Meet the Faroese!

  No postponing this one; I came up with this trip idea only 2 and a half months ago et voila! 8 have signed up to join on a trip that I had been planning to save for retirement: The Faroe Islands! Our returning travelers: Jeanette “V8 Engine” Wong: 7 time...

So Far From Becoming a “Tarrafal” Time!

 Our original plan today was to visit the outer islands of either Sal or Maio, but due to technical engine failures of all of TACV's flights today, we would be "marooned" on Santiago. What a first world problem to suggest because we still would make the most of...

Will You Be My Cidade Velha-tine?

  Retrieving us from Praia, our guide Rita of Bu Country Tours drove us the 20 minutes west to the historic former Cape Verdean capital city of Cidade Velha. We started up top at Fortaleza Real de San Felipe:     Built originally to defend the city...

It’s Always A “Praia”-lly a Good Time To Travel!

 5 days off in the middle of summer, and flights dropping down to $800 roundtrip from NYC to Cape Verde...what's not to like? Taking advantage of the new (just opened up 10 months ago!) Air Senegal Flight HC408 route, direct from NYC to DSS (NYC to Dakar), my...

You’re Going to Miss … Svalbard

 PRESS play and read the post with the music (and feel free to even watch it; it's very applicable) . . .   You're going to miss hearing about trip to a region on Earth you never heard of before, signing up from as far back as 3 years to as...

The Tromsø Card

 After 6 days off the grid in Svalbard, 5 of our 15 decided to join my whimsical decision to visit Tromsø on the way back home.After a dramatic goodbye and making up for missing our bus to the airport, 6 of us took the 2:45pm flight out from Longyearbyen to...

Svalbard Day 7: Colesbukta

Last day.  Our last stop before our voyage comes to an end is at Colesbukta, a former Russian coal mining settlement long since abandoned.  A surreal paradise of the abandoned, let the buildings speak for themselves.  Or the local...

Svalbard Day 6: Kongsfjorden & Engelskbukta

  After some drama suturing up my knee last night, I slept in and skipped breakfast as our ship sailed into Kongsfjorden, an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers.     By mid morning we then moored off Ny Ålesund, one of the northernmost settlements in...

Svalbard Day 5: Liefdefjorden, Jakobsenbukta, Monacobreen

 After a day on pack ice northwest of Svalbard and recovering from karaoke the night before, today we sailed into Woodfjorden, Andrée Land. The name Woodfjorden is referring to the large amounts of driftwood that cover some beaches. We then landed at...

Svalbard Day 4: Northern Pack Ice

 Today was a day of entirely sailing, where we headed into the unreal views of endless pack ice to the northwest of Svalbard. So I set up my office for the day:   We watched endless beauty at 80º Latitude.   A day totally...
Meet the Faroese!

Meet the Faroese!

  No postponing this one; I came up with this trip idea only 2 and a half months ago et voila! 8 have signed up to join on a trip that I had been planning to save for retirement: The Faroe Islands! Our returning travelers: Jeanette “V8 Engine” Wong: 7 time...

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The Tromsø Card

The Tromsø Card

 After 6 days off the grid in Svalbard, 5 of our 15 decided to join my whimsical decision to visit Tromsø on the way back home.After a dramatic goodbye and making up for missing our bus to the airport, 6 of us took the 2:45pm flight out from Longyearbyen to...

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