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I love a rainy day. We live in the desert, and when desert storms begin there is a sweet odor of desert plants like creosote bushes that fill the air. Following a desert rain plants bloom, washes turn to little streams and long silent desert color begin to blossom almost immediately. So of course I love rain. There is no raining on my parade.
We are getting ready for our first transatlantic cruise on Azamara Club Cruises. We’ve been looking forward to this cruise for a while because it was going to give us an opportunity to visit places we’ve never been and revisit some places we really loved. We will even be reconnecting with friends we made on a previous journey. Anyone who knows me knows I’m an optimist. But lately I’ve had to try harder to not be worried. Originally, the cruise itinerary planned to visit the islands of Saint Maarten and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Due to the devastation caused by two hurricanes the islands have been removed from the ship’s itinerary. I am sad for the people on the islands living in very difficult circumstances with broken infrastructure and still dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster. We loved visiting the magnificent beaches of Saint Maarten and delighted in exploring old town San Juan. I can only hope that the islands recover quickly and pray for the lovely people we met on our last trip.
I don’t lose any sleep thinking about terrorists. Being vigilant, aware of my surroundings and hopeful is basically all anyone can do. I will not stay home, I will not be dissuaded from travel. I love meeting new people and exploring new cultures.
Our transatlantic journey leaves from Barcelona and has stops at Madeira, Portugal, Gibraltar and Bermuda. We visited Barcelona last year and fell in love with the gothic city. The food and wine were fabulous. It is such a walkable city with so many more treasure waiting for us to discover. Unfortunately, Barcelona has been the victim of terrorist activity recently. Currently half a million protesters are in the streets of Barcelona marching for a separate state of Catalonia, apart from Spain. Hopefully the protests remain peaceful. I am certain this cruise is not cursed. The trip will be a wonderful experience. However, I did read that there is concern about a tsunami hitting Madeira. I will continue to be optimistic.