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Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: December 27, 2013

Cruising To Latin America

“How much is that multi-colored stone bracelet?” I inquired in San Jose del Cabos. “500 dollars,” the courteous Mexican Jeweler answered. “I only have 200 dollars, my winnings at Black Jack,” I said. “It’s a deal my amigo, said the Mexican Jeweler. I bargained down the jeweler $300 without knowing what I was doing.

Thus was the beginning of our two week cruise on the Infinity Ship, Celebrity Lines beginning in San Diego, California and touring the west coast of Mexico: Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta and then off to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala and Puntarenas, Costa Rica. We then crossed Panama from Colon to Panama City and we were no longer in the Pacific Ocean but in the Caribbean Sea. We traveled through the Panama Canal, a lifelong dream for Lorraine and I. Cartagena, Colombia was our last port of call, then two days at sea and back to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the USA.

I will relate briefly, each stop of our voyage to the best of my memory and ship information. We flew to San Diego in six and one half hours (no tail winds). We embarked on the ship after being searched and waiting in long lines. Our cabin was pleasantly decorated with a television, double bed, a window overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

First stop Cabo San Lucas, which is located at the land’s end tip of Baja, California. Baja is longer than the Italian Peninsula. We boarded a tour bus and we were whisked away to the lovely city of San Jose del Cabo. We toured many Jewelry shops who were patiently waiting for foreign touristas. We wound up in a bar/restaurant and were served pepperoni pizza and free dark or light Mexican beer. The hospitality was ingratiating. Now back to our ship and sailing with generously served meals and our daily game of Trivia.

After one day at sea, we were in Puerto Vallarta. The city itself was modern, but we ventured by bus to San Sebastian, one of Mexico’s last great treasures. Walking through cobblestone streets and plazas is not for the infirm or weak of heart. The main plaza has a life like statue of a miner with a pickax. The Sierra Madre Mountains were rich in gold and the Spanish Conquistadors took full advantage. A museum and coffee plantation was a worthwhile stop. Our lunch was exquisite, a large order of pasta, guacamole, hot sauce, meat and chicken served by beautiful senoritas. The dessert was a chocolate cake. Delicious.

The bus traveled over narrow, mountain roads that made me shiver in my seat, to look out the window. Our guide was a Mexican woman, Lucretzia who was enthusiastic and informative.

Back to the ship for two days at sea and hello Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Colonial Antigua is our destination.

Please join us.


Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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