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Inspired To Sea The World Aboard A Cruise Ship

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July 4 2014-
in Boston  @JFK Library
More Americans died in the D Day invasion then the whole Iraq war

Cruiseships Come True

Freedom is, not WHAT you do to what has been done to you, freedom is  nothing but a chance TO BE BETTER

But freedom isn't free. 3 weeks ago, I visited the beaches of Normandy, and had awe and gratitude for the sacrifices made so that I could have a future, and  live the AmeriCAN dream- traveling  freely around the world.

Impossible Is Nothing-Traveling is an activity not an accomplishment, but what an active run I have had!

Geography is the topography of ignorance, a finite disappointment not only  when the map becomes the territory, but when you actually visit these hole in the wall places. In most cases, it's a lot better to transcend reality with imagination, re-framing the conversation. "Melbourne was awesome", "Ghana? Amazing!" India? a magical delight".   
The future just isn't what it used to be. Nevertheless, there is not one ship that doesn't sail to a port where life is not uncomfortable.  Yet, you don't quit countries, you quit people, and you can ONLY quit once- and I have to say the best ships are friendships, and I have met some amazing people while sailing around the world, and I have not given up on the inherent goodness of people.
Because it makes me happy-May 5, 2015 Rome, the start of
 my latest and greatest grand  voyage

So what if hell is other people! Go to hell for the company and heaven for the climate Liking many people spontaneously and without effort is probably my greatest of all sources of personal happiness.

The gravity of travel is that you need these three things to fo it: time, money and opportunities. The zeto Gravity thinkingvthst runs mu show is not about these finite resources. It is about resourcefulness and being clever enough to get what I want. Afterall, living on earth and doing nothing still gets each of us a round trip around the sun. You might as well do what you like regardless of the naysayers,because the Earth school kills all of its students, and procrastination is just suicide on the installment plan. When you life flashes before your eyes, don't you want to see a movie worth watching. 

There is no time like the present.

If it wasn't for the last minute, however, nothing would ever get done. No matter how many plans you make or how much in control you are, life is always winging it, especially, living and working on a cruise ship. Some people will say it is a "dream world". I love sleep and dreaming. It's dreaming with eyes wide open. And I can see the future, and it works!

H2 OMG-Enriched by A  Wonderful Osmosis in Flåm 6 days ago
Going out to sea is  the infinity of hope, the preview of life's coming attractions where you have final cut in your own movie.  You can lose yourself in the ocean's food for thought. Its  menu is the meal,  and itineraries are full of promises. It gives you a  sense of destination and the energy to get started again.
Yet, when I think of all the places I've been, and the stories I have told and heard, life at sea is a Constant preparation for something that never happens, and when you realize that, you have no fear of the unknown, and you live blissfully in a kind of fuzzy ambiguity. 

Call it faith!  A passion for the possible. I am full of it, and shooting from the hip that is to say,   having an adventure is something more but nothing less than bad planning.  When I cold-called for my first ship job, and got it after a 12 minute elevator pitch, I began to trust myself, and ONLY  when you trust yourself can you truly begin to live it up.


Intoxicating - but I swear to drunk I'm not God.On our way to Norway's
most famous waterfalls-Vøringsfossen 
But I'm not a sailor . Maybe a sailor  with a small s. 

Living on a ship,  however, might be summed up as monotony tinged with hysteria. It's not real life but an alibi. 

It  is like going out of your mind everyday- in order to come to your senses; and a fool who persists in his folly becomes wise. Afterall this foreign travel, I no longer want to cast doubt on perfection-America.  The Sea calls me saying “I can help you lose your baggage without going to the airport. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. I can see again!

Vøringsfossen (Video)

The mommy party (Democrats) "How can I help" verses the Daddy Party (Republicans)_ DIY-Do It yourself

There's nothing I wouldn't do for my country , and there's nothing it  wouldn't do for me. And that's the way we go through life - doing nothing for each other.  That's me ascribing to the Daddy Party.

Embracing the (expat)life I choose, .so much of it is about non-doing I have had  nothing to do and all day to do it. An accident of birth, being born in the USA,  I won the geographically-desirable-places-to-live-on-the-planet lottery, and have squandered my inheritance in the United States of Unconsciousness, a shared hallucination of "any place but here" and " the grass is greener". 

 I can truely have lived through direct experience this T S Eliot quote: "We shall not cease from exploration, / and the end of all our exploring / will be to arrive where we started / and know the place for the first time.”

The grass actually  is greener where you water it. Right now I am drinking from a Fire Hose!

Running On the rainy  chalk headlands in Southern England, in November.
 England has such amazing Coastline.Thegrass is pretty green HERE.

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On the Road To Shangra-LA
Wow What a Summer-Norway is a lot like pizza. When it's good, it's really good.
When it's bad, it's still pretty good; and like the Pizza Guy, the Viking landscapes always delivers.

If you only travel the places that everyone else is traveling, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe videos. Nature's living mirror, however is water---whether still or in motion,The most beautiful landscapes go  better with H 2 Ooooooooh!
Here are my top 7 videos that will make you want to book a cruise to Norway immediately:

The Happy go Locals don't tan, they rust, and if they smoke, they smoke salmon.The  cruisers who inhabit this place for 6  hours a day may have come on different ships, but they are all in the same boat-Mother Nature's.

"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean"-John Muir

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Holland is the number one cheese country of the world. Visiting  one of the most famous cheese markets and tasting the best cheeses was a delicious experience!
Smile and say CHEESE! How lucky-Today is the start of the Edam Cheese Festival.

Wooden shoe like to visit Holland? 

Cheese Festival

Born in Holland, raised worldwide

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"We shall not cease from exploration, / and the end of all our exploring / will be to arrive where we started / and know the place for the first time.” T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland

Norway is Alaska with Balls!

The first line sounds good but what about the rest, “and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time?” 

These are words that a 17 year old high school senior  can only accept in faith, having no travel or life experience yet to prove them true. 

Home, in fact, is a place you want to leave ASAP, and set out on a new course. There is something innately human about exploring.

The need to break free and sail away is ancient, enduring and incessant. Voyages trigger a concept called psychological distance: Something about the experience of leaving your place creates a shock and awe, a pathway into a new perspective that floods the brain with ideas. Neurons that wire together fire together. 

 For me, this shift in perspective starts as soon as I'm on a cruise ship . Ships are weirdly the most lucid part of my life. Every cruise I take somehow changes my life in some way. Norway has done it again.

 "The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea."-Karen Blixen (Out of Africa)

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Enjoying the spectacular and most famous waterfall in Norway, with a free fall of 145m, and a total fall of 182m. A great view from the Fossli Hotel.
The secret to a happy life is a happy wife, and also mother nature!
 High negative ion concentration gradi- ents are detected in the vicinity of the waterfalls.They affect the brain and our mood. Infact, Negative Ions Create Positive Vibes.

There is something in the air and while it may not be love, some say it's the next best thing -- negative ions. Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge. . They are created in nature as air molecules break apart due to sunlight, radiation, and moving air and water, like these waterfalls.

 The air circulating in the mountains and the beach is said to contain tens of thousands of negative ions.
Once these ions reach my bloodstream, they produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost  daytime energy.
What you believe is real will be real to you and its could just be that these places of power are just producing a natural high.

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Intoxicating - but I swear to drunk I'm not God.
On our way this morning to Norway's most famous waterfalls-Vøringsfossen - Måbødalen.

If Hollywood is loneliness beside the swimming pool, then Norway is  solitude by the fjords.

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 It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.
 Getting to the top is optional,
getting to the bottom -mandatory.

Too many rocks in the mountains.

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H2 OMG-Enriched by A  Wonderful Osmosis

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria. Unless of course you are in  Norway-- where meltwater  is useful,  humble, precious, and pure.The best wine may be the oldest, the best water, however, is  the newest. With cupped hands, drinking  melted glacier. It's pure inspiration. We're all downstream from hereWhat happens in Norway stays in Norway. Just add water.

Chasing the cascading waterfalls. They are everywhere. This kind of leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness, a divine Viking mystery- H20 and gravity. Norway is blessed with these glaciated valleys and fjords. This is the place of a thousand waterfalls.

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A citywalk in Ålesund.

"Which paddle do you want?" I'll  take either/ oar.

Summer is the nicest DAY in the whole year. Again, good weather!

 The beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, the unique streets make Ålesunds small town fishing village atmosphere a visual  postcard. Beautiful day here in Norway.

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Norwegian houses were historically painted red, yellow, or white. White is the most popular color, even these days. The color the owners chose depended mostly on what they could afford.

Red: The red color was the cheapest to produce. It was created by mixing ochre with cod liver oil (or other vegetable oils or animal oils). As a result, many buildings in farming lands or fishing areas where incomes were lower than average were mostly paint in red. This is why so many barns in the country side were traditionally painted red.

Yellow: The yellow color was a little more expensive than red and was also created by mixing ochre with cod liver oil.
White: White was the most luxurious of colors since it was the most expensive. In the old days the mineral zinc was needed to create white paint which was very expensive.

As a result, if one painted their house white they were showing their neighbours that they were wealthy.

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This sod roof just isn't cutting it.

Summer is the nicest DAY of the year around here.

 (*hint-lots of rain)

Norwegians have their own way of going green, and quite literally. For hundreds of years houses in Norway have been covered with turf. And they come in different varieties. Some are bright green and almost velvety. Others are golden and look like they’re growing wheat or oats.
The advantages of turf roofs (also called sod roofs) are many. They are very heavy, so they help to stabilize the house; they provide good insulation; and they are long-lasting. 

Turf roofs in Norway are a tradition and you I have seen them everywhere.