris 4) Sonny Liston 5) The Jungle Book Evening trivia 1) Egypt 2) Leprosy 3) Paramount 4) Feet 5) Britain Smooth sailing until next time!
  11. February 15, 2019 At Sea A quiet day on board. We only had about five people in Knitters and Stitchers. Unfortunately, we lost one of our members yesterday because her husband was having problems and they had to leave. Lunch in the Lido and then afternoon trivia in which we did horribly with only 8 out of 19. The winners had 13. 1) What does a pedologist study? 2) What was the first theme part in Florida, opening in 1936? 3) Which country’s flag has a red background with one five-pointed yellow star? 4) What was the first Japanese automaker to mass market a hybrid car? 5) Who was the first athlete on a Wheaties box? Arts and Crafts was just for completing unfinished projects and having a group picture taken. I then changed and went to the deck 9 pool. I swam half my normal laps and sat in the sun for about an hour. We did a little better in evening trivia with 13 out of 19 but the winners had 16. 1) What four-legged friend debuted on Roy Rogers movie “Spoilers on the Plain”? 2) Who shoved a grapefruit in May Clark’s face in a classic movie? 3) In what year did the maple leaf flag become the official one for Canada? 4) In 1963 James W. Whittaker became the first American to do what? 5) What was the one word nickname for entertainer Bill Robinson? Six of us present for dinner. I had a fruit salad, Caesar salad, Beef Bourginon, and a cherry Pavlova. I ran off a couple of knitting patterns for Pat after dinner and skipped the show. Afternoon trivia (we missed all of these) 1) Soil 2) Cypress Gardens 3) Vietnam 4) Honda 5) Mary Lou Retton Evening trivia 1) Bullet (dog) 2) Jimmy Cagney 3) 1964 4) Reach the summit of Mt. Everest 5) Bojangles Smooth sailing until next time!
  12. February 14, 2019 Puerto Madryn, Argentina There was no tour I wanted so I set out about 10:30 to walk around. My main goal was to find an ATM to get some money for Buenos Aires (the ship does not sell Argentinian money because of the way it fluctuates). The pier was a mile long (possibly a slight exaggeration but not by much) and summer has finally returned and it was hot. At least there was a bit of a breeze. I walked along the waterfront and saw the craft stalls but nothing called out to me. With help from some friends I found the mall expecting there to be at least one ATM but I saw none. I decided to walk to the square and on the way found a bank but nothing happened when I put my card in and everything was in Spanish so I walked on to the main square. It was being torn up and I could not see any banks so I started back. I found another ATM but it kept giving me the message that I had made an “invalid request”. I gave up and went into a gift shop that took US$. My big purchase was a magnet and I spent a total of $1! As I was getting ready to make the long trek back on the pier, I was told that there was a free shuttle that went from the gate to the ship. Much better than that long walk! I was not really much impressed with Puerto Madryn. The area along the waterfront was quite pretty but what I saw of the town was not real interesting. When I returned to my cabin I changed into my bathing suit and went to the Lido for lunch. I then spent a lovely two hours by the pool. There were only a couple of people at the pool (the one on deck 9) and I had the pool to myself for swimming my laps. I think it has been at least three weeks since the last time I was in the pool. I enjoyed it immensely. After changing I did a little knitting before afternoon trivia. We tied with three other teams for the win with 14 out of 28. 1) What entertainer left his knee prints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater? 2) What name is given to a race horse that has never won a race? 3) How many pieces are on a backgammon board when the game begins? 4) What was the first sport to be filmed and who filmed it? 5) If you were being ”lapidated” what would be happening to you? After trivia Pat and I were helping Sherita learn how to cast on as we are going to teach her to knit. Needed to wash the salt water from the pool off before getting ready for dinner. I am not sure which is worse – salt water or chlorinated water. We had 11 out of 18 for evening trivia but the winning team had 13. 1) Which country has been the site of the most European battles? 2) Which martial art’s name means “gentle way”? 3) Who was the Egyptian goddess of love and marriage? 4) What was the first American automaker to introduce air bags? 5) Which composer’s music was considered so boring and out of date that his own family called him the “old wig”? The dining rooms were all decorated for Valentine’s Day. Two of the penguins were enjoying a romantic evening. I had a spring roll, fruit, beef tenderloin, and a fruit cupcake for dessert. Everyone received a rose after dinner and I ended up with three because one of the ladies at the table is allergic so I got hers and her husband’s. I stopped at the Ocean Bar for a short while to watch the dancing at the Valentine Day’s Dance. The cast singers were singing while I was there. I did not go to the show which featured a harpist. Afternoon trivia 1) Al Jolson 2) Maiden 3) 30 4) Boxing, by Thomas Edison 5) Being stoned Evening trivia 1) Belgium 2) Judo 3) Hathor 4) GM 5) Bach Smooth sailing until next time!
  13. February 13, 2019 At Sea Morning began with Knitters and Stitchers and once again we had only a few present. Lunch in the Lido and then to afternoon trivia. We had 15.5 out of 21 and the winners had 16.5 1) What science did Margaret Mead help popularize? 2) In what year did Jimmy Hoffa disappear? 3) What was the second Bond story to be made into a movie? 4) What is allied with steel to make stainless steel? 5) What unique and strange quality do these personalities have in common – Judy Garland, Lenny Bruce, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, and Whitney Houston? After trivia I went to the library to run off a pattern that a couple of people wanted. The weather has started to change and we had a beautifully sunny day with highs in the 60s. I then went to the Showroom where there was going to be a special program by Jakub Trasak, a violinist. For some reason he was only contracted to do one night of shows (most performers do two nights) even though he was on the ship for at least ten days. He has been popping up with the Ocean Bar band and in other venues just because he loves to play (he said he always carries his violin with him) and many people had asked the entertainment department for another show. As he gets off the ship tomorrow, this afternoon was scheduled. The Showroom was just about full and he did a great show and received a standing ovation. Sherita, Patty, Tom, and I met up in the Crow’s Nest for happy hour. Sherita drank two wang-wangs! Only five of us for evening trivia and we had 16 out of 19. The winning team had 18. 1) In what city did Joe DiMaggio marry Marilyn Monroe? 2) Which Greek first told the world that everything is made from earth, fire, and wind? 3) What city is home to the busiest stock exchange? 4) What nation has about 1000 permanent inhabitants but does not export any goods? 5) What does NASA stand for? Tonight was a Gala Night with the theme of Blue although there were no decorations and the penguins did not make an appearance. I had a salad with goat cheese, shrimp cocktail, surf and turf, and a really bad cherry dessert with not very good chocolate gelato (I left almost all of the dessert). We received a carry-on suitcase as our pillow gift. This one is much nicer than last years because it is a spinner (last year’s only had two wheels). I did not go to the evening show. Afternoon trivia 1) Anthropology 2) 1975 3) From Russia With Love 4) Chromium 5) They died in the bathroom Evening trivia 1) San Francisco 2) Aristotle 3) Tokyo 4) Vatican City 5) National Aeronautics and Space Administration Smooth sailing until next time!
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