The nearest I’d ever got to a cruise before was watching Love Boat many years ago. That programme and things I’d heard from others made me think cruises weren’t for me. Evening dress and ballroom dancing simply aren’t my style.

MS Lofoten in Havøysund

MS Lofoten in Havøysund

But this wasn’t like that at all. The ship was small, the crew and fellow guests very pleasant and we’d have looked out of place in evening dress.

Without the hassle of packing and unpacking, or not unpacking and having to search for items in a suitcase, we travelled all along the coast of Norway, stopping several times each day for some great views, short hikes and other activities.

Hammerfest

Hammerfest

Before you ask, no, we didn’t see the Northern Lights. You can only see them when it’s dark and clear, and it never really got dark in the far north.

Dog sledding

Dog sledding

We had wonderful weather the whole time, except one evening when it snowed on us.

Caught in snow in Norway

Caught in snow in Svolvaer

There was a little rain in Bergen on our last day, but nothing like the downpour that (surprisingly) greeted us on our return to Israel.

I was sorry when the cruise came to an end, as all good things do. Now I have a long list of tasks to catch up on, one of which is preparing for my launch day and online party on 17 June. Do join it if you’re free any time that day. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/events/733704203318444/?source=1.

This cake appeared almost every afternoon to celebrate the MS Lofoten's 50th anniversary

This cake appeared almost every afternoon to celebrate the MS Lofoten’s 50th anniversary

2014 Blogging from A to Z: reflection

My fourth A-Z blogging challenge. How did it go?

  • I completed the challenge.
  • I learned things about the lives of authors.
  • I introduced readers to new authors, most of them fairly new to me, as I met them through Crooked Cat Publishing, who are going to publish my novel next month.
  • I read and enjoyed posts by other A-Z bloggers.

But, as always, I was constricted by time. Other activities got in the way.

  • I didn’t write all the posts in advance.
  • I didn’t read enough posts by other bloggers.
  • I didn’t comment enough.

Then, like last year, I went away towards the end of the month. I had a wonderful time, but it wasn’t so good for my A-Z Challenge experience. Maybe next year I’ll do better. And maybe not. I have my priorities. I wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to go away for the sake of blogging, important as it is.

More about Norway next time, I hope.