Rhodes and AIDA — The Colossus and the Colossal

We’re nearing the end of our cruise of the Aegean and Black Seas. We are all a little weepy. We could go on and on and on with the cruise. We’ve heard rumors of an 80-day cruise, and we’re seriously considering it…until we come to our senses, remembering that we sort of have jobs. There […]

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Samos — Almost Turkey

Our boat from the hills above the Old Town of SamosJust to prove that I have other qualities besides adorableness, I’m going to gloat a bit now about my sense of geography. Or maybe my sense of intuition. You decide. I’ve just come back from the AIDA breakfast buffet with my usual quark and fruit […]

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City Hopping — Odessa, Ukraine

The port of OdessaThe first thing you’ll notice about Odessa if you reach the city from the port is that it’s industrial; the second thing you’ll notice is the Potemkin Stairs. The third thing you’ll notice if you choose to take the funicular instead of walking up the 192 steps–lazy–is that they don’t take euros […]

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Back from Black

I have washed six loads of clothes, uploaded 799 photos, watered 47 very angry plants, restored two email accounts to working order (after Google decided that I was suspicious)–and my back is killing me. I need vacation. Already my tan is fading. As always, my students will ask me tomorrow night if I’ve been on […]

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Travel Essay Contest — Entry 19

I Must Be Off! is having its first annual Travel Essay Contest. Each entry will appear at first without byline or bio. These will be added at the end of the contest. As you enjoy these travel essays from around the world, please feel free to comment; but if you offer criticism, remember to be […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 8

Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín” — the Symbol of Tenerife and the Canary IslandsWe’ve survived the high seas. Overnight, we have sailed into the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where our journey began. We have eaten our last meal on the ship and we have seen our last show. We have trod–now we’re getting […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 7

The Green ‘lake’ at Il Golfo (not a volcano)”Volcanoes,” I say and before Alexander the Pool Shark can ask what I mean by this, I say, “Volcanoes” again. I really want to see an active volcano. I’ve seen lots of volcanoes, and yes obviously–if you’ve noticed my picture in the header of I Must Be […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 6

While I’m fairly certain “Fuerteventura” means “Strong Fortune,” I think it may also mean “Big Piles of Rocks.” Since the bus tour on La Palma was so expensive, Alexander the Pool Shark and I have decided to rent a car to explore the island. “There is only one problem,” he says as we’re setting out […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 5

ErrrrrrrrrrrHave I ever told you about my first trip to Gran Canaria (or “Great Island of Dogs”? Probably not. It wasn’t a pleasant trip. It was one of those cheap holidays that turned out to be a bit more expensive than we’d planned. Here’s how it went: “I don’t think we can park here,” I […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 4

I don’t usually eat breakfast. I think this habit started 30 years ago when, unaware that I had Celiac Disease, I ate bread for breakfast and then suffered nausea and bloating all day. I’m perfectly happy to have my coffee and then have lunch at around 1:00p.m. I’ve made an exception for the AIDA Sol. […]

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