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Lucky me! Like many others I am counting down, and looking forward to, my upcoming cruise vacation. Counting down means getting ready, means packing. Part of the process, part of the fun and if you are not careful, part of the stress. Iceland’s cruise season kicks off shortly with the arrival of CMV’s flag ship Magellan on March 6th, whilst I find myself musing topics such as brain freeze, formal dress codes and Iceland’s ever popular hot spring bathing opportunities…

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Sometimes life throws the most bizarre experiences at you. This is probably one of the weirdest and wackiest that I have experienced to date. It involves me finding my own underwear on the floor of a busy office following an evening watching one of mother nature’s greatest light shows – the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. But how did they get there?
Read on to uncover the mystery of the knickers found abandoned on the office floor…

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Everybody likes to be recognised for their hard work, and I am certainly no different to anyone else in this regard. Indeed I am delighted to share the news that tonight is the night that I shall attend the inaugural Wave Awards on behalf of Iceland Travel. An event that recognises excellence in the Cruise Industry and at which I shall be chewing my gel-lacqued finger nails to the quick in anticipation. Will we win? Won’t we win?
The suspense is already causing my heart to beat a little faster and is a timely reminder of my competitive (over) drive.
As the saying goes, ‘winners don’t wait for chances, they take them’

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Today is Bun Day in Iceland. And what sounds like an unassuming and kind of ‘nice’ start to the week, is actually an interesting and much loved Icelandic tradition involving children (legally) smacking their sleeping parents around with gaily decorated sticks, so as to be able to stuff their own little faces with as many cream filled buns as possible. Bun eating aside, did you ever get the opportunity to deal your parents a few hearty blows as they lay, gently sleeping, in preparation of the ’50 hour plus’ working week that lay ahead? No, me neither..

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Cuba holds the trophy when it comes to cigars, so for for those interested in learning more on the given subject, here comes a light hearted review on Havana’s growing cigar tourism. Featuring tours and tales of cigar factories, tobacco fields, mogotes and drying sheds. And not a bare thigh in sight!
But first, how about a quote from George Burns to kick us off..
“Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman – or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.”
Crack open the humidor and let’s get the party started!

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Do you remember a game called Chinese Whispers? I won’t bother you with the full blown rules of play, but they are along the lines of a group of people, sometimes children, sitting in a circle. A chosen ‘someone’ kicks off play by whispering a phrase or word to the person next to them. They, in turn, whisper what they perceive to have heard to the person next to them and ’round it goes. Today’s Flashback Friday features a story about an incident that took place several years ago on a tour bus during a city tour of Iceland’s Capital, Reykjavik. It involved me playing the part of a so called ‘whisper guide’ for a group of Chinese cruise passengers and, in light of the up coming Chinese New Year celebrations, I thought it a fitting tale to share with you this Flashback Friday.

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