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Our first excursion of our Disney Cruise (see all posts about the trip here) was to Grand Cayman, one of the Cayman Islands. We went to a touristy place called Hell, visited the Cayman Turtle Farm, and swam with stingrays. I have to admit, I was not really excited about this day. I wasn’t interested in Hell and absolutely did not want to swim with stingrays. However, the last activity is so highly rated and so popular that I decided we should do it. I’m not scared of stingrays or anything, but I think they are creepy, and I didn’t want to touch them. I assumed as soon as I got in the water and got used to them, I would be fine. But that was not at all the case. Hell Our first stop was to “Hell”–a small field of black limestone formations that are supposed to resemble Hell.…

See Part 1 of our Disney Magic Western Caribbean cruise here! Naturally, Joseph and I did a lot of research before the trip. We were obsessed with disboards.com for a few weeks. The message boards are full of talk about the cheese plate that’s not listed on the room service menu. We ordered it along with two gigantic chocolate cookies for a snack one day (Did I mention how much weight we gained? All our “snacks” on top of four course meals are to blame.) Joseph and I were not at all interested in the “Pirates in the Caribbean” night, but once we were on board I guess we got caught up into the world of Disney and wanted to dress up too! We couldn’t resist buying a couple things at the shop on the ship. Mickey made a grand entrance by ziplining across the top deck and setting off…

Joseph and I just returned from our very first real cruise! Technically, we went on a cruise in Egypt, but I can’t really count that since we were only on board to eat dinner and sleep, and we had land on both sides the entire time. I’m so glad we chose the Disney Cruise Line for our first trip. I would not say Joseph and I are “Disneyholics,” but we enjoy their theme parks and films simply because everything is done so well down to the last detail. The Disney Magic was exactly the same! The staff was amazing (perky, but not annoyingly so!), as was the food, activities, and the ship itself. I had been afraid of going on a cruise because I get bored rather easily and don’t really know how to relax when there is nothing to do. But there were plenty of activities to keep us…

This a scheduled post to keep this blog from being inactive for over a week. Joseph and I are currently on vacation in the Caribbean! I have been sitting on these photos from our trip to Las Vegas for a while. They are a year old, and I thought finally sharing them only appropriate to get you in the mood for our vacation photos. Joseph and I both really love aquariums; they seem to entertain us better than nearly anything else. Underwater creatures are both funny and intriguing, and we ended up spending a lot more time staring at fish in Las Vegas than you would imagine. We went to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and also saw aquariums for free at the Forum Shops and the Rainforest Cafe shop.

During our trip to Austin we inevitably stopped at Uncommon OBJECTS on South Congress–a beautiful antique store full of unique and oh-so-Austinly-weird goods. I couldn’t help but take a few photos. We were warned in advance to look and not shop due to inflated prices, but we didn’t take the advice. Sometimes on vacation we let ourselves buy things we normally wouldn’t–they make interesting mementos! Joseph bought this weird globe of clocks (that is a window flare in the photo below), and I got a Japanese lithograph that looks perfect in my home office!