Eying some Maya Ruins

In fifth grade (ish) I did a school project on the Maya. (Yes, Maya, at least according to “Dr Dave” resident anthropologist on board and even more convincingly our Maya tour guides, so I’d take it on good authority). I was fascinated by their piercing/blood letting rituals (male nipples, genitalia and what not), their calendar and astronomy, their ritual of human sacrifice and their ritual of flattening their foreheads and crossing babies eyes on purpose (a sign of nobility and beauty). As such, I’ve always wanted to check some of their ruins and temples out and today was the day….

Are you a cruisah?

It would be way premature to say yes and I’m not sure I would ever admit it even if I were (no offense intended for any cruiser friends out there), however, I was asked the other night if I ever wanted to get off this ship and at present the answer is undeniably no. Sure, we are pretty far south of the median age onboard and things wrap up around 10 pm but let’s be honest, I don’t often see the other side of midnight very often anymore. For my first cruise we chose Viking Ocean cruises. It is a…

One night in Miami

I often make fun of Melissa’s (obsessive) planning, but, well, I shouldn’t. For my fiftieth birthday this year we chose a cruise. I’ve never been on one before so we dove right in with a two week one. I figured if I hated it, I might as well really hate it. But I digress… We launch out of Miami and decided to spend a night (vs. take a red eye in December from Denver with no great back up flights to get us in on time) and stayed downtown. While I’m not sure I would stay in that area for…