Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Getting close.....

I'm sitting here at my computer, all packed, and ready to go. I get picked up tomorrow by an airport limo and head out to fly to Seattle. I really hate long flights.... gives me a bit of a leg problem. It is tough to get fully excited until I am in Seattle and settled at the hotel. I arrive in Seattle at 6:45 pm tomorrow night. I hope the weather in Seattle will be warm enough for a tender flower like myself. I could really go for a little sunshine. It will be a tough commodity to come by in the next two weeks as we head to Japan. That reminds me, I edited the blog post tonight regarding the Grand Asia & Australia Voyage since our first port Petropavlovsk Russia has been dropped. I suspect it is because the Russians have been less that warm and welcoming to cruise ships recently. Check out the following from an article I found "Sun Princess departure blocked by Russian Navy "About 1600 Australian cruise ship passengers were forced to wait in a Russian port for five hours today, as local authorities took hours to make a series of passport inspections.The Sun Princess, which left Sydney on July 14 carrying 2000 passengers - mostly Australians - was held in the port of Petropavlovsk on Russia's east coast as the Russian navy checked and re-checked every passport.Fairfax Media understands the cruise ship was blocked from leaving the port by two naval frigates." "We were meant to leave at 4.30pm, but they didn't let us go until 9.30," one passenger, Ellie Fitz-Gerald from Sydney said."It was very frustrating. They came on to collect the passports at 5.30am - all they had to do was stamp them. But they took forever to process them. Some people couldn't even get off the boat because the authorities wouldn't give their passports back. They were just stuck on the boat. Then they insisted on checking them all again. The captain was furious." Oh well, I just hope I can survive the crossing of the Bering Sea once again without freezing to death.... This time I'll have about 10 days before we reach land instead of the normal week on the way to Petropavlovsk. Time to finish up around here before bed.... Getting close!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am excited about your new adventure, but also curious. I came upon your site on the last trip and absolutely love your pictures! But I wonder why you do this year round? This seems to be the adventure of a lifetime but it is very much your every day life. No offense but are you dying and spending the last of your time seeing and doing everything you ever dreamed of? Or are you just so rich that you have nothing better to do? Either way I am happy for you, dont get me wrong. It just seems lonely in spite of all the new and exciting people you do meet during the trips.

CINGULARONE said...

Jeff-

Happy voyages once again. Try to come up with a new phrase for tanning each day, see how many you can come up with.....

Sunny and hot in Orlando today -

Hope all is well-

Dennis

Jeff Farschman said...

Why do I do this year round? Because I love exploring the world and meeting new people. I believe in getting the most out of every day, living life to the fullest. We only have so much time on in this world. Even though I am still only in my 50s I see no reason to wait until I am too old to be able to do all the things that I want to see and do. I'm sorry that seems like such a lonely existence to you, whoever you may, be but I find it very enriching getting to know people from all walks of life from around the globe. Am I rich? Yes, rich in friends and blessed with an amazing life... Am I dying? Well eventually, I guess but not at this time as far as I know. I do believe in living each day as though you were dying. Live life to the fullest and appreciate each step along the way....

Jeff Farschman said...

Thanks Dennis. I just hope I find enough sunny days to keep my tan.....

Terry said...

Jeff-

Bon Voyage. Have a great trip and I will be following your postings yet again, shaking my head and saying wish I was there. Really liked your answer to anonymous....you are doing the very thing the rest of us wish we could... the heck with whomever that was!
Enjoy.....as I know you will. Thanks for the call.....it was great to hear you.

Terry

whitey said...

Hey lonely rich guy have a great time. I guess you will pick this up in Seatle during the rain showers. 10 days and no sun? Can e-mail a tan if you wish....

Have a good time bud and keep us posted.

PS: How old????? LOL

Ron and Glenda said...

Well since we have seen Petorpvlovsk twice it is probably enough. Who ever anonymous is should mind their own business. We will talk to the Sun Gods so your tan will not fade. See you Jan. 19, 2009

Lisa said...

Sunday in Seattle - 85 degrees
Monday in Seattle - 80 degrees
Tuesday in Seattle - 75 degrees
Today in Seattle - 70 degrees

I'll do my best to hold the weather at 70, but no promises.

You sure you don't want breakfast on Friday???