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Alaska’s first city

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Ketchikan, also known as the salmon capital of the world, has a population of over 8000 people. Every summer the city is hosting almost 1 million tourists, mostly from the cruise chips.

Things not to miss in Ketchikan:

* The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show – a popular tourist attraction that has skilled performers in activities like log-rolling and tree climbing.

* Totem Heritage Center – with it’s collection of 19th century totem poles being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

* Blueberry Arts Festival – where thousands of residents and visitors gather for blueberry-themed events like blueberry lunch, slug race, pie-eating contest, beard and mustache contest or battle of the bands. What’s more cute about this festival its that it concludes with a fishermen’s poetry slam and Gigglefeet Dance Festival on the last day.

* The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center – highlights the Tongass National Forrest and Misty Fjords National Monument, both of which cover most of the southern Southeast Alaska.

Fun place to visit and amazing people to meet.

 

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Alaska – Bear Country

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If I haven’t told you until now, my second favorite place (except Europe) is Alaska.

Not only the beautiful landscapes that I caught your attention with, but also the healthy air, the clean streets, the people, the wildlife and the unique activities like whale watching, hiking and backpacking experiences, walking on the glaciers or just enjoying the Alaskan craft beer.

But going back to the bears… They have been in Alaska for centuries. A lot of the bears live here but surprisingly very few people ever see bears; even fewer people are ever threatened by a bear. This is because most bears tend to avoid people.

Bears are curious, intelligent and potentially dangerous to other animals, but when people are unreasonably fearful, both bears and people are endangered.

If you choose to go hiking in the mountains of Alaska, you also choose to risk the possibility of encountering a bear. To reduce these chances, follow these simple advices:

* stay on the trail and in groups.

* do not leave your pack unattended at any point along the trail.

* when ready to leave camp, take a visual sweep to ensure that no garbage food or personal belongings are left behind for bears.

* hiking at dawn may increase your chances of meeting a bear. Use extra caution in bushy areas, berry patches or where trails round a bend.

* bears have extremely good hearing so be loud and make a variety of noises.

* usually, bears will not approach a group around a campfire, but if it’s sensing the smell of food or garbage they may come while campers are sleeping. Cook away from your tent and keep a clean camp packing all your garbage.

* if you do see a bear, talk to it calmly and remain still; help the bear recognize you. If he doesn’t and he comes closer to sniff your odor, he is usually curious, not threatening.

* never imitate bear sounds or do high-pitches sounds, never scream or make a sudden movement; these may trigger an attack.

* back away slowly if the bear is not moving. Never run or climb trees, they will win in both.

* if you are attacked by a grizzly or a brown bear, leave your pack and PLAY DEAD. Spread your legs to make it hard for the bear to turn you over. Remain still until the bear leaves the area. If he starts eating you, hit the bear in the face with whatever you have at hand.

* if you are attacked by a black bear, DO NOT PLAY DEAD. Try to escape to a secure place such as a car or a building. If this is not possible, fight back using anything available aiming at the bears face.

Most bear encounters end without injury, BUT each of those encounters are unique and there is no single strategy that will work in all situations.

Your safety depends on how good you are in calming the bear 🙂

 

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Somehow I made it back

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Hello world!

It’s nice to be back on land and have time to write again.

It’s been two years since I started to travel. What to say, nevertheless the places I visited were amazing and I will do my best to try and describe the most beautiful cities I’ve been to and what filled my heart with joy in this adventure that I had.

So I’m preparing some articles about the Alaskan landscape; I hope you will enjoy.

But for now, enjoy this scaly-naped amazon parrot that we found in the port in Colombia.

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Wish you were here

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Long time no see, but despite that so many things happened since I last wrote on this blog… I feel like I have nothing much to say.

To resume… I went back home in vacation and now I came back to the ship. And after one month and a half here, I miss home a lot. Now I feel it stronger. But let’s start with the good stuff.

The Caribbean was nice and I enjoyed it very much, but Alaska is AMAZING! Really… uau… Places like Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Heines, Seward and of course Vancouver are awesome. Because the people here are awesome. Very polite, clean, friendly, warm, interesting and full of energy! From the To Do List here we checked hiking in Juneau, barbeque in Heines, travelling across the White Pass in Skagway and eating Chinese food in Seward. For the next weeks we are planning to go whale watching and visit the ice cave in Juneau, barbeque in Heines (yes, again), hiking in Skagway and flying over the glaciers, doesn’t matter where. A lot of fun stuff to do here. And we still have nice weather too

Which reminds me that all I see in my facebook news feed are pictures and check-ins at the sea side…. Am I a little bit jealous? 😛 My dear friends… wish you were here … I’ll keep you posted soon, I promise!

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Can I kiss you?

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Can I kiss you?

You can tie me up, look me in the eyes and fuck me really hard. Take me away in the room upstairs and start unzipping my dress from the hallway. I don’t even want to make it to the bed, the floor is just fine right now.

Can I kiss you?”

You were looking straight into my eyes but talking from a mile away. Come next to me, put your warm body over mine and possess my devils from inside. Hell yes, kiss me, but kiss me good, from top to bottom, make me shiver and leave red traces of love on my pale skin.

How sweet and devilish it was when you asked me “Can I kiss you?” …

I just wanted you to put your arms around me and melt my whole body and heart. I would even beg for it if you wanted me to. Beg on my knees, with your tie wrapped around my eyes and waiting for your mercy. I’m filled with desire. Only one touch, one soft touch of yours on my body and I have already goosebumps all over.

Can I kiss you?”

Baby, you can do whatever you want to me. My bed, my body and my soul are always hungry for you. It only takes that look of yours, one whisper, couple of heavy touches on my neck, my breasts, my stomach, my pussy … and I’m ready for the next round of pleasure. Let us die a hundred times…

Just keep in mind the quote I showed you. It doesn’t have to be soft. We’ll make it hard.

I don’t make love. I fuck… hard.”

 

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What’s going on lately

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When I first arrived to the ship, I was sure that the team I meet will be here until the end of the contract but this is far from true. They start leaving one by one… like my first-never-to-forget roommate Krastina… or the best supervisors EVER … Erika and Robert… or one of the loveliest guys ever existing oh ships – Jonathan… You have these amazing times and one day they leave you. Of course it’s not their fault, it’s the end of their contract and they have to go home but it just feels wrong. And it’s sad.

Ha ha, but the memories will live forever, like… We have different functions here on ship, besides doing the everyday job we have crew member stuff to do. Krastina and me used to be stairway guides on deck 3 where all the lifeboats are, so when the emergency drill was ongoing we had to guide all of the passengers to their lifeboat, just to show them what to do in case something happens. Picture this one: hundreds of people come from all decks of the ship. Me and Krastina standing by the elevators and yelling : “Even numbers this side!! Odd numbers that side!!” … like really there, very firm and convincing, it’s an emergency!!! But the passengers don’t take this seriously and they come to the drill like they’re going walking; one of them even asked where are the uneaven numbers. Would you make jokes in case of real emergency? Not to be mean or something, but more than half of them won’t be really ok if the real thing happens.

So seeing them like this, we started to make jokes as well. “Are you ready?” “Yes. You? This side or that side first?” “This side.” (and screaming together…) “Even numbers this side!! Odd numbers that side!!” The passengers were laughing like crazy. Krastina, if you’re reading this… I miss you, bitch!!

Time to go to sleep now, I don’t have any interesting news to tell. Maybe tomorrow.

ps. 67 days till the ship enters dry dock and I come home. Ieeeeei !!

To my best friends

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I’ve never missed you so much in my life. Because you were always there, I assumed we’ll always be together, in the same “there”. Now it feels like one finger from my hand got chopped off… Did you get it, did you get it, did you get it? 🙂

Oh, let me interrupt this program to give special thanks to Andrei for keeping this blog alive. Did you notice that moodoptimize.me is live again? Andreeeeeeei, thank you so so much!

Before I continue to thank my friends for the incredible moment’s we’ve had ( and hopefully, we’ll still have them…), I’ll tell you how I woke up this morning.

Me: zzZZzzzz….

Cabin alarm: Beeeeeep Beeeeeeep Beeeeeeeep. Man overboard. Man overboard. Man overboard. All emergency teams report at their station. All passengers please remain calm as our crew members are taking care of this situation. This is a drill.

So… they couldn’t start with “This is a drill”, but scare the shit out of me with “MAN OVERBOARD”.

This cruise we have a charter of people called “Inspiration”, they’re a religious group and are walking around the ship with t-shirts “Mercy me at sea”. The funny part is that now they are 650 people, but in the previous year were more so they were paying the casino for the whole cruise not to be opened and the casino staff wasn’t working, the tables and the slots were closed and covered and if the Inspiration people were meeting casino staff somewhere on the ship they were telling them that they’re the Devil and stuff like that.

I started the countdown for my vacation at home. Today are 74 days left and 10 more cruises.

I’d like to thank my best friends for a wonderful 2014, my best last year at home; I’ll miss the trips I was having with Double D’s, the long days we were spending at the mall, the funny times at cinema, the crazy sick jokes that only us were understanding…. the surprise parties I was preparing with Carmencita, Consu and Adi… the love flavored coffee I drank with Daria and Miha, the biking nights in the park with Adi, the sarcastic funny challenging conversations with Mari…

ps. the ship is moving like crazy because it’s so windy and we have some problems with the engines. We’ll arrive 4 hours later tomorrow in San Juan.

Did I tell you I missed the ship in San Juan? I’ll leave that one for another time 🙂 See ya!

 

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