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Inkari Stone

Ivan woke up at 6 am on November 18, 2012 since the curtains were really thin in the hostel room.  I went back to sleep and woke up at 10 am.  Ivan only slept 3 hours.

Ivan had the free breakfast which was scrambled eggs and a pancake.

Lunch was at Inkari.  Ivan and I shared ocopa araquepena, seafood rice and mushroom soup.  The ocopa araquepena was similar to the Papa a la Huancaina we made in the cooking class we took in Lima.  Lil Dave had banana rice and a fried banana.  The food was average.

We relaxed at the hostel.  I worked on the blog while Ivan used the internet.

The group met up at 5 pm.  Everybody had a slice of Sam’s birthday cake.  Mel told us about the details about the 2 day Colca Canyon tomorrow. 

Later, Ivan and I went to Zig Zag for dinner.  We shared Andean trout with sesame seeds and a honey sauce and a salad with figs, quinoa, mango, avocado and shrimp for starters. 

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We were given cute bibs to wear so we wouldn’t get dirty.  We usually don’t like wearing bibs, but these were too cute! 

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Our main course was salmon cooked on a volcanic stone. 

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Dessert was a tasty passion fruit dish served in a martini glass.  Every dish was simply delicious.  I wish we had another night in Arequipa then we can dine here again.

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Sunny Solstice Market

I woke up at 10:30 am on June 23, 2012.  Jennifer woke up shortly at 11 am.  We headed out into Anchorage at noon.  It was a lovely sunny day. 

We walked to the downtown area, after getting lost quite a few times, taking a number of detours, and learning that there really arent that many taxis in Anchorage…especially when you want one due to the fact that you have walked miles and still have miles to go to get to your destination. We were hungry, so went to the F Street station which our couchsurfer had recommended to us. I got a tasty halibut sandwich while Jen got a crab sandwich.  We enjoyed our food with a sweet Riesling.  I noticed on the tourist map that there was a market going on.  I was disappointed that I didn’t read this early since we could have had a nice lunch there instead…..

After lunch, we started walking towards the market.  I saw a sign for the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival and Hero Games.  I thought we would check it out after the Anchorage Market & Festival.

The market was filled with many stalls selling food, jewelry, clothing, candles and soaps.  We saw a place selling salmon quesadillas. Jennifer thought that sounded really good.  I told her that we would come back later and have one…..not because necessarily we would be hungry later, but because you can never say no to a salmon quesadilas can you.

We walked to the Summer Solstice Festival. 

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We saw many things like wood carving with chainsaws, a big sand box, a pool of water where kids could go kayaking, a puppet show, skateboarding, animals to pet and bouncy castles.  There was one Hero Game we came across.  Two teams were playing volleyball with water balloons.  Each team had a blanket. 

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One team would serve the water balloon by throwing it up in the air with the blanket.  The other team would have to try to catch it.  If they dropped it, the other team would score.  It looks liked fun, but Jen and I would have rather had a great big water balloon fight with everybody.

We checked out the largest souvenir shop in Anchorage.  It’s definitely not as big as the largest souvenir shop in Las Vegas.  We didn’t get anything, but we’re going to come back to buy a ulu knife with a bowl for us to use at home.

It was time to walk back to the Anchorage Market & Festival.  Jen and I shared a delicious salmon quesadilla. 

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We walked around checking out the stalls we missed last time.  I bought some peppered smoked salmon. 

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There was lots of unique products being sold like fishing lure earrings, Alaskan nightlights made out of wood or hand painted clogs.  Jennifer bought a cool J scrabble tile zipper pull and banana earrings. 

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Hopefully, Lil Dave doesn’t try to eat her earrings mistaking them for real bananas!

We were feeling pretty tired after that, so jumped in taxi and headed back to the couchsurfer’s house.

After using the internet for a bit, we headed out to the Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria which had been recommended to us by the couchsurfer and was also number one on Tripadvisor for restaurants in Vancouver.

The pizzas were supposedly meant to be the best in Alaska….We haven’t had many pizzas in Alaska (in fact we’ve had none) so we can’t vouch for the validity of that statement, but we do agree that they were very nice pizzas!

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We got two small ones – both half and half. So four different flavors of pizza. Our favorite was the wild mushroom, and the roasted garlic one.

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Juneau what I mean?

On June 19, 2012, Ivan and I were woken up from a deep sleep AGAIN from the stupid announcement about where to get off the boat in the room at 7:15 am.  We were not impressed!!!! Especially as this was the second morning in a row this had happened! And it wasn’t as if it was an emergency announcement or some interesting news (like somebody jumping overboard). And the boat wasn’t even docked yet – AND it was only 7:15 in the morning! If we were a couple who only got a couple of weeks vacation per year and we came on this cruise to relax and SLEEP in, then there would have been hell to pay!

I fell back asleep again but Ivan got up and went to get some breakfast upstairs. Then, once I woke up, we both went up to breakfast, and Ivan got his second breakfast while I got my first.

Soon after, we headed off the boat, and after walking around the town for a little bit, took the bus to the Mendenahall Glacier. After about 30 minutes driving on one of the only roads in Juneau (Juneau is a landlocked capital and there is only really one main road in town which just stops at the glacier), we arrived at the glacier and everyone piled out looking up in awe at the beautiful site before us.

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We took a little walk to the Nugget falls. It was beautiful surroundings.

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We then walked back and started on the Marine Ecology trail which was nice but not nice enough for our threshold of what we judge a nice walk to be. I mean it was a nice enough walk, but we couldn’t see the glacier as it was in forest and seeing as we were in town for the purpose of seeing the glacier we decided to turn around and head back.

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We jumped back on the bus back to town and then entered the Red Dog Saloon which was an old saloon which apparently has been around for ‘years and years’.  The bar has a gun owned by Wyatt Earp.

We parked ourselves down at the bar, and ordered a Duck Fart shot which sounds a lot more exciting than it actually was (the combination of Baileys, Kahlua, and Crown Royal is not really going to win any awards at the national cocktail making competition (does that kind of event even exist? If not, it should, and hey I will volunteer to judge it!!)).

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We then shared a smoked salmon chowder and a salmon wrap, both of which were very tasty. Lil Dave got a banana chowder which he reported as tasting pretty good. He also tried a monkey fart shot which was lemon juice, banana juice, and a small twist of lime.

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After staying for a while and listening to the entertaining piano player Baldini, we headed out, walked around town for a little bit, and then went back home – a la the cruise ship.

Every day on this cruise we seem to have been getting really tired during the afternoon. Its not as if we are not sleeping much – I mean we are probably sleeping much less than we sleep in Vegas…maybe its because we are eating so much food, and the bed in our room really is quite comfy….

So we got a nap, then headed off to the show for that evening which was this black comedian James Stephens III who did the kind of show that makes you think after 30 minutes ‘When is the comedy going to start’?! He was really terrible. He was meant to be an impressionist also, but his impressions were even worse than his jokes! We left way before he finished and went back to our room to get ready for the evening.

After showering we headed off the martini bar where we got a martini flight (shown below) while drawing funny and rude pictures in the ice on the counter (not shown below).

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We then headed to dinner. There were some champagne glasses on our table and we wondered why we had them. We soon learnt why – Theresa had been proposed to by her boyfriend while up on the glacier today! So they celebrated by sharing their champagne with us! It was yet again a very enjoyable dinner, and the two hours just flew by with lots of fun, engaging conversation. The food was the usual story – some of it pretty tasting, some of it Denny’s quality. But of course the good thing with cruise ship food is if something is not that great, you can just ask for something else! And although the waiter probably is calling you greedy behind you back, at least this way you can keep on ordering something until something tastes good!

I think we ate about 5 courses during dinner! Luckily they are not huge portions though, so we weren’t too stuffed afterwards.

After dinner we headed up to the Cosmos lounge to watching ‘Dancing with the Officers’ which was enjoyable and consisted of the passengers dancing with the officers from the boat set to live music from the house band. The unfunny comedian from earlier in the evening was one of the judges and he at least confirmed that our opinion of him from earlier was not due to the fact that our stomachs were empty..nope…even with a ton of food inside us and a bunch of drinks he still failed to raise even a smile!

After the event we headed to the room and bed. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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