Real Estate and Forex and Life, Oh My!

Apparently I don't know what it means to be a consistent blogger. Anyways there are a few things to be updated in my life. 1. Real Estate Investing Since last November I have been interested in investing in real estate. I Read more

Time Keeps Marching

The summer has been a whirlwind of fun. My parents were here for about 6 weeks, though they did travel a lot during that time. I was able to spend about 8 days with them down at my sister's Read more

Made It Through The Winter!

Well it seems that the winter is finally over. In fact there wasn't much of a spring around here. As my friend Casey put it, in Wisconsin there is winter, and then there's a death match between winter and Read more

New Job Finally

I've been back in the States since October and have had a couple of jobs here and there, but they weren't very good and didn't last long. Well it's been just a bit over four months and I finally Read more

I've Been Everywhere Man

Well I have now come to the end of my career on cruise ships. I thought it'd be nice to provide a little list of all the places I've been in the last 3 years. Most of the names Read more

I'm Off to See the Wizard

The wonderful wizard of Alaska!! Yeah I can't wait to be back in Alaska. Sounds strange to say that because it's gonna be 5 long months of hard work but it's gonna be a nice change - at least Read more

Skydiving in Honolulu

Well, this is definitely something worth writing about. I jumped out of an airplane. The airplane was 14,750 feet in the air. The free fall was 60 seconds. It was amazing. I had never thought about sky diving before Read more

Next Contract - Panama Canal and Alaska

With also a few other places thrown in such as Tahiti, Bora Bora, Hawaii and Christmas Island!! If you're interested please see below my itinerary for this next contract on the ms Statendam. I'll be joining it during dry dock Read more

I am Alive!!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written, but I promise I am still alive. Currently I’m in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. It’s an island somewhere in the Med. Life is good but I’m so ready for my contract to be over. I have this cruise, and then 2 more cruises, and then the crossing cruise back to Ft. Lauderdale. So I’ll be taking a flight up to Wisconsin on November 10. I’ll have just over 2 months vacation and then back to the Volendam where I will join it in Hong Kong. I’ll be there in Asia for about 3 months and then in Alaska for 5 months. So that’s the lowdown on the next year of my life. Not sure what’s in store after that, but yeah, we’ll see. I think planning one year at a time is good enough. That’s all I’ve ever known anyways throughout my life!

I have a lot of photos to upload, but right now I am sitting on a curb with some free wifi and it’s not really comfortable, so I’ll upload photos later. I’ll be in Naples in a few days where I’ll be able to sit in a terminal, so expect some photos to be uploaded on September 30th. Ok..now I have a deadline so it should happen! Of course if pirates come scare the captain away from Naples then I have an excuse. 😉

Alright, well that’s about all for now.

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Norway and Baltic and Med Oh My!

Well I’ve been incredibly busy and the internet has been awful, but I’ve finally had the chance to upload photos to my site. You can head on over to the photo gallery and see photos that I’ve taken since being in Europe. These are from the above mentioned places. I haven’t had the chance to name the photos yet descriptively, but you can use your imagination on each of them. 🙂

I have had the good fortune to have my mother on a cruise with me last week and now I’ve got my dad here with me. It’s really nice to see parents especially when I haven’t seen them in an entire year. We’ve been going on a lot of shore excursions together which has been super nice. Today we went to the top of a mountain in Alesund, Norway and got a great view of the city and surroundings. There will be a photo of that uploaded later but it hasn’t gotten to the editing stage yet.

Tonight it’s the Pinnacle Grill with Niamh and my dad, so I’m getting excited about some great food.

Peace!

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Europe – The New Frontier

I am about to start exploring Europe, and it’s going to be an amazing whirlwind tour with a splattering of many countries. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit England and Ireland while I was on my vacation with Niamh and her family, but it’s going to be even more amazing all the places I’m about to go. Here’s a list of what’s on the menu:

France
Belgium
The Netherlands
England
Portugal
Canary Islands
Morocco
Spain
Norway
Denmark
Germany
Estonia
Russia
Finland
Sweden
Gibraltar
Italy
Monaco
Greece
Corfu
Croatia
Sicily
Tunisia
Malta

The best thing about this is that I’m going to get to go to quite a few different cities in each of these countries as my ship stops in these places more than once. I will be particularly familiar with Norway. I’m also going to get a few overnights including Stockholm Sweden, St. Petersburg Russia, Maderia Portugal, Tenerife Canary Islands, Honningsvag Norway, and Barcelona Italy.

Personally I am most excited about St. Petersburg and Barcelona. Also very high on my excitedness list is both Casablanca and Tangier in Morocco. In about 2 weeks from now I will have been to 6 of the 7 continents. Antarctica will have to wait for some other time. Holland America has had a ship go to Antarctica a lot in the past, however I think this year was the last year for this for whatever reason. I guess I’ll have to go there on my own one day.

Two places that I won’t get to go to on this contract are Venice and Istanbul – both places that I really want to visit some day. I’m not complaining too much though, I have SO many really awesome places I’m about to see.

The photo team here on the Ryndam is very good. There’s me, Niamh, Saskia, Becky and Zhou Ye. Saskia is Indian ancestry, but she was born and adopted in The Netherlands, so she speaks only English and Dutch. Becky and Niamh are British, and Zhou Ye is Chinese. She’s from a city near Changchun, so it’s really cool for me to have someone else to speak Chinese to on the ship, and this someone is even in my department. Zhou Ye is our videographer, Becky is our Black Label artist and Saskia is a photographer. Becky is leaving for vacation in a few days and will be gone for about 5 weeks, after which she is coming back here. In the meantime, our Black Label artist is going to be Joanne, who happens to be my Operations Manager with Ocean Images. This means that I’m going to be working with my boss for 5 weeks. It’s going to be very interesting to say the least. I’m sure I will learn a lot in this time.

I spent the first couple weeks on the ship getting back into the swing of things, and readjusting back to the Ryndam after nearly 10 months on the Volendam. I am feeling very good right now. I’ve had a few quiet days the last week because we’re in the middle of the Atlantic right now and there’s not much to do on the ship because the guests are all mariners. This means they’ve sailed many times in the past and aren’t too concerned with taking photos. So we don’t have a lot to do which gives me a chance to make preparations for the European season.

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