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About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at SaintExpedite@frozenheads.net

Disco Boat

The Superfast VI is a hybrid – part car ferry, part entry-level cruise ship. The garage portion of the ship as it is called carries semi trucks hauling trailers and passengers cars, mostly the former.  Then there are passenger cabins … Continue reading

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St. Andrew’s Basilica, Patras

I’m on the Superfast VI ferry travelling between Patras and Ancona, Italy on the Adriatic. I booked a four-berth outside cabin and have lucked out as there are no other passengers in it. Having the four passenger cabin to myself … Continue reading

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No One Wants Vietnamese Currency

I left Vietnam with several hundred thousand in that country’s currency, the dong, tucked in my bag. At $4.80 per 100,000 dong, this is no big deal but I have periodically tried to unload it, without success. Most recently the … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in Patras

I had several fine, inexpensive meals in Athens, most memorably at a family-run restaurant in the Plaka section, just below the Acropolis. While I was there the staff was somewhat frantically preparing for a private dinner party for 60 people … Continue reading

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Athens Without Drachma

Having my pocket picked on the Athens Metro, and visiting the Acropolis. Continue reading

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The Grand Bazaar

On my last day in town I visited the Istanbul Archeological Museums. It is probably a bad idea to visit a museum when you face a deadline for checking out of your hotel and an afternoon flight. These things distracted … Continue reading

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