I am very sorry for my lack of recent posts. I have a very good excuse. I have had absolutely nothing to say of interest. Seriously. I tried to write witty posts several times, but each time I came up empty-handed. But finally I have a few things of interest to share.
First, I am feeling fine and my last three month check-up for cancer went great. I’m still rocking the remission thing.
Secondly, despite the new State Department warnings against traveling to the state of Guerrero, Mexico, we remain safe. Many of you may have read about the recent killing of an American in Ixtapa, (15 minutes away from Zihuatanejo). The man who was killed was out at 4:00 AM and they suspect he got into a fight after visiting a sex worker. This IN NO WAY excuses what happened, but extenuating circumstances led to his death. It was not a random killing. But still, we are taking extra precautions to stay safe. In the late evenings we take a cab home from downtown now, and we are more vigilant and aware of our general surroundings. If you are planning on visiting in the next few months, rest assured Zihuatanejo is a safe place for foreigners to visit. Most of the violence in our state is politically motivated and/or cartel related.
Overall, we are loving being back in Zihuatanejo. Our apartment is great, the weather is great and our lives are slow and tranquil. We spend our days reading or going to the beach. I often hang out with my mom for lunch or a trip to a local beach or pool. My dad came for my birthday and we had a nice visit, too.
That’s pretty much all I can say. See why I haven’t blogged! Life in Zihuatenjo is one big chill fest!
Where to next?
Andy and I have figured out our next adventure after we leave Zihuataenjo. We’re actually going to be scooting out of her a little bit earlier than anticipated. Our lease in Zihuatanejo ends March 30, but we’re going to hightail it out a bit early because…
We’re going on a month-long cruise!!! Hawaii, American Samoa, Bora Bora and Tahiti here we come!!!
I’ve always wanted to take a long cruise. This is a dream of mine. The longest cruise we’ve been on has been two weeks. but I really, really wanted to experience sea life for a more extended period of time. And I wanted to go on a cruise that has tons and tons of days at sea, with only a few ports of call. Most people enjoy port intensive cruises, but not us! Andy and I both adore days at sea. If the temperature allows, we spend our sea days roaming the ship, out by the pool, playing ping pong, reading, watching videos and just relaxing. We’ve done several cruises with long stretches of sea days, but often the weather has been too cold to enjoy the pools–not this time! We already have some fun stuff planned including plans to attend a first night Passover Seder with other Jewish passengers. Last year we celebrated Passover in Kyoto, Japan. This year we’ll be at sea. Cool!
Here’s our itinerary on the Emerald Princess departing from Los Angeles. See all the crazy sea days 🙂
|Day 1||Los Angeles, California||4:00 PM|
|Day 2||At Sea|
|Day 3||At Sea|
|Day 4||At Sea|
|Day 5||At Sea|
|Day 6||Honolulu, Hawaii||7:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|Day 7||Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|Day 8||Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|Day 9||Hilo, Hawaii||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|Day 10||At Sea|
|Day 11||At Sea|
|Day 12||At Sea|
|Day 13||At Sea|
|Day 14||Cross International Date line||8:00 PM||9:00 PM|
|Day 14||Pago Pago, American Samoa||10:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|Day 16||At Sea|
|Day 16||Apia, Western Samoa||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|Day 16||Cross International Date line||5:00 PM||6:00 PM|
|Day 17||At Sea|
|Day 18||Bora Bora, French Polynesia||8:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|Day 19||Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia||8:00 PM|
|Day 20||Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia||5:00 PM|
|Day 21||Moorea, French Polynesia||8:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|Day 22||At Sea|
|Day 23||At Sea|
|Day 24||At Sea|
|Day 25||At Sea|
|Day 26||At Sea|
|Day 27||At Sea|
|Day 28||At Sea|
|Day 29||Los Angeles, California||7:00 AM|
Perhaps you are wondering how we’re able to afford such a luxurious and long voyage? First, it’s not that expensive because we booked an interior cabin with no window or balcony. We have bunked in an interior cabin for two weeks several other times and it worked out fine. Hopefully being in such a small space for 28 days won’t test our marriage too much!
Also because most food expenses are included (except for the specialty restaurants) we won’t have to pay for food or rent for the month of April because we’ll be living on the cruise ship. It’s a splurge for sure, but an affordable one.
Sometime in mid to late March, will be back in the Bay Area to pick up cruise clothes (Andy looks hot in his tux) and say hi to our friends and family. We’ll try to have a gathering someplace to see everyone. I will also see my U.S. based oncologist for my three month check-up. Then our plan is to drive to LA with our snorkeling gear, bathing suits and fancy cruise frocks in tow!
More details to follow soon!