Since we left cruise ships, many folks ask where my favorite destination was that we traveled to. I honestly can tell you that it’s way too difficult to decide. I’m definately a fan of Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, Austrailia, New Zeland, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the French Polynesian Islands, Hawaii Alaska, the West and East Cost of the USA. I think you get the picture. Basically, I really love to travel and can find the absolute best there is to offer in any given destination.
I do have one thing to say though about my travels, I LOVE MEXICO. Something in the water there that makes me want to go back, over and over again. (No it’s not Montezuma’s Revenge either.) Seriously, the people in Mexico are amazingly kind and friendly. I know what the news organizations share about Mexico, it’s all violence, drugs and gangs. Well, just like every country they have their problems that are always a bit over dramatized in the press. Don’t get me wrong, there is danger… but that exists EVERYWHERE, so as a traveler, a person has to be aware and no place themselves unwhittingly into a dangerous situation. Look around, don’t drink too much, and definatly, do not buy anything in Mexico at the asking price. That entire culture is a hagglers dream.
The Gulf side of Mexico has crystal clear Caribbean style sandy beaches, beautiful dive spots, secluded resorts and hot spots in the center of glamourous urban oasis. Yes, I used the word glamourous in conjunction with Mexico. Along side the fabulous beaches and loads of tequilla, they also have beautiful pottery and some pretty nifty shopping options too. In Cancun they have a full on high fashion shopping mall, personally I don’t go to Mexico to shop, but hey, if you gotta use that plastic burning up a hole in your pocket they have lots of places to do it.
It’s been forever since I’ve posted a story. This contract has had us much busier learning a lot of new songs and I’ve had less time to spend working on the blog. We have learned about 120 minutes of Latin songs, including several that I am singing in Spanish. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to sing in a foreign language, it took me quite a bit of time to get the words down. The nice thing is my friends from Argentina helped me with the pronunciation… Made it much easier than doing it alone.
We finally made it to the Hawaiian Islands. We have completely fallen in love with it here. So far we have gone to Hilo and had a nice meal overlooking a pond full of tropical fish, visited Waikiki Beach in Honalulu, swam in the ocean at Nawililwili Bay on Kauai and today we are hanging at Betty’s Beach Cafe on Maui.
I know why people come here on vacations and never leave. The temperature is perfect, the sun is always shining, the trees are green with flowers everywhere. People are super friendly and very helpful.
Yesterday we met a lady from Walled Lake Michigan who came here on a vacation 35 years ago and never left. She said she really didn’t have a reason to go back home and just couldn’t bear the thought of leaving. I told the guys in e band that they might have to drag me back on the ship for our last four sea days at the end of our contract. I love the beach so much and that pretty much all there is here. Awesome.
Next cruise, we are planning to do some snorkeling, surfing, and maybe rent a car to go to some of the more secluded beaches away from the cruise ship and people.
I took a ton of pics, so we will start sharing them shortly…
We only had one opportunity to visit Aruba while we were on this cruise. The night before, we tried to make some plans with our friends to get off the ship as early as we could once we arrived in port. We only had a few hours there that day as our ship left for the next port around 1 pm and the crew had to be on board around noon. So we set our alarm for 6 am as we were to be in port at 7. In port, we cruised around the little downtown area of Oranjestaad through the streets lined with pink and light yellow buildings. Past a nice outdoor mall with lots of high end brands that I recognized from home like Gucci, Louis Vitton, Polo and more. Funny, as I haven’t really been to a mall since I got on this ship to shop for anything. I’m not really missing it much, but it’ll be fun to go to Sommerset when I get home for sure. 🙂
Anyway, the whole reason we were walking around was to find our friend Matt and see if we could figure out a place to get some breakfast before going to the beach. So, after walking all around the downtown area, we ended up a a Dunkin’ Doughnuts as it was the only place open at 7:15 am. It worked out perfectly as we found Matt at the same place. So we ordered a Guava filled doughnut, some egg crossaint sandwiches and coffees. We sat on the patio and overlooked the bay and munched our breakfast.
We decided to catch a cab to the beach. As we hopped in, our driver told us a few fun facts about Aruba. Best one that I recall is that all the beaches are public. So no matter where he stopped, we could have gotten out and enjoyed the beach. We asked to go to a place where there was a cafe, some tiki huts and possibly a place to scuba. So he dropped us off by the Ramada where Frank Sinatra used to stay. As we walked down to the beach, I really thought I had stepped into someones screen saver. People buy posters, postcards, and photos of beaches from Aruba and hang them in their office cubicles… And there I was walking right through them to my very own little tiki hut with lounge chairs and lovely rum cocktails. Amazing. All I can say, is the best place to go to the beach is Aruba. You can’t go wrong and everyone we ran into spoke English.