The Hub walked into the house in November of last year and after a couple of minutes of chat that was specifically designed to lower my defenses he blurted out that he wanted to go on a Big Gay Cruise to the Baltic Sea. As my first instinct when asked to spend loads of money on something intangible is to say no and it appeared that he really REALLY was serious, I told him that I would have to think about this before giving an answer.
I pondered the thought of thousands of gay men all aboard a boat gayly bopping through the Baltic Sea. I pondered the sites that we would see (both on and off the boat). I pondered if we could afford the price. And finally, I pondered how cool this trip would be. So yes, we paid the price and signed up.
We worked out for 8 months and we lost over 100 pounds put together and bought TONS of clothes and costumes and suddenly, it was July 27th and we were headed to Boston to grab an IcelandAir flight to the Baltic Sea (via Reykjavik)!
PS – Yes, we booked prior to the Eyjafjallajokull eruption and yes, we have never paid as much attention to a natural disaster before IN OUR LIVES. It stopped erupting 2 weeks before we left.
We are both very tall guys and I laid down the law – I was not going to cram myself into a coach seat for the 12 hour flight (well, 6 and 6 really, due to the layover in Reykjavik) so we upgraded to Business Class. As Usher says, OMG, it was awesome. Plus, we got to use the Executive Lounges at all the airports!
Anecdote: The stewardesses all spoke fluent Icelandic, but very not-fluent English. They tried though. At one point the Hub got so flustered at a Stewardess as she tried to speak to us that he blurted out “Si !”. Oh, Hub. Still making me chuckle 7 years in…