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sunny 41 °F

Having just flown back from São Paulo, Brazil where the weather is still warm, it's definitely a contrast to the past couple days being back home where the temperature has certainly started to feel more wintry, rather than mid-late fall.

It was a beautiful sunny day to start, however, late afternoon, clouds started to cover the sky and the temperature dropped. Doesn't look like any of the suspected snow is going to hit here in the Twin Cities, but yesterday as I was watching some television, a few passing clouds did sprinkle some dusting of snow, and at time, the snow flakes were quite large and I couldn't see more than 20yards.

As much as I enjoy a colder night to sleep in, I"m just not ready for this winter yet as it seems spring was just yesterday. Did we even have a summer this year?

I have been trying to do plenty of updates to a few cities on where I have lived, as well as do updates on my past cruises. Maybe once I'm done doing those, I'll be able to write about a few of my favorite locations from my travels around the world.

Until Next Time,
Sluggo

Posted by Sluggoaafa 18:15 Archived in USA Tagged cold minnesota minneapolis Comments (0)

Only cruises on my map, none of my flights

Cruise yes, Flights no.

sunny 30 °F

Hope everyone has been enjoying me updating my travel experiences on HAL Rotterdam from Feb 2018. It's been fun to remember all the sites, sounds and fun excursions that I went on during my Caribbean trip.

While looking at my travel map, it may seem a bit empty, that's because I just want to have it show my ocean travels.

I have a feeling that if I were to add my air travels, I may be banned from the site as I have over 6,700,000 miles! (yes, I fly for a living, so my map would be quite hard to figure out and understand lol)

I do have to work (fly) to Sao Paulo tomorrow on Halloween, and return Sunday morning. I have a few more days to add to my Caribbean trip, then I can start on my other cruises.

I'll have to figure out some way to include a couple of photos on my blogs. I know a blog is better with pictures rather than just words....just takes time to find the right pics, then load them to the site.

Anyway, Happy Halloween, and....

Until Next Time,
Sluggo

Posted by Sluggoaafa 16:48 Archived in USA Tagged halloween Comments (0)

Good Morning

Just starting out, so please bare with me!

overcast 42 °F

Found this site while looking how to 'map' my cruises for my website. Who knows, maybe if things go well and I keep up with logging in and checking things out, maybe I'll blog about many of my travels from flying, cruising, or whatever.

Until then,

Sluggo

Posted by Sluggoaafa 23:11 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Day 22 - Sea Day

When & Where

sunny 80 °F

Last day at sea. This is when reality starts to set in.

Weather was a nice 80 °F and partly Cloudy.

Being your last day of a long cruise, this is generally the time when you start repacking your belongings and make sure anything you bought at any of your stops can fit into your luggage.

Since I had been on several dive trips, the first thing I did was to rewash all of my gear to ensure majority of the salt water had been rinsed off.

Checking your ships account, making sure there are no bogus entries, or your bill is settled in full. Since I had bought a beverage package, I spent the morning adding up all of my beverages and see if I actually saved money, or wasted money in having the package. (I came out about even, so I was happy)

Along with the premium wine package, there was one final Premium Wine Tasting that I went to, and learned about more pairings of wine, food, and cheeses.

Saying your goodbyes is never easy, especially when you make many good friends of all ages. Exchanges emails, facebook profiles, phone numbers, or enjoying your last meal together.

If there were any employees that stood out, this is a good time to seek them out specifically and give them any tips you see fit.

In the evening, it's hard to to see all the luggage lined up in the hallways for pick-up to be sorted out by the staff once you dock the next morning. Your last folder will also give you instructions on when you are to leave the ship, and if you have your own ride-share, where to meet before getting off the boat.

Posted by Sluggoaafa 13:22 Archived in USA Tagged vacation america holland rotterdam carribean hal Comments (0)

Day 12 - San Juan Puerto Rico

When & Where

semi-overcast 82 °F

We rolled into the San Juan harbor a little later than normal....the port was actually choppy and they had the decks blocked off for a little while until we had gotten past the opening of the San Juan port.

The weather was partly cloudy, and a temperature of 82 °F. As we were pulling in, we past Oasis of the Seas, which was already docked.

I was quite surprised how easy it was to venture around San Juan. Having been here many times before with the airline, I had never been in Old Town area, so I was pretty excited. Some of the tropical forests were still devastated by the hurricanes from the year before, so walking around Old Town was good enough for me.

Originally called "La Ciudad Amurallada", San Juan was founded in 1508 by Ponce de León and is the second oldest city in the Americas. To protect the transportation of gold, silver and jewels, on the route from American to Spain, the Spaniards built a series of forts, still seen today. No visit is complete without the legendary El Morro and La Fortaleza forts, nestled in Old San Juan where the massive walls protected it from the enemy.

Considered the Gibraltar of the West Indies, this area was once a walled city surrounded by multiple forts to protect access to the Spanish Main. As a military foothold the city endured many attacks by the Dutch and British, some of which proved partially successful. In fact, in 1596 the British took over Puerto Rico for 65 days. The population of San Juan continued to grow within the city walls until the late 19th century, when the island of Puerto Rica was ceded to the U.S. at the conclusion of the Spanish-American War.

Despite every effort to the contrary, many of these fortifications remain intact, giving the impression of traveling back in time as you explore its many plazas, churches and gardens. Moreover, Puerto Rico may be part of the U.S., but its music, culture and cuisine are unique fusion of indigenous Taino culture with European and African influences. Modern day San Juan encompasses a vast metropolis complete with several unique neighborhoods, which allows access to Spanish fiestas, African music and architecture reminiscent of Buenos Aires or Seville, all within one city.

Do be careful walking around in Old San Juan as there are still cobblestone streets which have been worn to a blue patina and bright flower boxes that adorn windows. San Juan is also home to the famed Bacardi rum distillery. As you do walk around, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, take a bottled water, sun glasses and maybe an umbrella since you never know when an afternoon shower will open up.

I spent majority of the day at the fort. Here's a little timeline to let you know why San Juan is so important.

  • 1493 - Columbus' 2nd voyage sights Puerto Rico
  • 1508 - Ponce de León starts Spanish colony
  • 1511 - Native Taino Indians revolt
  • 1521 - San Juan city founded
  • 1533 - La Fortaleza, first fortification started
  • 1539 - Castillo San Felipe del Morro Started
  • 1595 - First English attack, Sir Francis Drake
  • 1598 - Second English attack, Sir George Clifford
  • 1608 - Fortin San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo) started
  • 1625 - Dutch attack, Boudwyn Hendrick
  • 1634 - San Juan city wall started Castillo San Cristóbal started
  • 1660 - El Cañuelo re-built
  • 1783 - Castillo San Cristóbal, major construction completed
  • 1790 - Castillo San Felipe del Morro, major construction completed; San Juan city wall completed
  • 1797 - British attack, Sir Ralph Abercromby
  • 1897 - Part of city wall torn down to expand San Juan
  • 1898 - Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico becomes U.S. Territory
  • 1899 - San Juan Military Reservation established
  • 1943 - Name change to Ft. Brooke honors first American governor
  • 1949 - San Juan National Historic Site established
  • 1983 - World Heritage Site designated

(info from the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior, San Juan Historic Site map)

So after a full day of learning some great history and doing tons of walking, finally headed back to the ship, where Oasis of the Seas had departed, and a Viking ship was docked.

Until Next Time,
Sluggo

Posted by Sluggoaafa 19:43 Archived in USA Tagged vacation san america holland rotterdam juan carribean hal Comments (0)

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