While I was growing up in Highland Park, Illinois, I’d occasionally walk a few blocks east to Lake Michigan. In the spring and fall, the beach offered peace and solitude from my everyday world. I would watch the waves ripple toward the sandy beach from an unknown place. Sometimes ferocious whitecaps would pound the land and submerge the sand under the water.
Even though I couldn’t see the Michigan shoreline, I knew it was on the other side of the lake. Twentieth century maps provided concrete evidence that the water didn’t go on indefinitely. I couldn’t fathom a time when parts of the world remained uncharted or when people believed the world was flat.
As a middle aged woman, I traveled on the Celebrity Cruise ship Infinity from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile. I was eager to get a sampling of South America on this two-week, 4500+ mile cruise. Based on previous sailings, I knew that my cruise experience would be like a smorgasbord. I would taste a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Read More