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Susan Portnoy
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A day-dreaming pragmatist that loves travel and photography
A day-dreaming pragmatist that loves travel and photography

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There she was, Holland America’s Westerdam, her sleek 10-deck profile rising majestically above the Seward pier in Alaska. In the cruise industry, the Westerdam is considered a mid-sized vessel and carries a maximum of 2100 passengers. To me, it was…
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I’m trying desperately to pull on a 7mm wetsuit but it’s clinging to me like a surgical glove. We’d been warned it would take some effort, but it’s so absurdly difficult that the other women in the dressing room and I can’t stop laughing. I’m convinced…
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I love Manhattan, but when I need a break from the endless rows of concrete canyons, I head to the Bronx. Tucked inside the city’s northernmost borough is one of the country’s most beautiful historic landmarks: the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). With…
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It was as if I was saying goodbye to a dear friend. I plopped my expired passport–the one that has traveled with me on all my adventures over the last 10 years—into the waiting envelope.  The time had come for me to give up my faithful, dog-eared…
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You’re headed to the Amazon for a river cruise, a beautiful and exotic destination teeming with wildlife and photographic opportunities and you want to take some great pictures. Awesome. But take heed, the jungle has its challenges: from a towering canopy…
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If you love hiking, check this out!
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If you dream of adventure, the kind that comes with a tropical rainforest, exotic animals and fascinating indigenous cultures, consider a river cruise on the Peruvian Amazon. Whether on your own or have family in tow, it’s a great way to indulge your…
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He looked at us with a mischievous grin and then said it, the phrase we’d learn to finish for him. The phrase that Juan—one of two local naturalists on our International Expeditions’ Amazon River Cruise in Peru—would say every time we began a new…
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