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I didn't burn this bridge
There is no YES in Yesterday and the one day that nothing can be done is someday. I turned the slogan Just Do It in to Just Done It.Swish....

Here are 10 Cruises (And Destinations) I had to go on before I died:

Venice-Gondola Dreams And Acqua Alta (High Water)
Dubai- Strange But Awesome

Alaska The Great Land-Action Plan 

Santorini, Greece

Let The Orinoco Flow

Maldives, Islands

Consciousness Is Wireless

 Bora Bora

Tahiti-Stopover In Paradise

 The Fjords of Norway

Mother Nature and Father Time Are Effin Special

 The Fjords of New Zealand

Milford Sound-Are We There Yet?

Full World Cruise

L.A.To London in 110 Days

The Oasis Of The Seas

Game Changer- The Ship IS the destination. Remarkable. This  225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger colossus that cost Royal Caribbean $1.4 billion. 

 It only ends once-anything before that is just progress
Too much cruise ship? Quantity is its own kind of quality.


 Honorable Mention-The Hawaiian Islands
1994-My First Ship -
A Rust Bucket- SS Constitution(a glorified ferry) with a lot of heart
known  as "American Hawaii Cruises"

The Hawaiian Islands

This Is Your Brain On Travel

Dubai 2014
The roads of life have twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same.When I see the symbolic meaning of camels, the sacred animal and ship of the desert, I see journey(ing) and transport(ing) . Their essence is of long-distance travel. It's no secret the camel can endure days in scorching hot deserts while transporting precious cargo and whole tribes across great distances.
Travel can alter perceptions and may even rewire your brain. Novelty and unique one-of-a-kind experiences raise dopamine levels, the chemical in your head that gives you optimism, curiosity and creativity.

This gift of pure attention is harder to achieve when your brain is ON French Fries--the default American mode, when your "chi" or energy is Velcro for negative experiences, but Teflon for positive ones.

State It Then Create It 

Before you can take your path you must live it in thought.

My thought makes me travel and create archives of experience and expectation where I incinerate negativity and have a mindfulness of pure attention, without advice, without judgments-When I'm traveling, I am what I am right there and like some Starfleet Commander- I endorse Captain Kirk's recommended policy of non-interference with the internal development of alien civilizations. I must say, some of these places I visit, at least on the surface, look a bit like Mars. 

Freedom is what you do to what has been done to you-even if what has been done is being born in America, the cultural equivalent of the geographically-desirable-places-to-live-on-the-planet lottery. So why squander your inheritance and live in The United States of Unconsciousness.

Wired Verses Tired-Grey Matters

The Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road but Neurons That Wire Together Fire Together and the best way to predict the future is to INVENT it. There is no absolute grid  I  live in where things occur independent of my  own thinking about them. In the 70's The ME Generation was Old school selfishness--- I am the center of the world. That's tired. My New Wor(l)d Order says, I create the world...and more importantly my thoughts do too. Change your thoughts, change your world. That's Wired Thinking. 

The 3 P's-Practice.Practice. Practice. 

The hardest arithmetic I've had to master is the one which enables me to count my blessings. It requires a long apprenticeship (Think Gladwell's 10,000 Hours of practice rule or 10 years) Cruising around the world, provides a legitimate short cut for taking things with gratitude instead of for granted.

Despite the spectacular sceneries and itineraries. The universe is in our head,and not out there separate from us. In actuality, a world of our own making. We are co-creators of our world, and we can effect that world and the world of others, even at a distance.What the bleep? Read more HERE
The Persistence Of Norway

As the brain changes the mind changes, in practical terms  each time you repeat a particular thought or action, and "use your marbles", you strengthen the connection between a set of brain cells or neurons. 

Consequently, neurons that wire apart fire apart, and different thoughts create different pathways-.It has been over 60 days "vacation"  from blue ocean cruising and the urge to sail  remains.   How do I explain this  habit: Use it or lose it.

Traveling = f(dopamine flow); Money= happiness

"Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy travel and new experiences, which is kinda the same thing" 

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. 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.

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

The actual cruise  might be four days or a week, the anticipation of   Norwegian Fjords cruise, for instance was months  and the memory will probably  last for years or forever. So, while I   focus  on the joy of the doing the cruise  there is  joy or anticipation and the joy of  THE memory of it all the time.

Rudyard Kipling wrote "Milford Sound  is the eighth wonder of the world.".  National Geographic Traveler Magazine  selected Norway as  The Top Natural Tourist Attraction in the World. After visiting both, Norway in 2010, and New Zealand in 2011, I didn't need a second chance for 2012 SE Alaska Fjords to make a first impression--It has brought me back  again to a  place I have never been before...

I used to think working on cruise ships was bad, but I stopped thinking- I guess I have ship for brains!

You are HERE. Travel with ME...

The experiences at sea turned my can’t into cans and leveraged my Adventures (which was nothing more than bad planning) into serendipity a thousand unseen helping hands of  allies, synchronicity, and the Michelangelo effect

Awe Is What Moves Me Forward
Find Out What You Love. Let It Kill You So You Can be Born Again

Serendipity- You Will Be Helped By Hidden Hands

An I For An Island- There Is Life After Luau

Life at (20+32) in Fiji 

 Two Roads Appeared-I Got Lost

The cave you fear holds the  treasure you seek.

The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed.

REAL travel writing is about leading an interesting life and having a good time. It’s less about where you go and more about  who you go with or end up meeting along the way.  Being who you are and doing what you like when you like where you like.  Being There.

To live like a travel writer is better than to write about it. Travel by proxy, OPT Other People’s Thoughts, is not OPE, Other People’s Experiences. It’s not even OPM, Other People’s Money. The currency is DIY, Doing It Yourself and that is priceless. In fact Free is the radical price you pay for your own Personal travel of this sort. Sure there is the details of cost. Cost is what you pay but value is what you get. You can walk the painted line and do the Aristocratic grand tour of the world, the one in the Travel by proxy books, or you can go your own way- it’s more messy.

I went to Paris and ate a croissant and had an espresso at a cafe- What does that mean to you?  It’s not what we call something that gives it its substance.You can’t get  fed from the word croissant.  You can’t read about this stuff, you must undergo it. It’s a transitory ephemeral and capricious. Take a bite. The Mystics call this One Taste, like all the oceans, the salt has one taste. How inappropriate to call this place Planet Earth because it is surely all ocean, both literally and figuratively.

Life at (20+33)in Australia 
Everything transient has a calculus of its time within itself.  As I   pick up the pieces of the mathematical dust  created by PT (permanent travel)  and connect the dots of these “mini-retirements, the hardest arithmetic to do is counting my blessings, a  French word from blessure, which means “wound.” So, a blessing always has a dark side to it.

I am location neutral, untethered, unmoored, never dropping anchor too long;  one of an ever growing number of  the privileged homeless, where home is a feeling not a place.
Cruising hasn’t solved my problems (situations), it subsidizes them in a movable feast.

 Doing the math, from Zero to Infinity:

5-2=7. I am doing less yet   BEING   more. because the fewer  activities I  DO the  higher the value I can generate for  them. I am  one of the new rich-time affluent  geeks with beacoup bandwidth  of mobility and individualism.
The Have And The Have Yachts U.A.E. 

1+1=infinity. Motion creates an emotional algebra where environment creates mood. Tomorrow may be the busiest day of the week, but the future is already here, and evenly distributed. It can come from nowhere else but the energies of the psyche.

 2+2 = 5.  Is the fuzzy logic in the superstition of materialism, that shared hallucination that says you MUST  purchase freedom in a two week vacation.

Freedom is free. It is not for sale. The Secret is about results, flow is about process rather than achievement. The Law OF Attraction is misstated. I  don’t  attract what I  want. I attract what I am. All the  "happy" accidents, seem uncoordinated when they happen, fooled by the randomness, in reverse, seem  more orderly, plotted out by a fiction writer.

Sailing   around the world, provides   a legitimate short cut for taking things with gratitude instead of for granted. My Adventures ,which are  nothing more than bad planning, more often than not, turn  into synchronicity--- being in the right place at the right time.  Graced moments and a strong dose of magic lift the spirit and remind you that you are on the right path. The experiences at sea have  turned my can’t into cans and leveraged my dreams into Serendipity-You Will Be Helped By Hidden Hands.

RETURN Sea Change- 20,000 Leagues Inside My Brain

The meaning of life- I Got One-the meaning of life is about the experience of realizing that your dreams have come true. That your make-believe world has become REAL.

Digital narcissism and singing my praises-me,me,me,me,me are over.  No self/no enemy. When you get out of the way, you get more sublime.  But you have to be a SOMEbody before you can be this NObody. Slaying the inner dragons of monoculture is easy compared to slaying the dragon of ones own holding on to the self.

It’s time to give credit where and when credit is due. The most extraordinary aspects of my being didn't come from me. The spark(s) of epiphanies that I occasionally get are less about being a genius  and more about having a genie---Making  Wishes.

My Sea Life as an Accidental Sailor , based on a true story is downright paranormal. How the hell did I get here? Whatever talent I possess(ed)  is  most def on loan from some deity, some unimaginable source and force for some exquisite portion of  time, to be passed on when I am finished.

Showing Up. Being T/Here is 99%. But that other 1% is the difference between   lightening and a lightening bug  If you build it, you will leave- Fear is for folks who don't get out very much. Outdoors Is In!

"When you define me, you negate me'--so let me tell my own idiosyncratic story. My autobiography gives dignity and meaning to me and the universe.

I'm beginning to think that maybe it's not just how much I love being at sea. Maybe what matters is who I am when I’m  doing it. I’m my best self.   Character is doing what’s right when no one is looking. 

All of ones problems come from the inability to spend time quietly alone in ones "room".
As much as I detest   the travel (sometimes) —I love the writing and the introspection—the virtuous delights of organizing a disorganized country, itinerary or culture, and comparing it to my state of mind at that moment , stripping away the inessential and the second-rate, classifying all that remains in neat, terse blog posts, building a solid foundation with the bricks that these ports of call and at sea have thrown at me. Every blog post is an act of love and contribution. There is freedom to live in the wisdom and power to serve others and share the ecstasy of stepping into another world and not just do the ordinary day-to-day things but being a magical helper, continuing The Souls High Adventure - An I For An Island- There Is  Life After Luau

All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time - namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987)
Thanks to Bill Moyers, and  Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Doubleday editor, whose interest in the ideas of Joseph Campbell was the prime mover in the publication of The Power of Myth.


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Steamboats Come True

Life on the Mississippi (1883) is a powerful narrative by Mark Twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Miss R. before the U.S. Civil War, recounting his trip along The River from St. Louis to New Orleans.

Twain writes with both sincerity &irreverence, as in this lament--- 
"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."

My  own restlessness requests "Anyplace but here" and " I want to be surprised" can be summed up with this quip---

 "All I do know or feel, is, that I am wild with impatience to move, move – Move!"

Twain speak close to my  heart on what’s important for adventures and  travel seekers with this quote---

2008 Flooding on the Mississippi River
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

The river calls me saying “I can help you lose your baggage without going to the airport"

Ernest Hemingway said, 

":Don't travel with people you don't love" 

Mark Twain value adds as-

"I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them."

I'll never forget this Twain brilliancy-"The Coldest Winter he ever spent in his life, was a Summer in San Francisco."

In my blog, Hotel @nyware,  I often use Twain's quotes to inspire me to further writing.
 For Instance

"Go To heaven for the climate and hell for the company". 

  • Liking  many people spontaneously and without effort is probably  my  greatest of all sources of personal happiness.

    • I am  inspired because of my travels, I think, therefore, that I should write some more about them. Sometimes I see what I see and other times I see what I came to see. Yet Sailing on a cruise ship is like granola. Take away all the fruits and the nuts and all you have left are the flakes . 

        The gravity of  travel is that it can be expensive  and   living on earth and doing nothing still gets each of us a round trip around the sun. The earth school kills all of its students, and procrastination is just suicide on the installment plan- 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. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake anyway.Read more HERE

    Twain voyaged to South Africa and beyond.  In fact this quote inspired another blog post of mine when I was in the Indian Ocean on my 2011 World Cruise.

    My own version of "Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World by Mark Twain"

    "You gather the idea that Mauritius was created first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius". Mark Twain
    Read more HERE

    Rolling down the river makes me think of John Fogerty and Proud Mary- and its playing on the radio too now-cool. for real, as I drive back to St Louis. Another catchy tune is from his revival album, The River Is Waiting

    I must do a revision of 

    9 Cruises I had To Go On Before I Died

    Traveling on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee Snake, Columbia Rivers are  now on my bucket list.

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    Project Go Blue
     When you sail on a cruise ship  around the world for over a year, as I did in 2011, you start to borrow happiness from tomorrow; not because there is anything wrong with it, but because you will never have had such experiences like this, and the nostalgia-the suffering of remembering the past-will always be part of your future thoughts.

    You can only recognize what you already know, and nobody can do it for you-you have to undergo this kind of traveling, where time is measured in moments rather than hours, the eternal present and just now; and days of the week are ports of call- Monday is Copenhagen, Wednesday, Amsterdam, and the longest day of the week is someday: because if you are a permanent traveler, there is always one more place to go.

    There is an economics law of diminishing returns where less is more, but in fact, more is more-more life, more switch, more yes. 1+1= Infinity and traveling together is better than eating alone, but if you want to travel fast, you have to do it alone, and no one can do it for you.

    I miss standing in line listening to the most entitled coffee drinkers
     and obnoxious Starbucks orders!
    Quad, Nonfat, One-Pump, No-Whip, Mocha
    Chai Tea Latte, 3 Pump, Skim Milk, Lite Water, No Foam,
     Extra Hot Tall Nonfat Latte, 2 Percent Foam...2%?
    ced, Half Caff, Ristretto, Venti, 4-Pump, Sugar Free, Cinnamon, Dolce Soy Skinny

    An I for an Island, losing my self is the best revenge and living well is too. The definitions that teachers, tests, family and friends place upon me were scripted. I was not going to get anywhere by being a good example-In fact, no one ever has. I tore up my contract of reality-Home would be a feeling not a place.

     And  some simple rules: 1. Do what you want 2. If it doesn't serve you get rid of it-that means no longer living in “debt both material stuff and psychological thoughts. 3.  Be kind and show love to everyone. After all, it is all cultural, there is no right or wrong regarding food choices, language, and social mores-it just is.

    Today in Cozumel
    A change brought about by the sea---I haven’t known what day of the week it is for 6 months. Before that, the daze of the week become countries .Let me slip into something more comfortable, like a comma, No I am on a ship. Here are some other strange innuendos of meaning that are contained within "cruise club" culture: Arriving at a new country usually consists of finding the free wifi and taking a bath is considered a luxury You talk about how to spend your "hours off" not "days off". You have to turn on the tv to see the weather outside. When you’re in the real world you stop yourself from saying hello to random people walking past you. Living on a ship however, might be summed up as monotony tinged with hysteria, but you can get drunk for $5. Working less than 10 hours is considered to be "an easy day"You’ve just spent a 13-hour day with the same people, so you go to dinner and happily spend the rest of the night with them.

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    On the 25th anniversary of  the ExxonMobil Valdez oil spill, we have our own environmental disaster here in the harbor, after a ship crashed into a barge. The port is still closed while the USCG assesses the situation. Nice view from Deck 5 Helicopter Pad. I don't expect us getting out of of here soon--Operation Keep Your Fingers Crossed- is still ongoing.
    A view of The Port  from The Heliport

    Update: 3/27/14--We are about to set sail-All cleared and it's very cold-looking forward to some sunshine
    The Hotel Galvaz

    Welcome to The Hotel @nyware/Galveston

     Such a lovely place Such a lovely face  Plenty of room at the hotel California. Any time of year, you can find it here.

    Well I was born in the sign of water, and it's there that I feel the best

    I used to think that spending too much time on a cruise ship was bad so I stopped thinking. Two  songs that inspired me to sail are -Cool Change ,a top 40 Aussie hit, and The Blues Image's, Ride Captain Ride.

    "If there's one thing in my life that's missing It's the time that I spend alone Sailing on the cool and bright clear water There's lots of those friendly people They're showing me ways to go But I never want to lose their inspiration Time for a cool change I know that it's time for a cool change And I know that my life is so pre-arranged I know that it's time for a cool change .Well I was born in the sign of water And it's there that I feel my best" -Little River Band

    "Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco Bay Rolled off of their ship, and here's what they had to say "We're callin' everyone to ride along to another shore We can laugh our lives away and be free once more. Ride, captain ride upon your mystery ship Be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip On your way to a world that others might have missed"-Blues Image

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    Royals'-Navigator and Freedom of the Seas Passengers debarking

    I am an AmeriCAN not an AmeriCAN’T

    And you are MEXICANS

    It s nice to know that I can  STILL pay for things in a currency that no longer exists-the US Dollar. Not as pretty as Cabo San Lucas  on the Pacific Ocean in the sea of Cortez, still Cozumel has a Carib-Los Angeles vibe-In fact it’s like going through one of the barrios off the Harbor Freeway 110 or the 105, without the traffic and Los Angry Cars. I would have liked to work in this beautiful tourist trap-Forgetaboutit -expats. Locals are able  to fill tourism  jobs in the region. There is a leveled playing field here in Cozumel.

    An endangered species: The expat
    They speak Money  here as the first language and money is not the key to happiness, but the happy go locals  figure  if  they  have enough money, they  can have a key made. English is their second language They get it that It’s no longer  a pain in the English to speak da language --There is No Egg in Eggplant, No Ham in Hamburger, No Pine or Apple in Pineapple. You park your car in a driveway and drive your car on a parkway, Double Negatives Are A No-No. Cool.

    Paying for things in a currency that no longer exist$-the US Dollar, I ask myself, "am I better off than I was 4 Trillion dollars ago? " In Mexico, the answer is, Yes!