Our Southeast Asia cruise is now in the past. We started in Tokyo and sailed to Vladivostok and Beijing before hitting the "Southeast" places. Fascinating people and places. In addition to Tokyo, we were in Osaka, Hiroshima, Hakata, and Okinawa. There was the one stop in Russia, where our ship had to break ice to get into the harbor. The sailing to and from Vladivostok was very very rough - something John and I tolerate well. We then went to Inchon, Korea and visited Seoul for a day. The Chinese ports included Beijing, Dalian, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. We did two ports in Viet Nam and two in Thailand (Bangkok and Koh Sumui), and the trip concluded in Singapore, which was hot and steamy.
We were amazed by how vertical so many of the cities are, what enormous populations the cities have (it's like Chicago is this small hick town), how friendly all people are, and how constantly present and aggressive souvenir sales people were. In Vung Tau, a rural area close to the Mekong Delta, we made five stops, and there was a fleet of salespeople that followed our bus on their motorcycles. It was a good trip, but I'm thrilled to be home. There's nothing like a tiny cruise ship room and bathroom to make me realize how palatial our house is!
This t-shirt quilt has nothing to do with this cruise but has a lot to do with John's frequent jazz cruises. The t-shirts in this picture were collected by Gwen Jobes, a woman John has known for over 10 years. She and her husband Winnie go on the same "Jazz Party at Sea" cruise that John does every year. Five years ago she sent me 3 t-shirts, and I used both the fronts and the backs for this wall hanging that she gave her husband for Christmas. 30" x 42"