August.  I have been back home a month now and the PTTS – or Post Trip Traumatic Syndrome, as I call it,  has disappeared, and the dust has finally settled as Helma R, one of my favourite ATW friends,  said recently. I know from many, you felt the same way.  Who knew?  I was rendered almost […]


We are down to our last sea days and it is busy.  We are all trying to cram in final lunches and dinners and meetings and drinks and just saying good bye to so many people, now dear friends, that we got to know and love on this voyage.  Add to that packing!!  I, along with […]


The Cayman’s hold a special place in my heart and I was really looking forward to this return visit after…. ahhhh… too many years to think about. I was not disappointed.  It is still a beautiful island, with lovely beaches and turquoise water and lots of tropical fish.  it also has an important turtle rehab […]


I LOVE CARTAGENA!! I didn’t expect to love Cartagena.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  But it is a wonderful, colourful city with a beautiful juxtaposition of old and new and an exciting past of pirates and silver and yes drug wars, but that seems to be past now.         When the […]


It’s not the first time I have travelled through the Panama Canal, but this time I had the best cabin to do so, right at the front of the ship.  So of course I had a Panama Cabin party and a whole bunch of us celebrated with mimosas and pastries.  We had a bird’s eye […]


GUATEMALA, NICARAGUA & COSTA RICA I was so looking forward to Guatemala.  I chose a tour that was taking me to La Antigua, the old capital.  It’s a beautiful city with a huge central square and the lovely old Casa Santa Domingo, an ancient convent and temple that had been buried under tons of debris, […]


The last time I saw Acapulco, my heart was young and gay – to steal a lyric – and I almost drowned. I wasn’t even swimming.  I was at the edge of the rough water looking for seashells and I wasn’t looking when a big wave hit me and took me out into the undertow.  […]