About This Blog (revised December 2015)
Welcome to Bader Journal, the travel blog of Rick & Mary Bader (that’s us, pictured at the top, taken at Ephesus). This blog was created primarily for our family & friends, but anyone who is interested is welcome to view it. We will set sail January 5, 2016 from Fort Lauderdale on a World Cruise that will end in Fort Lauderdale on April 30. We will be sailing on the Amsterdam, the co-flagship of the Holland America Line. It is a fairly small ship by cruise line standards with a capacity of 1380 passengers, although we expect substantially fewer to be on board on this trip. Here is a map of our itinerary:
Experience tells us that the postings on this blog will undoubtedly fall further & further behind as the trip goes on. Our posts typically contain a lot of pictures & text so they take some time to create. This can only be done on sea days, when we are on the ship & have leisure time. In addition, internet access on a cruise like this is likely to be very spotty & is also very slow. Therefore, on our last few trips the blog postings were not completed until well after we returned home. If you are trying to follow the experiences of friends on board in real time this will probably not be much help. But be assured that postings of the entire trip will be completed eventually & I hope the result will be worth the wait. One of our primary goals in producing this blog is to have a permanent (we hope) record of our travels, so that we will not forget what we have seen and done (this is an ever increasing danger at a certain age), so to us the completeness of the postings is more important than their timeliness.
One general caveat: please don’t take what is written here about the places we visit as authoritative. We do our best to be accurate, but really we are mostly repeating things we have read or been told. You may sometimes note a skeptical tone when we tell you something we don’t necessarily believe, but even things we do believe might turn out to be inaccurate. So, caveat emptor!
Below is an outline of instructions for using the tools built into the blog. Use anything that is helpful to you & just ignore the rest. But don’t skip reading item D.
A. Menu Buttons At The Top of the Page:
1. The “About This Blog” button will always bring up this post, in case you want to review the itinerary or the instructions for using the blog.
2. The “Home” button will always bring you back to the default view, with the latest post at the top.
3. The “M/S Amsterdam’s Current Position” button will take you to a webpage that always displays just where our ship is at the moment. Our blog entries are often posted well after the fact and we get further behind as the trip goes on, so this button will tell you where we really are (or sometimes where we are supposed to be) right now. It will also tell you how the weather is there.
B. Subscribing To Email Notifications Of New Postings:
If you scroll to the very bottom of your computer screen you will find several “widgets” in 4 columns. In the second column from the left (next to the calendar and above the orange RSS buttons) is a button to subscribe to email notifications of new postings. If you sign up you will receive an email right after a posting is published, so you won’t have to waste time on the internet looking for one that isn’t yet there.
C. Navigating the Blog:
1. Google: The easiest way to find a particular post is to use Google. If you google "Baderjournal" & the place in which you are interested, the posting on this blog should be one of the first results listed (eg. "baderjournal rome" will bring up our posts about visiting Rome . . . on this trip we will visit it for the second time, so there will be two Rome posts then).
2. Blog tools: At the bottom of your computer screen you will find several widgets (probably overkill) that may be useful in navigating the blog:
a. In the left position is a calendar on which the posting dates of blog entries are blue. Click a blue date with your mouse and that day’s post(s) should pop up to the top of the blog.
b. Next to that is a section with three items. The first is the email subscription described above. The middle one has two orange buttons for subscribing to RSS feeds of the posts and/or the comments (I have no idea how – or whether — that works). The bottom one is a search function that should allow you to find a previous posting by searching for a particular word in the text (e.g. “library” or “Peru” or "Alhambra").
c. In the right hand position is a list of the 5 most recent posts; click on one to bring it to the top.
d. Second from the right is an “Archives.” After the name of each month is the number of postings during that month. Click on a month to bring up that month’s blog postings. This is probably the easiest way to access all of one of our previous adventures on this blog, which I will list here as a sort of table of contents:
— Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage can be found at December 2011 through March 2012:
— Grand Mediterranean Voyage can be found at March through October 2013:
— Southern Caribbean can be found at April through May 2014: