Gone Cruisin’

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve been busy arranging two back-to-back, spur-of-the-moment, trips to Bermuda and the Caribbean. And, thus, my temporary disappearance. The thing is we decided to move (back) to Asia by year end. So these are perhaps our last trips in North America in the foreseeable future. Just thinking about it, I miss the States already. Looking at the bright side though, there will be more adventures in Asia awaiting me.

The next couple of weeks, I’ll be swimming, snorkeling, and lounging in Bermuda, followed by cruisin’ the Caribbean sea and island hopping. It will be NY – Bermuda – NY – San Juan, Puerto Rico – St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – Barbados – St Lucia – St Kitts – St Maarten – San Juan, Puerto Rico – NY. The internet will be exorbitantly expensive on the ship @ 55 cents a minute! So I will be offline and disappear for a big while.

Let me end this post with one of my favorite Beach Boys’ songs, Kokomo.

Bodies in the sand 
Tropical drink melting in your hand 
We’ll be falling in love 
To the rhythm of a steel drum band 
Down in Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take ya 
To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama 
Key Largo, Montego baby why don’t we go 
Down to Kokomo 
We’ll get there fast 
And then we’ll take it slow 
That’s where we wanna go 
Way down to Kokomo…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ChADh1zt5I

Fairbanks Part I: Salmon Bake, Santa Claus and Aurora Express

Everything under the Alaskan Sun

Chapter 2

From Denali National Park, Fairbanks is another 135 miles further north. Read about Denali NP here. Our first stop was Gold Dredge No. 8 Tour. We walked in to find out that it had been fully booked that afternoon. I didn’t realize this tour was popular and made a mistake by ‘not’ making an advanced reservation. We were lucky to be able to book ourselves for the next day.

North Pole and Santa Claus House

After that, we went to a small town called North Pole, Alaska. It’s only 15 miles from downtown Fairbanks. The main attraction here is the Santa Claus House.


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Denali National Park, Alaska

Hello, I’m back from the great land of Alaska. (Alaska or Alyeska means ‘the great land’ in Yupik.) If you read my previous post, you’d know how hectic it was to plan a summer trip to Alaska only 2 weeks beforehand. But in the end, everything went all very well, except that we didn’t get to take a flightseeing tour with our B&B host. But that was nothing compared to the richness of experiences we had during the 2-week vacation. Alaska is now simply ranked among my most memorable trips so far.

In this travelogue “Everything Under the Alaskan Sun“, I’ll take you to Denali, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, Whittier, Girdwood, Seward and, of course, Anchorage. So come along and join the ride!

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Chapter 1

After one stopover and 10+ hours later, we finally arrived Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at midnight. The time difference between Alaska and the East Coast is 4 hours, so it was basically 4 A.M. for me, and I was dying to go to bed. Outside was raining and cold. After half an hour of waiting, we boarded the shuttle bus to Embassy Suites. The hotel is ranked #1 in Anchorage on TripAdvisor. The room is nice and spacious with a large living room and working space. The breakfast was also very good.


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