Capri & Anacapri

When we went to Naples a week or so ago my friend Keri Smith said that if I ever went back to go to the chair lift in Anacapri.  I kept that in the back of my mind, but figured I’d never go back.  Little did I know that on the second cruise and the last day we’d be going back!  As soon as I realized it we were going back I went to work researching how to get there.  My entire family was against me,

You’ll never have enough time to go.”

“It’ll be to expensive.”

“Nobody wants to go, why do you?”

I just smiled at them and continued with my research.  After working with our concierge, I learned how to get there (ferry boat and then bus ride) and about how much, roughly 50 euros.  Once I had the information my mom, Brandi and Alex quickly got on board.  The rest of the group was too scared to ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain. Wimps.

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We had no problem getting to the chairlift, it was the return trip that was more of a problem. 

We hopped right back on the bus and headed back toward Capri and these buses are full.  I mean, PACKED.  They stop loading the bus when the next person to get on decides its to full to climb on.  On the way back we got on mid-way through the line and I got shoved near the door.  It wasn’t that big of a deal until we got to the first stop and my arm caught in the door and got squished.  Oh.My.Gosh did it hurt.  The entire bus was yelling, “CLOSE THE DOOR HER ARM IS STUCK” in several languages but the driver either didn’t hear or didn’t care.  Luckily the door finally closed and I was able to get my arm out.

Not to long after my arm squishing the bus stopped again and the driver announced “Finished” and everyone got off the bus.  The four of us looked at each other and then down the cliff to the water below and new were NOT where we wanted to be.  It turns out that we got on the wrong bus and ended up in the actual town of Capri and not the marina area we were looking for.  It took us a few minutes to figure out where we were and how to get back to the marina to catch the ferry back to our cruise ship.  It didn’t take long before we were back on the bus heading down the hill.

Keri was right and this was an amazing place to visit.  Of all the beautiful stops along our Mediterranean Cruise I have to say this was the most beautiful.  I’d go back to Capri and Anacapri in a heartbeat.

Tonight is our last night on board.  Our bags are packed and are in the process of being picked up and prepped for disembarkation tomorrow morning.  It’s crazy to believe that are 24 day Mediterranean adventure is coming to an end and we’ll be home soon.  Time definitely flew and we definitely had a great time.

Next time I check-in I’ll be home.  Am I ready?  Yes and no.  Twelve hours ago I would have said no way when I was unpacked and in vacation mode; now that I am almost packed, my cupboard (the nickname of my bedroom) is bare and we’re talking flights home I’m beginning to be ready. 

Tomorrow morning we’ll disembark the Norwegian Jade about 8:30am and head the the Rome airport where will board a Delta flight to JFK and then onto Seattle.  Our journey home will begin at 8:30am in Rome (11:30pm on Friday in Seattle) and we will be home roughly 24 hours later as we land in Seattle about 11:30pm.  Tomorrow will be a LONG day, but I’m hopeful that both flights will have power plugs so we can keep our electronic devices charged and thanks to movies the time will fly.  Tomorrow at this time we’ll be well on our way home.

I’ll see you back in Seattle.

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At Sea, Again

As I write this I *think* we’re docked in Naples, Italy.  I didn’t realize we were arriving tonight, but we stopped moving and I heard murmuring from others saying we were.  Who knew!

Today was another laid back day.  Slept in (and we gained an hour, wahooo!) and then another typical day.  We did get family pictures taken before dinner and then visited the bridge viewing area to see what the captain does.

 

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Tomorrow (well I guess tonight too) we’re back in Naples for our second visit and going to Capri followed by going back to pack. Sad day, vacation is just about over. 

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Tax Day at Sea

That title is enough to make you vomit, yes me. taxes. at sea. Sounds like a fun combo right?

Sadly this year I didn’t take enough out and had to pay $609, first time in my life I’ve had to pay.  Anyway, I did my taxes about a month ago but didn’t want to pay until the last possible minute.  It was all done and all I had to do was log into the internet and hit submit.  Easy.  That has been my plan for the last month.  The whole thing should take less than 5 minutes. Easy. Peasy.

Back to today.

Today we were at sea so it was pretty lazy.  I slept in.  Played several games of Gin and Bananagrams.  Read a bit.  Had lunch. And amazingly didn’t take one single picture (therefor a photoless blog post, feel free to stop reading now if you’re only here for the photos!). 

After my leisurely morning I decided I needed to get to work and pay & submit my taxes.  I figured since it was still early morning in the USA, it should be very easy to log into TurboTax and hit submit.  The only thing in my way was the ships stupidly slow internet.

The ship uses satellite internet which is SUUUUUUUPPPPPEEEERRRRR SLLLLLOOOOOOWWWWWW, but I still went in to it with hopes that it would be fast.  I was wrong.  Very wrong.  And now extremely broke.  I’m not kidding, it took me THREE HOURS TO SUBMIT MY TAXES and at about .95c a minute it was painful in many ways. 

The good news is I have submitted my taxes according to TurboTax.  The bad news is I never got my email confirmation.  I’m *hoping* I just didn’t wait long enough for the email to come.  I guess I’ll need to confirm as soon as I get home, but for now I’m going to go with what the webpage said.

I’ll close tonight’s email with a joke, especially for Madeline Fish, maybe she’ll even include in her Monday EBC email (I can dream) and we’ll see if she actually reads my blog…

I have two goldfish at home.  One is named One and one is named Two.  That way if One dies I still have Two.

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Istanbul, Turkey – Day 2

This morning bright and early we set off for a tour of the Blue Mosque and then to the Grand Bazaar.  While the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar were really cool, I didn’t take many photos, I think I’m beginning to be tired of taking pictures.  I’m already on my second memory card after filling…

Istanbul, Turkey – Day 1

We arrived in Istanbul, Turkey about 1pm today so the day started out pretty lazy which was good because I stayed up way to late last night.  After going to the show in the Stardust Theater, then watching one movie with Brandi, I watched a second one on my own and then read for an…

Ephesus

This morning we docked in Kusadasi, Turkey and got a taxi to head to Ephesus, about 40 minutes from the boat.  We did this tour completely on our own, got our own taxi, bought a book outside of the Ephesus and my mom played tour guide to the best of her ability as she pointed…

The Acropolis and Parthenon

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Olympia, Greece

I went to bed last night thinking that today we were going to see the Acropolis in Athens, only to find out this morning we were going to see the original Olympic stadium ruins.  Not that I’m complaining, just was confused!  Like I say every night it was pretty darn amazing to be walking through…

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