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Both Sides Now

December 26, 2018

“What are you going to do during your day in St. Kitts”? I was asked numerous times during a recent Caribbean Cruise. “ I’m returning to the infinity pool and tropical gardens”!

I discovered it through fellow travelers during my last visit.  It was a pool and hot tub in a resort on a hillside overlooking the port. I planned a day of bliss in a tropical oasis. 

The experience was a little different this time around. The majority of the lhaise lounges had reserved signs on them. I got  one...

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Dining Local

December 24, 2018

“Can you cook me a meal that I will be finished eartng in 60 minute time?”

The reply was “Yes”. It was said with confidence and so i ordered the Caribbean char grilled lobster. I had to be on board my cruise ship in 90 minutes and it was a 10 minute walk. No outside food is permitted onboard - takeout was not an option.

As I waited I had the house special cocktail. I asked what made it mint green. “It’s a secret recipe, I can’t tell you.” I accepted the mystery as part of my...

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Fair Trade

December 17, 2018

Besides sand and surf, I like to dabble in a bit of bartering with beach vendors.  I do it to engage with locals and have some fun.  I don't seek to trade "up".  I aim to release an item that I don't really want and receiving an item I do. 

I was on a cruise which stopped for the day on Antigua.  In my beach bag, I tossed a new blouse from my closet which had the tags still attached.  I brought it on the cruise because of its packability, it was sleeveless and it was stylish and a quality...

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Riding the Waves

November 26, 2018

                                                                             Photo:Rose Seutloadi

I was on a cruise and I bought a ukulele while in port.  I grabbed it a few times each day and walked around the ship.  People smiled, I got requests to play, I jammed with other musicians and spun a few tunes for the solo traveler group.  

It broke the ice and sparked conversation from ukuleles "want to bet", travel enthusiasts who had visited Hawaii and knowledge seekers.  

I made...

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Masquerade

October 30, 2018

It was the perfect opportunity to try out my Halloween costume and the perfect opportunity to meet fun people with a sense of adventure. It was the annual Fall organ and music concert at the First Congregational Church in Stratford, CT named "Pipescreams!"

For an afternoon I was Miley Cyrus.  I met William Shakespeare, Cruela Daville, the Imposter Police and so many more. I used my celebrity recognition as a conversation enabler.  

Afterwards there was a reception where audience and...

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