Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scatter Shooting from Home

Our cherry tree in bloom
Returning from a long vacation gives us an opportunity to see “home” and the quotidian and ourselves through a different lens.  Some stray thoughts upon returning home.
·         We just read reports about the American military following Iranian ships through the Gulf of Hormuz and into the Gulf of Aden.  We were just there.  We know what they’re talking about! Travel makes the news come alive.  The only way to know geography is to see it.
·         Men in long white robes are elegant.  Women in long black robes are…well let’s just say I’m glad it’s not me.
·         I was just listening to a radio broadcast on “How to Travel on $50 a Day.”  My days of even wanting to do that are over.  Thank goodness for cruise ships, 3 (tasty) solids a day, cabin staff and being spoiled.  
·         The cruise lines are fooling themselves if they think they can continue to charge $.50 per minute for inferior internet.  The world is used to being connected.  There is no complaint I hear that is louder than lack of connectivity.
·         Places are like people – you get along with some and not with others.  The trick to life is finding the ones you like and sticking by them.
·         Our pilot on Air Canada’s long-haul flight from Dubai to Toronto was a woman -- named Katherine, no less.  You go girl!
·         Unpacking is not much fun. Jet lag is not much fun.  Memories are fun.
·         Human beings probably haven’t changed much in the last 5,000 years. Why can’t we just all get along?  
·         I love big cities, their bustle, excitement and lights, but I’m a small-town girl.  I love living in Durango with its mountains and cobalt blue skies.  I guess sometimes you just have to get away to remind yourself how lucky you are.
And. finally, there is no pollen at sea.  That's a very good reason to cruise in the spring!