A few trips to the travel agent later...and we have not booked anything, yet. We have however narrowed down a few things and realized a few things. My top revelation~
I do not need a cruise with any stops in Sweden!
That was a big revelation. Prior to this, we were looking at cruises which stopped at a couple places specifically in Sweden so I could visit certain people. My husband now fully realizes what my brain has planned for Sweden. Because he knows/understands my plans, we have come to the realization that we don't have to make my "choice stops" while actually on the cruise. In other words, we can always take a plane, train, reindeer (really? reindeer?) or whatever, in order to get where I want to go. Originally, I was following the cruise itinerary, choosing the cruises that docked in places I wanted to go. That way I was sure to get to those areas.
Now that my husband fully understands where I want to go and what I want to do and is willing to follow my plan, I have decided he should be the one to choose the cruise! That is only fair, right?
We have gone on the internet and poked around... again. By not including stops in Sweden, we are opened up to a few new cruises, and can actually visit a couple extra places we wouldn't have seen otherwise.
Now, we are waiting to talk with the travel agent, again. My husband went to do that today and found he was going to have an hour or more wait, so he will go back another time. We have a few questions and depending on the answers, it will help us make a decision on which cruise we take.
In other news, I have been studying with Rosetta Stone. I have been trying to study a little at least four days a week. Sometimes I have gotten carried away and spent many hours with it.
There was an online Rosetta Stone meeting a couple nights ago, and it was an eye opener for me. There was an explanation of the course and everything involved, the online world, games, meetings, etc. I would have missed so much with this program if I didn't sit in on this session.
The speaker explained at one point that we "shouldn't" keep taking sessions over and over (as I have been doing) until we get 100%. There is a lot of repetition in the program so everything comes up again and again throughout the course. Now, how would I have known that if I hadn't sat in on the meeting? (But then again, there I was today, repeating sessions until I got 100%...I guess it is just how I roll...)
I learned after you have completed certain sessions you make an appointment in which you have the opportunity to speak with someone online for half an hour or so, in the language you are studying. Great practice, plus in the beginning especially (or so he tells us), we don't need to feel intimidated. (Uh, yea right...ok.)
Did I tell you, they have games to play in their online world? The games are played in the language you are studying. The thought kind of scared me originally, especially when I heard you play these games with others!
I attended the first online "game night" I heard about and I am glad I did. You can play games by yourself, or with another person. You need to have completed certain levels in order to do certain things and each session is set up for how far along you are in the program. Nothing was intimidating at all, at least not on the "single" level. In fact, the games are set up to encourage what you have learned. I tried each of the games to see how they worked and played them by myself. They were fun! One of the games made perfect sense to me, it is set up the same as if you were a kid learning English, same principle.
Even though there weren't many people online for the Swedish session that particular night, I was able to visit and share with a gal on the other side of the country, in English however. Maybe next time I will try a little Swedish...
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