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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Updated: Jan 30, 2023


Not sure anyone will see this post in anything close to a timely matter, because the ship’s Internet is down. We are supposed to be getting a new system in about a week. Hopefully, things will improve.

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Even with managing to get off the ship on the first tender yesterday, it was after 3 p.m. before we could meet up with our driver/tour guide. However, we hit the jackpot. The man we were fortunate to find the last minute was terrific in every way. He is a native of Easter Island, but lived in the States for ten years. His English is perfect, and his knowledge about Easter Island is huge.


There are now 7000 residents on the island. Tomas probably knows just about everyone and everyone knows him. We did our own thing for about four hours, and comparing what others did on Seabourn tours, we saw more and did better than anyone else.


Easter Island is one of the great wonders of the world, but touring is not easy. Many passengers are staying on the ship today and resting. We are meeting our guide at 8:30 a.m and spending the entire day with him. This place is the kind of port Barbara just adores. She learns a huge amount, gets a lot of exercise and takes advantage of everything Easter Island has to offer. I stayed in the car sometimes or just walked part way when necessary to see a particularly worthwhile sight.


It was very hot yesterday. Today, it is also expected to be hot with some rain so it will be extremely humid. These conditions will in no manner detract from Barbara’s having another great day. Remember, “happy wife, happy life”.


The security on the island is very strict. It took about 20 minutes just to purchase tickets to enter the park. Those tickets, by the way, are $80 U.S. Dollars, each payable in cash. When coming to Easter Island, as they say in some parts of the world,”prepare your pockets”. It is very expensive.

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We cancelled dinner last night at Keller’s, but had a pleasant evening having something to eat in one of the less fancy places. Barbara is not seen often, but when she is, most everyone likes her and wants to know when we can get together. There are a few people who have made it clear they hve no interest in us and that is fine.


Usually, it is my Wife who senses these things, but on this cruise, so far at least, I have been the one meeting many more fellow passengers. I have told my Wife “forget it” and now as she meets these people, she has confirmed that they could not care less about knowing us in any meaningful way. As Socrates or Aristotle, said (I cannot always remember who said what) “fuck them”.


Granddaughter Harper was accepted yesterday at the University of Maryland. Congratulations! Now she has two good choices with, I think, others to come.

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I really have no idea what happened in the world yesterday and I will probably know less about today.

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See you tomorrow. At least that is my plan.

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Go Ukraine.

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