Solbit’s Around the World Trip in Four Photos

Dear Nicalai,

I’m just not fair to myself.  I’ve given myself only four (that’s 1, 2, 3, 4) photos to give you a look back at our 14-month around the world trip.  It’s just not fair.  I need to give myself at least one photo a month (that’s 14 photos), but you’d go off to play soccer or read a book before you got to my number 5. So, four photos it is.

Remember this one from our time in New Zealand?  Here’s my scariest moment …

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If I weren’t plastic, I would have wet my pants when I ran into this Maori Warrior. [Photo from: Kiwi Vista Scenic Collection; http://www.kiwivista.co.nz]

Fortunately, his scary face was only a pose, and he turned out to be a wonderful man with a jolly sense of humor.  Papa says, “Solbit, there’s a lesson in that, if you take time to think about it.”  Maybe, but I’m too busy right now and don’t have the time to think about it.

Oh, here’s a really good one.  Remember my special shower at our Tokyo AirBnB?

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Girl, this toilet had every gizmo. Look at that control panel!

That shower was THE perfect size for me, right there on the toilet top!  We’ve never seen one like that since Tokyo.

Now, think about the color orange.  That’s me and the Buddhist monk in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Remember that, when Nick and Luke and our aunts and uncles came to visit us in December?

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Don’t you think that our color, orange, invites a calm and yet strong presence?

Oh, no, I’m down to my last photo, and I’ve only just gotten started!  I just have to close my eyes and pick one photo.  OK, here it is …

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As co-pilot, I knew absolutely nothing about airplanes or flying — other than that both scared me. Fortunately, our pilot knew exactly what he was doing.

Remember when I didn’t want to get into that little airplane in Zanzibar? I said it looked like a toy and refused to get in it.  Then I overcame my fear and had the thrill of a lifetime helping to fly the plane all the way to Arusha.  Uncle Ian is a pilot, so he knows what I mean.

Well, that’s my four photos for our 14 month around the world trip.  If you ever want to see more, just ask me, because I have thousands of photos.  (Nona helps me to keep them in our iPhoto library.  She’s really organized.  Papa, not so much.)

Nona and Papa told me that our traveling days are not over.  They say that we’ll spend 8 months traveling in South America in 2016.  I’ve never been to South America, so I have something to look forward to, and I’ll write to you about that trip too.  For now, I’ll just tell you about our upcoming travels in the US and Canada.  Yeah, we’re already off on another trip.  Gotta go.  Bye!

I’m your friend.

Love,

Solbit

November 2014

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

Solbit Asks, “Is That All There Is?”

Dear Nicalai,

Our cruise ship just docked at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  We’re back in the USA!

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Papa loved the ports of call, because he could get off the cruise ship. He wasn’t always the first one off, but he tried to be.

Papa said, “Well, Nona, put Solbit back into your purse, we have to get our bags, hop in a taxi, and run to the airport.”

I said, “Oh, no, Papa!”  He looked at me with concern, “What? You don’t want to get into Nona’s purse?”  I answered, “Papa, I like riding in Nona’s purse, but I don’t want our around-the-world trip to be over. I’d start crying right now, if only I weren’t a plastic Jurassic. Is that all there is?”

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Parting is such sweet sorrow, and I didn’t want to leave our beautiful cruise ship, but our cruise had ended, our around the world trip had finished, and I hated to have it end. End it did, in Nona’s purse pocket.

Nona held me up to her face.  She brushed the top of my tiny red head (Oh, yeah girl, I’m a red head.) She explained, “Solbit, our around-the-world trip is over now, but our flight this morning will take us to Washington, DC. So, no, that’s not all there is for you.” I asked her, “You mean that I’m going to get to see those big monuments and that big domed government building. What’s it called?”

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This big domed building has a name, The Capitol, and it is in the capital of the USA. The wind was strong the day I took this photo.

“You’re talking about the Capitol, that’s the big government building. Yes, you’ll get to see it and walk all around it, too.”  Oh, boy, we’ll be in an another new (for me) city tonight! That would be Washington, DC, the nation’s capital with it’s Capitol!

On our flight this morning, I’m going to try to remember all my favorites from our around the world trip.  I’ll collect them all and let you know what they are. I guess my next letter to you be from there.  Bye, we’re off to see the Wizards of Washington.

I’m your friend.

Love,

Solbit

November 2014

*New reader? Get oriented below.

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

Solbit Ponders, “To Cruise or Not to Cruise, That Is The Question”

Dear Nicalai,

Our cruise ship just arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, after 14 days sailing.  I’ll always remember this day, Monday, November the 10th, but not because we arrived.  No. I’ll remember it for Nona and Papa’s “discussion” about whether to ever take another cruise ship trip.  Their verdict is in:  Yes (that would be Nona) and No (that would be Papa).  I’ve never seen them so divided on something as they are on this cruise ship question.

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We all agree that the Celebrity Equinox is a very big, very comfortable, and very well run cruise ship.

Can you believe it, they haven’t even asked my opinion?  They’re so wrapped up in their “discussion.”  Nona is saying, “… but I like meeting people, having supper with them, getting to have a conversation every night.”  Papa’s saying, “I like having supper every night, yes, but I’m an introvert.  What’s so much fun about meeting a new couple every night?”

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I took this photo of (from left to right) Papa, Nona, Peter, and Nurit. Pretty good composition, huh? In focus too.

Nona says, “The food preparation and choices on the ship were really the best we’ve had on our around-the-world trip, right?”  Papa replied, “Yes, the chefs, the cooks, and the servers are terrific, if what you want is good food and good service, then take the cruise ship, by all means.”

Nona says, “…and playing bocce on the lawn every day was great fun, wasn’t it?”  Papa retorted, “Yes, but I didn’t get to ride my bike every day.  I miss my bike rides.”

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Papa rides on top of his recumbent bike, and that’s quite a balancing act, isn’t it?

Nona says, “…I’d certainly consider another cruise if it saved us travel money and jet lag, like this cruise did.”  Papa answered, “If I never take another cruise ship trip, it’ll be too soon.” You know what, I don’t think they will “meet in the middle” on this question.

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Some people think, “She’s just a plastic Jurassic. What does she know?” Well, I know things and have opinions too.

Let me tell you what I think.  I’ve pondered the question, “To cruise or not to cruise.”  I’ve listened to Nona’s view, and I’ve heard Papa’s, too.  Also, I actually have had the experience of 14 days on our Trans-Atlantic cruise.  So, I think I’m qualified to have an opinion, don’t you?

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When we docked at Ft. Lauderdale, the rain had just stopped. I know. I looked out the window to check.

Here’s what I think.  Some people like taking cruise ships.  Some people don’t.  Some people can afford to take a cruise.  Some people cannot.  Cruise ship trips are not for everyone, and that’s ok, but, if Nona decides to take another cruise, I’m going with her, and Papa can stay home with his bicycle.

That’s my opinion.  What’s yours?

I’m your friend.

Love,

Solbit

November 2014

*New reader? Get oriented below.

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

Solbit Asks, “Would you call that color ‘Cruise Ship Green?’”

Dear Nicalai,

The waiter had only just delivered Papa’s supper entree, when Papa stood up, wobbled a bit, said, “You’ll have to excuse me,” and hurried out of our cruise ship’s Silhouette Restaurant.  Nona, and the other couple at the table, Nancy and Willy, looked at each other and wondered what was that all about.

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Despite the calm sea, Papa got hit by a BIG wave of seasickness.

 

I asked them, “Would you call that color on Papa ‘“Cruise Ship Green?”  You see, I thought I knew right away what that was all about. Remember, I told you he turns green when he gets seasick.  Oh, boy, was he ever.

You might think the cruise has been terrible for us, because of that seasick episode or because of the terrible ship’s cold that Papa and Nona caught, but you’d be wrong.  We’ve been having a great time, especially me!

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When he wasn’t seasick, Papa played a pretty good game of bean bag toss–right next to the real lawn, with real crickets, where he and Nona played bocce.

 

Lounging by the pool in the sun room and reading or napping was a favorite activity.

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Here’s a rare instance when Papa wasn’t napping on the lounge chair. That’s Nona’s favorite place to edit photos and draft blog posts.

 

The cruise ship has a real lawn (with real crickets! girl, they are loud at night) on its top deck.  Nona and Papa played bocce up there with Matt from Idaho and Werner from Toronto.

What did I do?  I enjoyed just looking out to the open sea.  I could sit and stare out to sea for hours and not get tired of it.  Of course, being a plastic Jurassic has it’s advantages; I don’t get seasick like Papa.  In fact, I don’t get seasick at all.  So I can watch the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down and never have to run for the toilet. (I think that when Papa edits that last sentence he might get seasick, but I’m leaving it in.)

I’m your friend.

Love,

Solbit

November 2014

*New reader? Get oriented below.

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”