Day 31…Circumventing the Australian continent…Seminar #2 this morning at 10:15…Devices we use…Logistics of world travel…

The ship has been decorated for Christmas and looks beautiful.

“Sighting on the Ship in Australia”

Another piece of art from the ship’s gallery.

Today, as we prepared the final details of our upcoming seminar, we thought it made sense to post the photos of the digital equipment we’ll be discussing during the presentation.

RFID (Radio Frequency ID) wallets which can’t be scanned with illegal devices in an attempt to steal identity.

RFID passport holder.

As a result, today’s post will include little verbiage and more photos.  By doing so, it will be convenient and expedient for Tom to bring up the photos as we describe each item.

Universal adapters.  Without these, we’ve have serious electrical issues.

Tomorrow, we’ll share details about the agenda covering the logistics of world travel with less emphasis on where we’ve been and what we’ve seen.  Also, we’ll include the response from our audience as to these topics which some may find less interesting than details of our travels.

Portable hot spot devices for various countries.  In many countries we haven’t needed to use these.  In others, they were our only means of Wi-Fi.  The two black devices top center may be used in many countries but often don’t work as well as each country’s own device.

However, its all a part of the experience for those who choose to experience traveling over the long haul.  Its not always as romantic and exciting as it may to be.

Flash drive, a must for the savvy traveler.

Our unlocked SIM card (mini or full size SIMs work) smart phones.

Our cruise is quickly winding down with only three days until we disembark the ship to make our way to the airport for our upcoming three month visit to Tasmania.

Collapsible camera tripod.

Portable canner.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more.  Please check back then!


Photo from one year ago today, November 30, 2015:

This is a popular snorkeling area in Savusavu, Fiji with considerable coral reefs.  For more photos, please click here.

Day 28…Circumventing the Australian continent…A fabulous seminar experience…

It had been a long time since I’d done a seminar.

“Sighting on the Ship in Australia”

Artistic renditions of square frames located on a stairwell.

I don’t know where to begin in describing our experiences in doing a seminar about our world travels on Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas.  With little time to prepare, we did our best in putting together an agenda we hoped would appeal to the 20 or so attendees we anticipated.

Note our talk scheduled at 11:15 am on today’s ship Compass program.

When the huge Colony Club began to fill with over 100 passengers minutes before we were to begin our talk, I found myself blissfully at ease in anticipation of presenting our story.  Tom, too, was comfortable and relaxed.

After all, it wasn’t as if we had to memorize anything.  We’ve lived it.  And to have the opportunity to share it in this group setting was an experience beyond out wildest dreams.

Tom chimed in on several occasions and did a fabulous job.

Not only were our new friends in attendance but also dozens of other passengers we’d met at various meals and activities.  Then, there were the dozens of others we’d never met who thought they might enjoy hearing our story. 

How humbled we were at the end when the applause was robust and enthusiastic.  Go figure.  Who knew this amazing experience would be added to our repertoire of extraordinary events in the lives of these two nomads content to live this obscure life on the move?

The seminar went better than we’d expected. 

Having expected a bit of nervousness when we started, I was pleasantly surprised at how the unscripted presentation flowed for both of us.  For us, it was not a lot different from our usual banter at the dinner table with eight or ten of us in the dining room.

I love the look on Tom’s face in this shot.

Tom ran the video portion of the presentation with ease, flipping through some of our posts that we thought might be most exciting to share.  With almost 1600 posts to date, it wasn’t easy to pick the choose the eight or so we choose to put on the screen. 

Tom managed the video presentation while I talked.  We were a good team.

After the question and answer period, dozens of people stayed behind to chat with us which continued well into the afternoon, resulting in today’s very late posting.  We apologize for the inconvenience in being so late today.

As soon as we were done, Kevin, the activities director who stayed during the presentation, asked if we’d be interested in doing a Part 2, before the ending of the cruise which occurs in six days.  Tomorrow, after giving it some thought, we’ll make a decision and post it here.

There were over 100 people in attendance at our seminar.

The ship is still rocking and rolling but we’re blissfully content, feeling very grateful and blessed for this new adventure.  Who knows what the future holds?
For now, we know we have the almost next two years of world travel planned as we look for more for the future.  Pinch me!  Life is good.


Photo from one year ago, November 28, 2015:

Ocean views never disappointed in Fiji.  For more details, please click here.