Ft. Lauderdale, located 28 miles north of Miami on the Atlantic coast of Florida, is named for an abandoned fort built by soldiers of the US government under the leadership of Major William Lauderdale during the Seminole Wars from 1838 to 1842. Fifty years after the fort was abandoned the city began in the 1890’s. Today Ft. Lauderdale is home to Port Everglades, the third busiest cruise port in the US. Over 40 ships pass in and out of this port annually and on one of them next year, I am going to begin and end the trip of a lifetime.
I don’t mind publicizing this as someone will be living in my home during the four months I will be living on the ms Amsterdam and traveling around the world. My intent is to use this means of sharing my adventures with friends and family, hopefully with photos if I can get my tech skills up to speed.
As I prepare to go, I will share what I learn. For instance, there are 28 pages in a standard passport for visa stamps. Road Scholar, my trip organizer, says I will need 35 pages so I have to apply for a “large book” passport which has 52 pages. It is a simple process and requires only a check on the normal passport application and no extra charge. Who knew? Stay tuned.