Day 30...Cruise to South America...One day to disembarkation...About us....Final Montevideo photos...

Many of the streets in Montevideo, Uruguay reminded us of other historical cities we've visited.
"Sightings from the Veranda while Cruising"

Viewing shipwrecks from our veranda in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The cruise is fast coming to an end.  Today, we pack and leave our bags outside our cabin door by 10:00 pm. Tonight's the last "silent disco" and we'll dance the night away with all the new friends we've made along the way.

Montevideo, Uruguay is a charming historic town filled with historical buildings.
It's the first time I didn't feel a little nostalgic as a cruise comes to an end. This time, both of us are ready to begin the New Year with many adventures awaiting us, and of course, the celebration of a milestone in Tom's life, his 65th birthday tomorrow.

Vendors line the streets offering their handmade crafts for sale.
I wish there was a way I could arrange festivities to celebrate his birthday but based on disembarkation tomorrow, preparing the final expenses and post for the cruise and getting settled into our hotel in the Palermo district in Buenos Aires while attempting to find a restaurant for his birthday dinner, our day will be full.

We walked to a large open market area where dozens of vendors were presenting their goods.
No doubt, the day, like every other will be spent in the celebration and happiness we feel in being together, grateful for this life we lead and the good health and means that enable us to continue on.  How did we get so lucky?

There's no room in the luggage for hats but at US $7, it was tempting.
Perhaps, it was less about "luck" and more about years of hard work and diligent planning that has made this life financially possible.  The rest is about the emotional part, for which we both have contributed in our ability to love and nurture one another, exercise patience and tolerance with our circumstances and with each other. 

Quaint seating area in an outdoor cafe.
Long ago, we both agreed that whining and complaining would be highly destructive in maintaining our commitment to continuing on. As a result, in even the most trying situations, neither of us complains. 

Each of the city streets has a unique appearance with the many historical buildings.
Are we stuffing our feelings?  Not at all.  Through the process of controlling our reactions to difficult situations, we've learned to think about solutions to problems rather than complain about them.  Over time, this behavior has become a part of who we are, making life easier and ultimately, happier.

A tall dark green door.
This process doesn't make us exempt from having challenges or from worrying from time to time.  But, it does provide us with the tools to maximize every single day to its fullest, even when at times it feels like a struggle, especially during times of illness or injury.

A fruit and vegetable market on the side of the street.
I often think of times, like last summer when we were in Minnesota visiting family and I'd booked our flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas for the wrong dates.  We ended up losing the entire fare of US $719.  There was nothing we could do. 

We continued our walk well beyond the areas where all the passengers were shopping.
I was frustrated with myself for making this error but Tom was loving and supportive, knowing I had simply made an error and berating me for doing so held no purpose or value.  We both had to shrug it off as "one of those things." 

Soon, there was hardly a tourist to be found.
In no way, as hard as we may strive for accuracy, are we exempt from making occasional errors.  We've both learned to accept responsibility, fess up, and carry on. 

It's the combination of these factors we hesitantly share, hoping not to seem braggadocio, preachy or pompous, as we explain how we make this life work for us.
We reached the opposite side of the waterfront and stumbled upon this smokestack.
Last night, during the "full moon party" in the Martini Bar, we had an exceptionally good time, hanging out with new friends, rocking to and fro to the music.  It couldn't have been more fun.  By midnight, we were back in our cabin, ready for a good night's sleep which we both achieved.

As we made our way back to the ship, we could see it at a distance.
Today, we're docked in Buenos Aires for a final overnight stay on the ship.  Many passengers are permanently getting off the ship but our hotel reservations don't begin until tomorrow night and we feel comfortable staying on board on the final night.  We won't be getting off the ship today since we'll have an entire month to explore Buenos Aires at our leisure. 
A turret atop another historical building.
Have a safe and pleasant day and weekend, as the holiday season brings many festivities and celebrations for those who partake.
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Photo from one year ago today, December 22, 2016:
Driving through the countryside a few days earlier, Tom spotted this highly venomous Tiger snake crossing the road.  Quickly turning around, as it raced off into vegetation, we were able to get this photo.  For information on these venomous snakes, please click here where it's stated, "Most Australians know of tiger snakes and are aware of their fearsome reputation, though few people will ever encounter one."  Leave it to us to encounter one after only 20 days in Tasmania!  For more details, please click here.

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