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Alright detectives – I’ll make it easy for you.   I’m going to be cruising between New York and the Caribbean May 24 – August 13, and the calendar below will tell you where I am on any given day.  My cell phone will work when I’m in NYC, and it should work on days I’m in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Otherwise I’ll have irregular and sometimes slow internet access throughout the summer.  But have no fear — I plan to update my blog as regularly as possible to keep my adoring fans up-to-date on my summer adventures so that you can all travel vicariously through me.  Stay tuned…

Summer 2009 calendar

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homeward bound

I’m spending today in the San Francisco airport, waiting for my overnight flight back to New York. I loved teaching on the cruise ship and didn’t really want to leave. I’m definitely thinking of doing another contract in the future…

Just had to add a couple photos from the last tour I went on: snorkeling in Ketchikan.  It was a blast.  The drummer from the orchestra went with me.  This may have been even better than the whale watching tours!

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My sister Carolyn just spent the last cruise onboard with me. We had so much fun! Here’s us sailing out of San Francisco:

Here we are on the ship sailing in Tracy Arm Fjord:

And here we are playing some serious shuffleboard:

We also went glacier viewing, disco dancing, and whale watching, enjoyed several shows in the ship’s lounges, ate a lot, and laughed a lot. Fun, fun, fun!

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the home stretch

Just a quick note to let you all know I’m still alive and well. This will be my last cruise since I fly back to New York on August 16. My sister thoroughly enjoyed her cruise with me – we had a blast together. I’ll try to upload some photos in a few days when I have a better internet connection in Juneau.

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Butchart Gardens

A few days ago I went on a tour at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, which was absolutely lovely! I know some of my adoring fans out there are gardeners, so I would highly recommend a visit to this place if you ever have the chance – it’s supposed to be one of the best gardens in the world.

My sister is on board with me this cruise and is currently touring the gardens herself – I’m sure she’ll love it. We’ve been having a good time together on the ship and she has really enjoyed seeing both the luxury passenger areas and the behind-the-scenes work of the ship. Tomorrow is another sea day so she might come to some of my classes. We’re also planning a trip to the sauna tomorrow. What a life!

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ESL Classes Tour the Bridge

I made arrangements with the Staff Captain to have my English classes tour the bridge, where the captains and officers on watch navigate the ship. Most of my students have never been there, so they were EXCITED! They took pictures of everything: the equipment, the ocean view, the radar and GPS monitors, each other, the officers on watch, the deck cadets, the commodores, the Captain, the signs and posters – everything. It was like herding cats once they started snapping photos, but you could tell they really enjoyed it. Here are the two groups of students who went on the tour:

And a picture of me on the outer wing of the bridge.

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whale videos

Visit my site on Youtube to see some videos I posted from my last whale watching tour…

http://www.youtube.com/user/shanson1

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