Location: Toronto, Canada
Ok ok ok, I know I've been slacking but give me a break, I just got back late last night. I have to post my pictures from Argentina and from the Destiny so give me a week or two and I'll have everyone up to date with all my travels. Keep checking in on this page or I'll let you know when there's something new and exciteing but I think it's time to stay home for a while. Don't get me wrong, I still have the travel bug and I will till the day I die but some good home time is well needed. Talk to you all in a bit.
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Home Sweet Home!
Finally home and Im loving it! Its so great to sleep in my own bed, eat my moms food and best of all be with family and friends. I almost died when I saw how big Teresa and Nicoles bellys got but its fantastic! Its the most amazing thing to see a life grow inside of someone whos so important to you. Im only home for a few days and then Im off to Argentina with my sister but it will only be for 2 weeks. My birthday was on Saturday and what a fantastic night. It was just how I wanted, drinks, music and the people who are important to me right by my side. I know that sounded lame so dont get me wrong, it was a disaster of a night. Call the ruki police cause we was crunk! There was barfing and inappropriate make outs, flips, dancing, goose, short shorts and 40 empanadas. The only way to end an amazing evening. Ill put pictures up for you but nothing to get excited about. The night was so good that we only remembered to take photos before we got out of hand. After a few jaggers and the goose there was no cameras in sight and Im thinking that was a good thing. There was only one thing missing from my birthday this year and that was all the great friends I had to leave behind on the ship. I miss you all and you were there in spirit. Or should I say spirits cause thats what I was drinking for you all night!!!!!! Other than that its been chillin time back home. The snow is in full effect but everyone keeps telling me its not that bad. I guess after you miss 2 winters everything feels cold. It does look really beautiful though. I had 9 loads of laundry and now that its all done I have to pack all over again. Its going to be nice to just stay home for a while once I get back. I had my first Monday night dinner since I got back and it was everything I remembered. Great company, delicious food, arguments, laughs, the funniest and cutest kids around and of course full bellys.
I hate that Ill have to miss 2 Monday's again but I look forward to being around on a regular basis again. Im telling you these kids melt your hearts and make you pee your pants at the same time. From Nickys sweet face and hugs, to Alana telling me she missed me SO MUCH, to Jacobs beyond adult sense of humour. When I asked him if he got good gifts for Christmas he answered me, Oh boy did I ever! The night couldnt have been better. Thats it on the home front for now but my last few days in Miami were definitely adventurous. My original plan was to sign off the Freedom, spend 2 days in South Beach and fly home. I hadnt seen my friend on another ship in a long time so we decided that I would cruise as a guest on his ship cause it only does a 4 day run. So the plan changed to 2 days in South Beach still, 4 days on the Fascination and then I would fly home on the 22nd. That happened, just not how I expected it to. I know what youre thinking already, always an adventure with Dia. Well its true, nothing ever goes as planned in my world but in the end everything turned out ok. When I went to sign off the ship on Saturday morning immigration didnt want to let me. I started to panic but thanks to my fantastic boss he figured out a way to get me off the ship. I had to vessel transfer to the ship I was going to anyways on Monday. So my sister surprised me in South Beach and we had a great weekend minus the weather. Then Monday morning I joined the Fascination as a crew member but only for 4 days. It was very funny cause everyone was confused. I worked a little bit to help out where I could but otherwise I was just cruising. I spent some time with my friend Francesco and Natalia and then I came home Friday night to my mothers fantastic food and company. Ill post some pictures from my sisters visit and from the other ship too so you can see all the fun we had. Thats it for now and Ill try and post some stuff from Argentina otherwise check back in 2 weeks for another update.
Since Im home, now I can really say, see you soon!
Location: Toronto, Canada
Well I managed to get the rest of the photos up there until my last day on the ship. They're not in the right order but at least you can see everything. I don't have much time to write about all the stories but the photos should speak for themselves. My last week on the ship was great. Marcus came to visit so it was fun but I got sick as a dog. I lost my voice and was in the infirmary a lot but I managed. Poor Marcus had to party some night with the crew cause I was stuck in bed but I don't think he minded. Sarah's B-day was a disaster in it's own. I think we ran that disco. There must have been more crew members than guests. St. Marten was supposed to be a beach day which it was just minus the sun. It rained like crazy so we took the drinking approach. That day was probably one of the best days off the ship. My going away bash was a surprise but not just for me. Everyone who planned it didn't think I would show up so drunk that I could hardly stay for an hour. I ended up in my bed, passed out till someone woke me up for the Valentines Day party. It was all in good fun and I miss everyone so much. Hope you all enjoy the photos and there are a few more to come from South Beach.
Location: Miami, USA
Sorry guys, I thought I would have more time to upload some photos today but time have run out. I need to go for lunch with Ronaldo and then to pick up Marcus. You might have to wait another week for more. See you all on the 22nd!!!!
Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Im Coming Home!
Yes you are reading correctly, Im coming home!!!!! I told you all I would be home before you knew it and I was right. The 2 week countdown has begun. Ill be back in Toronto on February 18th so just in time for my birthday. Get ready for a good party weekend cause my birthday actually falls on a Saturday for once. No excuses, everyone has to come out
..well except for Teet but well have our own party! Ive been having fun at all the islands and enjoying my last few stops. Ill spend the weekend in South Beach again like last time and then Ill fly home on Monday. Im trying to think if Ive missed any story updates for you guys but Im so excited to come home that I dont even think anything else matters. Ill let the photos speak for themselves cause really it was just some crunk and crazy party nights. My friend Fiona left last Saturday which was really sad but since Im leaving soon its not so bad cause we can see each other soon again Im sure. Me, Krysta and Gabri went to Playa del Carmen this Monday and it was fantastic. We had the perfect day filled with good food, weather, beach, music, and best of all good company. I decided Im going to go to Argentina with my sister when I get home for our birthdays so I think Ill be leaving again February 28th for a few weeks but dont worry Ill be back. Ill still post pictures and stories about that trip too for everyone.
So I think thats it on my end. This will probably be my last update until maybe February 16th so take care everyone and now I can really say See you soon!
Location: St. Thomas, USA
Ok so I lied! At least I tried to get everything up by today.
I really tried hard guys but the internet isn't fast enough today and it's time to get back to work. I'm almost all caught up though, we're only missing a few pics from my sister's trip and new years so for sure within a week it'll all be up and I'll have some new stories for you. Love you all and miss you more than you know :) Hugs ooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Location: at sea, Caribbean
SO MUCH TO CATCH UP ON!
First off I would love to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I know it is long overdue but thats just ship life. You lose track of time and dates and forget almost everything. I guess like they always say, better late then never. I hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday. I had a wonderful x-mas with sister and Paula and I know most of you wont believe this but I WASNT sick! If you know me, thats amazing for the holidays. But surprise, surprise, Im sick now. Figures it was going to happen sooner or later. Ive been doing all the right stuff though and its almost gone in under a week. So I know Ive been slacking with the photos and the updates but I managed to get a few more photos up on Wednesday and I think Ill have you guys up to date by Monday or Wednesday the latest. Now, without taking up to much of your time I will try to bring everyone up to date. Lets start with my fantastic visit from my sister. She arrived here a little bit in space cause of a long day of travel and no sleep from work deadlines but by the 3rd day she was right into it. Im sure my teeny tiny cabin and all the crazy people I work with shocked her but by the end of the week everyone knew her, she was like crew and she didnt want to leave. By the way T, if youre reading this the gang says hello and they miss you! We had a week of fun, sleep, no sleep, IBS, to much food, booze and sun! What more could you ask for? Our day in Cozumel was spent swimming with the dolphins, building sand snow men on the beach with crew and a wonderful x-mas eve dinner with almost 30 friends from the ship. A typical Italian x-mas, surrounded by tons of people. Our sea days were spent trying to find each other on the ship, T watching me work, big dinners in the dining room and super club, crew bar drinks, shows and drunken piano bar/disco nights. She even got to experience an entertainment corridor party with munchies and vodka soaked gummy worms. In Grand Cayman we swam with the sting rays and met this cool guy named J from England. We spent the rest of the day with him, Paula and Karel on 7 mile beach soaking up the rays and swimming in the ocean. Our Jamaica day was spent river tubing down white river and then to the beach with Sergio for some last minute sun. If anyone has seen my sis since shes been back Im sure youll think shes still white but believe me, she got some great sun. We were all sad to see her go, especially me, and tried to convince her to stay for new years but really I cant complain. My first x-mas away from home in 27 years and I didnt have to spend it alone. Thanks T! As for new years, what a night! I never thought I would enjoy it so much but it was defiantly a party. Because were in different time zones sometimes we actually got to do 3 new years celebrations. Live concert, New York ball drop and our own balloon drop and all. It was good times, good company and good memories. To top it all off, that week was Paulas last week on board and we got to spend a fantastic new years together. The end of that week was very sad having to part with Paula once again but when you have something like Paula and I do you know its never goodbye just see you soon. Since then its just been the regular crew parties in the disco but still loads of fun. I took Mathia and Fiona to Cancun with me last Monday to see Marcella, Robert and the kids. We almost missed the ship coming back, yes again, but the day was well worth it. Fiona and Mathia had never been to Cancun before so they had a blast and I loved seeing Luca and Erica again. We had lunch together, spent time in the pool and ocean (with my new underwater camera!), made sand castle and then some ice cream at La Isla and it was time to come back to Cozumel to catch the ship. Mathia left this Saturday for Italy so it was sad to see him go but Fiona and I will keep in touch with him. Anyways, Im sure Ill have some new crazy stories for you over the next few weeks because James and Fiona leave soon and well be having some definite fun before they go. Im off to bed with my sick roommate Carly, as we try to nurse ourselves back to health. Hug to all of you and heres to a great 2008!
Location: San Juan, USA
Its Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas!!!
Well hello again everyone. It hasnt been that long but a lot has happened. The ship is buzzing with holiday cheer and weve already done all our Menorah celebrations and 2 x-mas shows. Paula has 3 weeks left on the ship so weve been spending as much time as we can together but with our schedules its hard sometimes. And its official now, Paula has a man. It was on the DL for a while but shes out with it now and hes wonderful. He surprises her all the time with fun stuff and activities which are great and shitty at the same time. Well only shitty for me cause Im a selfish friend. He takes up a lot of her time and hes signing her off the ship early cause hes taking her on a trip around the world. I know, pretty amazing eh! Im SO happy for her because shes been waiting for something like this for a while and she deserves it. Hes planning something amazing for her birthday so I wont get to spend it with her this week but I will have x-mas with her. Speaking of x-mas, I might get the best gift ever for being away from home
.. My sister Tania might come for the week!!!! I managed to score a great deal and if I can find a flight thats affordable and works for her well be spending x-mas together!!!!!
Since the last time I wrote theres been crew parties backstage, Noortjes B-day, James B-day, my first time eating at the super club, a new tattoo and party after party. Just to much to write about in detail but Ive posted tons of photos from all the new stuff and wrote a little bit beside them. Ok fine youre right, I can skip over the other stuff but not my new tattoo!!! Its beautiful! For those of you who know me really well youll know what it is before I even tell you cause Ive been wanting it forever. For everyone else, its a seahorse underneath my arm pit. Paula wanted to get a new tattoo and we wanted to get it together so she got a tribal design on her foot and I got my seahorse. We did it this Monday in Cozumel. Its still healing but you can see from the pictures how great they both are. Hope you all enjoy what Ive been up to. Ill post some x-mas photos as well so you can see our ship décor and how I decorated my room. Just to give you a heads up, James b-day got out of hand along with the backstage party so the pictures should make you laugh. And in case you didnt know or cant tell James plays for the other team which made the night even funnier and easier to plan. Paulas b-day is Dec 20th so I should have a few more updates and photos for you next week as well.
I miss everyone SOOOOO much and I cant wait to see you all soon. Sorry about the no x-mas cards and gifts this year but Im watching the $$$$ and to be honest I forgot all my addresses back home. Id love to see some pictures of the snow even thought I dont really miss it so if anyone can email me some Id appreciate it. Off to San Juan tonight and hopefully drinking some wonderful Mojitos with mofongo!