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Postcards from Voyage of the Vikings

This summer I sailed on the Maasdam’s Voyage of the Vikings — a 35-day cruise which left Boston in late July and sailed to Rotterdam via Greenland and Iceland, then returned to Boston, visiting different ports each direction.

Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. I believe in the latter.”

So now I think I’m Albert Einstein. Ha, ha, ha!

This part of the world is truly a miracle and I would not hesitate to come here again. After seeing so many poverty-stricken countries in this world where people seem like life is hopeless, Greenland and Iceland are far from it. The land is extremely rugged, but the people here have made it work for them. From the colorful houses (I think it is so they can find their homes when they get 20-30 feet of snow in the winter) to harnessing the energy of the breathtaking waterfalls and canyons carved by receding glaciers or from earthquakes, and the building of turf homes to insulate from the weather, they have found a way to survive and enjoy life.

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At this church in Greenland, they gave an a cappella concert for us, the visitors.

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I am really enjoying this ship too — probably one of my favorites so far. We have a great crew with renewing friendships and making new ones. Since this was one of our long cruises (35 days) there were many repeat passengers that I had sailed with on past cruises.

Char Patton is Maasdam’s future cruise consultant.

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