Imagine Going There Travel - May 2023

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For Culture-Collecting Clients & Friends of Imagine Going There Travel THE COMPASS

MAY 2023


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VIKING HAS SOME EXCITING NEW ITINERARIES! The Americas & Antarctic Explorer (42 days, Ft. Lauderdale to Ushuaia) In addition to seeing wildly popular Antarctica spots, this Expedition cruise offers two destinations many of our guests have been waiting for: the Galápagos and Machu Picchu! Both are offered as 4-day optional excursions and are only available on this sailing which starts Oct. 11, 2023. Malta, Morocco & the Mediterranean (16 days, round‑trip Barcelona) One of my favorite Viking cruises was to the Southern Mediterranean where we visited ancient Carthage on an optional tour in Tunisia. This new itinerary includes a day there, as well as Corsica, France; Algiers, Algeria; Casablanca, Morocco; Seville and Granada, Spain; and back by popular demand, an overnight in Valletta, Malta! This cruise sails November and December of 2024 and February and March 2025.

The first four months of this year were the busiest we’ve ever had. Not only because we visit a lot of active 55+ communities for lunch and learns, and vendor fairs, it’s also because this time of year is called “Wave Season” in the cruise industry. Viking requires their representatives to work longer hours during this period, and everyone connected to the cruise business is usually in “all-hands-on-deck” mode. But what made this quarter so different from those in the past was so much of our new business was due to the astonishing number of calls from referrals. It’s an honor when someone sends their friends our way, but we also received calls from those who said our clients repeatedly referred us on Facebook and Cruise Critic. I started keeping a list so if they didn’t reserve a cruise right away, we’d have a record of who referred them when they were ready to book. Most of those who contacted us remembered the names of those who referred them, but unfortunately, some could not.

So, there are two ways we want to show our appreciation: First, those who referred have a $100 per person voucher waiting to apply to their next Viking cruise. The second is we’re going to do a drawing for your choice of three fun gifts:

Five Days of Entrees – Everyone loves not having to fix dinner! (Williams- Sonoma - $240 value)

• Cutco Entertainer Pack - Lifetime guarantee of heirloom quality kitchen tools ($262 value) • Viking Gift Card – Everyone can use more vacation money! ($250 value) We’ll do the drawing May 1, so if this list doesn’t have your name included and you CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 ...

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the help of others.” —A.N. Whitehead

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Tales From Our Sails

who guide you to all the right places for the best opportunities to interact with nature,” Julie tells us. “Not to mention, on the Expedition ships, the rooms are larger, and they even have a little heating closet for your booties!” Having been on two Expedition cruises so far, Julie was excited to be with the same cruise members both times. “The entire Viking crew is outstanding,” Julie says. “You can go out on deck at any given moment, and a naturalist will be out there to tell you about the birds or fish in the area.” One of Julie’s favorite parts about Viking cruises is the wildlife. “Once, while we were doing Zumba on the ship, we just missed seeing five blue whales, but it’s magical because you’ll be drinking coffee in your room, and 100 dolphins will just swim right on by!” Julie recommends taking a river cruise for those who are older and a little less mobile because they are smaller and more intimate. However, she recommends the ocean or Expedition

Julie is hooked — Viking Cruises have taken her from one end of the world to another and unlocked the beauty and enchantment of exploring in comfort. So far, Julie has traveled on four ocean cruises, three river cruises, and two Expedition cruises, with many more booked for the near future! She has traveled aboard Australia & New Zealand, The Grand European, and Caribbean Connections , just to name a few. For Julie, Viking is a home away from home, and she has enjoyed every journey. “While each cruise is absolutely amazing, my favorite would have to be the Expedition cruises. There are so many fun things to do, and the naturalists and guides aboard the ship are so knowledgeable. While on board, you have wildlife experts everywhere A PASSION FOR EXPEDITIONS

cruises for those who are active and fun-loving. “Each cruise is fantastic — it just depends on what you like!” Julie says. “And Carol and her team at Imagine Going There truly care. They spoil you before you get on your cruise, and she’s personally involved in your entire booking and planning process. They work to find you the best deals and rates, too!” Julie, your passion for Viking is contagious, and we look forward to hearing more once you return from your upcoming Viking cruises. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!


For many seniors, maintaining an active lifestyle can be a challenge. Your body might not be as flexible as it once was, and new pains or discomforts seem to appear out of nowhere as time passes. This change can be problematic and will require some adjustment on your part, especially if you’ve lived an active lifestyle. Thankfully, there are some activities you can do to help you stay active, like yoga! You might think that yoga is just for young people, but that’s not the case at all! Yoga is a low-impact exercise that can be modified to suit a wide range of abilities, making it accessible to people of all ages. There is no expectation of perfection, as each individual is encouraged to listen to their own body and move at a comfortable pace. So even if you have

health limitations or concerns, yoga is a safe and pleasant activity. Plus, you’ll gain a host of benefits from participating.

incorporating breathing techniques into their practice, seniors can improve cognitive function

and memory. There’s also a social aspect

By holding poses and moving through

involved. Many yoga studios offer classes specifically for seniors,

sequences, yoga helps to lengthen and stretch muscles, increasing the range of motion and reducing stiffness. You’ll also build muscle strength, particularly in your core. Your balance and posture will

which can provide a supportive and

welcoming environment for everyone to practice together. It’s a great way

to meet new people and have fun while staying active.

improve, which will help lessen physical discomfort and reduce your risk of falls.

There are advantages for people of all ages to practice yoga. If you’ve been interested in trying this activity for a while, now is the time to get out and get involved. You may be surprised by how much you enjoy it!

In addition to physical benefits, yoga is also mentally stimulating. The practice of yoga can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. By

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“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not allow themselves to be bent out of shape.” —ROBERT LUDLUM



referred someone to us, please email the name of the person referred to and we’ll add you to the drawing.

Thanks again – we couldn’t do it without you!

Jim & Freda Amrod Susan & Raymond Baggerly Sherry & Roger Bennett Karla & Russ Bockenfeld Joanne & Phil Boehm Sally & Joe Brown Brenda & Jerry Burke Marcia & John Chess Jan & Paul Christiansen Roxi & Steve Clauson Elaine Cutler Felicia & Mike Davis Karen & Michael Diamantides Victoria & Bill Dillman Karen & Jim Dinovo Donna Dieckman & Steven Patrick Judith Ann & Eric Faile Betty Fitzpatrick Jane & Kyle Garland Genie & Mike Garland Jane & Robert Golenbock Linda & Joe Gondolfo Cathy & Leon Grabowski Carol & Matt Graham Carol & Matt Graham Carol & Jim Grinham Bev & Jim Haas Diane & James Hagerty Donna & John Heavener Julie Hicks Kyle & Michael Hotaling

Judy Joliat Paul & Marietta Joliat Patti & John Jugenheimer Lynne & Tommy Kalil Gayle Kinchen Cathy & Carl Kologinczak Sue Ann & Patrice Kruszewski Judi LaPan Cheri Lippstone Vickie Maharrey & Pat Walsh Lori & Jose Maldonado Elisa & Horacio Perez Patty & John Phillips Susan Pickren Becky & Mike Showalter Wendy & Bill Sorensen Debbie & Larry Stone

Baked Rigatoni

This is a great recipe when you need to feed a crowd!

Ingredients • 40 oz rigatoni noodles • 10 oz (3 links) mild Italian sausage, casings removed

• 9 oz (1 1/2 6-oz cans) tomato paste • 1 tbsp beef base • 2 tsp garlic salt • 2 tsp oregano • 2 tsp basil • 12 cups mozzarella cheese • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

• 3 lbs ground beef • 1 tbsp cooking oil

• 3 cups chopped onion • 2 tbsp chopped garlic • 4 28-oz cans diced tomatoes

Leslie & Don Stork Anita & Tom Strahs Barb & Greg Tate Marti Tomko Michele & Gilbert Trill Sarah & Doug Way Tedi & Larry Whetsell Diane & Gary Wiegand Ruth & Steve Zachok Lori & David Warner

Directions 1. Cook rigatoni noodles according to package directions until al dente. 2. In a large pot, crumble sausage and ground beef and cook on high until browned. Remove and drain meat. Add oil to pot and cook onions and garlic until browned. Return meat to pot, and add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beef base and seasonings. Bring to a boil, stirring to mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 90 minutes. 3. In a very large bowl add drained pasta and coat with 4 cups sauce. Using three 9x13 inch pans, fill half of each pan with noodles, top with sauce, cheeses, then repeat, pushing noodles down into sauce to fill in the gaps. Top with mozzarella and parmesan. 4. Bake at 350 F for 30-45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

—Carol Shaddix

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Norway Is the Home of Viking Cruises and the Nordic Diet!

Every other month, new dieting fads seem to take the world by storm. Some popular diets aren’t beneficial, while others have incredible health benefits, so how do people know what’s worth trying? Luckily, one diet may be a little bit more credible than the rest: the Nordic diet. Nutritionists, scientists, and chefs decided to create this diet in 2004 to help slow obesity rates and unsustainable farming practices in Nordic countries, but it might help residents of the U.S., too! The Nordic diet emphasizes consuming food high in protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Fruits, vegetables, and seafood are common on Nordic diet menus, but what separates the Nordic diet from the others is that it uses canola oil, which has less saturated fat than olive oil and other processed options. You’re supposed to eat a decreased amount of sugar and twice the amount of fiber and seafood than a typical diet.

inflammation throughout the body and can even reduce your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Many people who tried the diet noticed decreased cholesterol and lower blood pressure while they followed these guidelines, even saying they lost weight or had an easier time staying in shape. You may have seen the Nordic diet on the news after Noma, a three-Michelin-star restaurant known for its Nordic menu, recently closed in Copenhagen. Food critics and patrons rated this restaurant as one of the best in the world, but the owner found the grueling hours and intense workplace culture unsustainable. So, still wanting to work in the food industry, he converted Noma into a food laboratory. You can change and improve your diet anytime, but experts recommend the Nordic diet for its many health benefits. Make sure you pick up whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fatty fish, and other items next time you go to the grocery store. You’ll be amazed how what you eat can improve how you feel.

Some phenomenal physical health benefits come with switching over to the Nordic diet. It helps reduce

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