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Sunday Salon: June 11, 2023


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz hosts The Sunday Salon. 

My flights home from NY went super smoothly (yay!). Sunday I had dinner with one of my former colleagues. She lived in Spain until recently so it was great to see her in person.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were a bit of a frenzy while I tried to get all my regular life stuff done (caught up after being gone 10 days, work, etc) and get ready for my next trip. While the planning of 3 trips (San Diego, NY, and Alaska) sounded good, I do wish I'd had more time at home in between. But this current trip was one where I had a Viking voucher from 3 years ago that was expiring so I didn't have much choice but to do it.
We spent a day in a half in Vancouver, which is a great city. We walked around Gastown, the old section (this is a steam-powered clock in the phot above) and visited the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen gardens and Chinatown.

Friday afternoon my mom and I headed to our Viking ship and set sail for Alaska! Our ship left port 3 hours late so by the time we sailed it was almost dark and we didn't see much of the beautiful Vancouver coastline. Upon awakening Saturday we did get to see some stunning scenery as we sailed between the mainland and Vancouver island, but by the afternoon of day 1, out on the open ocean, it was cloudy and choppy. We did however, see one spout and the tip of a dorsal fin (not much, but I am clinging to it!).

Sunday we docked in Kitchikan, Alaska and had time in the morning to wander around town: a ton of jewelry and tourist shops, 2 Christmas in Alaska shops, and a few bars. Oh, and 6 cruise ships! I did like how the downtown is built out over the ocean. After lunch we visited Potlach Park, one of the largest collections of totem poles. It was super interesting to learn the history, the stories behind poles, see how they are made, etc. Sunday night we played trivia (and did poorly, but teamed up with a nice couple from Houston, Texas).

The wi fi on board our ship is fairly limiting so I cannot upload any photos. I'll include them as soon as I get better reception. Today we're in Wrangell, Alaska so we'll see what this town holds for us.

My book group met on Monday night to discuss Amor Towles' Rules of Civility. I had it on audio and just couldn't finish it. It was good, but perhaps not the right time for me? My book group members thought it was good though we had a long discussion about class and east coast vs west coast attitudes. On our cruise I met a woman who is good friends with Amor Towles!

Here is is the current state of my 2023 challenges. At this point, I am counting individual books for multiple categories in each challenge, but I'll replace them with other books throughout the year.

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