For the first time in almost a decade, I was able to swim outside in February this past weekend on my Disney cruise. Heavy winter coats and scarves were replaced by sundresses and flip flops and the desire to go indoors to somewhere warm as soon as possible was replaced by wanting to stay outside and bask in the warmth of the sun all the while gazing up at the beautiful bright blue skies (ugly, drab gray skies are the norm in Pittsburgh during the winter).
And the reminder of all reminders to let me know that my blissful weekend getaway in the warm Caribbean was really over? Temperatures in the low 20s (F) that felt even colder with the wind chill and yet another snow storm last night that added about another four some inches on top of the snow that was already on the ground.
A Disney cruise is always a great time. You can see why they are continually ranked as being one of the top cruise lines. The only bad part of the cruise was regarding cameras…I decided to take a “break” from my large and bulky DSLR camera this weekend and instead just bring my point and shoot one since its magnitudes smaller and lighter. Well, it’s not the greatest camera to use for some interior shots and to make matters worse, the battery ended up dying (I had fully charged it before leaving) so on our last meal I alternated between taking photos with an underwater disposable camera I had bought for a snorkeling activity and D’s smartphone. The lesson that I learned here? Man up and deal with carting the DSLR camera.
Stay tuned for a slew of posts and (some somewhat mediocre) photos in the coming days!
Julie is a travel and food blogger who lives in Pittsburgh. Travel is her greatest love but when she’s not traveling the world, she’s either testing out a new recipe in the kitchen or playing the part of foodie in Pittsburgh. She also recently published her first novel, The Tears of Yesteryear, a work of historical fiction set in Pittsburgh at the turn of the last century.
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