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Making headway to Florianópolis

USA | Friday, 16 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [31]

August 15th 2019  Moods change like the weather -while touring, the weather and the moods are even more unpredictable it seems. It’s getting warmer and that helps. We also took a little shortcut on a gentle dirt road in a most beautiful ... Read more >


There will be days like this....(heading east from Iguaçu to Florianópolis)

USA | Friday, 16 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [27]

....when we keep going and going and don’t seem to be able to find a right place for the night...and we keep going some more...another uphill..way too steep with pot holes to balance around and trucks to avoid ..another downhill ...there is a village ... Read more >


Photos: Tokyo

JAPAN | Thursday, 15 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Photo Gallery


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Tokyo National Museum

JAPAN | Thursday, 15 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [30]

AFTER 32 DAYS ABOARD, HALF OF THEM AT SEA — plus the 3 weeks aboard in April —Maasdam felt almost like home, not that we would know what that "home" is.  Still, we gladly hopped on the train from Yokohama to Tokyo’s Ueno Station ... Read more >


A Safe Harbor

JAPAN | Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [18]

THE CAPTAIN INFORMED US THAT OUR VISIT to Hakadote would be an abbreviated one; 9AM until 3PM instead of the scheduled 10PM departure.  It looked like Krosa would hit Tokyo early on the 14 th and he wanted the Maasdam tied up and battened ... Read more >


Otaru

JAPAN | Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [23]

WE HAVE LEFT BOTH RUSSIA AND FRANCISCO BEHIND but it seems we are heading into another, much stronger typhoon, Krosa by name.  As we cruise towards our ports on the island of Hokkaido, the captain’s reports of 12 meter seas and 100+ km winds ... Read more >


Photos: Brazil

USA | Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Photo Gallery


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Argentina/Brazil...Iguazu Falls with all the trimmings.

USA | Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [47]

August 4th 2019. The reward is in the pudding....something like that. It was a long ways coming with a few minor “speed bumps” and here we are in one of the most stunning part of nature the world has seen.  We just about ... Read more >


Vladivostok and Korsakov

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Saturday, 10 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [18]

FRANCISCO, THE TYPHOON THAT HAS BEEN CHASING us all week through the Sea of Japan, seems to be gaining on us.  As if that’s not enough North Korea, just 200 miles away, recently launched a missile into the Sea and I have to wonder what the ... Read more >


Kanazawa

JAPAN | Tuesday, 6 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [22]

SOMETHING ABOUT THE SHORE EXCURSIONS IN KANAZAWA seemed familiar.  So we checked back in our journals and, yes, we had been here five years earlier.  In 2014 I wrote in the first “vagabonds:”        ... Read more >