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  1. Not sure why it happened now, but when we renewed our GOES we did not need an additional interview - might have been the beginning of "covid" and just like our California drivers licenses, we just got an automatic five year extension - even though we are over 75. Everything was done online. When we got our GOES the first, we did schedule a remote location at the California-Mexican border (Calexico) because the closer LAX location was backed up over three months. So we planned a short overnight sweep into into LA - Salton Sea Imperial Valley area to take care of two tasks -get our
  2. Petropavlosk, Kamchatka - there was a 4X4 excursion on a very rough road to have a volcano cooked dinner - weather permitting. The in town Volcanarium was a very limited exhibit, intended more for school children, but the signature skyline lets you know you are in the middle of volcano country.
  3. How many still carry their yellow WHO vaccination certificates? My yellow fever vaccination "proof" is now over 50 years old. If this document still works for Yellow fever, why not "covid"? Des it still get honored today as proof of yellow fever vaccination, or any other vaccination history? I don't like the idea of business corporations alone forcing blanket medical decisions on us; instead of personal individual decisions made between doctor and patient; in conjunction with national public health agency advisories. Yellow fever being a good example - according to C
  4. Proving there are no guarantees when traveling - this is the best we got to finally and unexpectedly seeing a puffin in Petropavlosk, Russia Far East - a photo obviously put to shame compared to the prior offerings. But as they say, while wildlife is plentiful sightings are not guaranteed! At least we were finally able to take the puffin off mythical status. DH is dutifully embarrassed by this puny photo offering - but it does illustrate the varieties of the travel experience when it comes to getting those killer shots. I am reminded we did see puffins at the North Cape, Norway
  5. Thanks for the great puffin photos - just what we wanted to see, but we were never able to get up close and personal, after our many attempts. We were ready to assume they were a tourism marketing hoax! We unfortunately learned too late they do have a very limited season on land for breeding and do spend most of their time out at sea - so plotting on the calendar is a must. We even took a spacial trip to a "puffin island" off the northern shore of Iceland. After a long ride on a small boat to learn the puffins had just left, but we got to walk among hundreds of their nesting holes
  6. We did much of what appears to be a similar itinerary on another cruise line a year or so ago - SF to Yokohoma - via Alaska, Russia Far East and two weeks around Japan. Pretty fabulous, but very much off the beaten path port stops. They are not geared for traditional "tourism" and often limited in what can be offered, but they are very much real experiences in far away places. Surprisingly interesting stops were both very small Dutch Harbor - Unalaska and rather grand Vladivostok. This itinerary is more rugged, than glamorous. I would grab this opportunity, if you simply like t
  7. Greetings, also trying to figure out whether to rent or buy boots upfront for an upcoming 2022 cruise - but to South Georgia rather than Antarctic. Those who did rent boots from Silversea, did you get your shoe size recommendation (larger) or go up a size or more to accommodate thick socks? What if your regular shoe size falls in between two sizes - did you take the larger or one that might be smaller? Size 8 here and they offer a (7.5 -8) or an (8.5-9) size boot. Thanks. Assume the larger would be the safer choice.
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