Tuesday, 17 March 2015
17.03.2015 - 17.03.2015
Managed to upload yesterday's posts this morning despite the link dropping out twice. I've been frugal with my Internet use and now have some flexibility and can afford to restart the upload. The sunrise was scheduled for 06:50 which is unbelievably late for me. I'm expecting another time adjustment in the next day or so but even a 06:00 sunrise is fairly late.
Breakfast with Jenny after which we spent time at the International Café before I took the camera for a walk to capture some images of the St Patric Day decorations. The most impressive being the two huge cakes prepared by the pastry chefs.
Spent time in the cabin to catch up on some world news on the stateroom TV. The devastation of Vanuatu being the most frightening, not only for the immediate aid required but the longer term impact on a country that has so little infrastructure to start with. The BBC World Service provides the best coverage of events from around the world. The Israeli elections have been receiving a good bit of attention too.
After a quick visit to the gym to weigh myself I decided that I didn't need lunch. Even allowing for the weight of clothes and the fact that the scales were not totally stable I've put on a fair bit of weight. All my initial intentions regarding exercise and portion control have not been carried through. I'll have to get back into my regular routine as soon as we get back home and see if I can drop some of that weight before ANZAC Day.
After lunch I attended what was advertised as a "GoPro Seminar - Explore some of the features, functionality and the plethora of accessories of this unique new camera". The presentation was badly organised and did little to encourage me to lay down good money for what appears to be a gimmicky gadget for thrill seekers. I must admit that some of the captured video they showed had an interesting if quirky feel to them.
One of the group of us that meet for coffee most mornings is trying to organise a 'lunch' for us. He's undertaken the task of getting in touch with each of us. The plan is to meet at 12:00on Thursday 19 March which is less than 48 hours before the cruise ends. Amazing where all those days have gone. Another 'member' has collected contact information which he is planning to share so that we can remain in touch. This tends to happen during longer cruise but doesn't last long when we return to the 'real world'. There are two or three I'd like to stay in touch with.
Jenny has gone off to listen to the 'Pop Choir', a group of dedicated passengers who have taken time out to practise and present a concert of songs. I elected to stay back and finish my latest Kindle book and write up this lot.
Made our way to the dining room and found our regular waiter, Jigger, dressed up as a Leprechaun, very funny an Irishman from the Philippines. Service was a bit chaotic with a temporary waiter taking over from Jigger. The confusion showed itself when I received Chicken Broth after having ordered a Clam Chowder. Despite the mix-up we had a better than average diner.
Tonight's entertainment was provided by "John Bressler", a better than average pianist, a reasonable gravel voiced singer and mostly funny story-teller. His take on Rod Stewart was excellent and he certainly packed lots of energy into his performance. He's no 'spring chicken' claiming to be from the 'Woodstock Generation'.
Tomorrow we arrive in Puerto Vallarta for a relatively short visit 08:00 to 15:30. We have a ship's excursion booked and will be out on that for most of that time. Despite my luck at uploading yesterday's posts I've no way of knowing when this will be posted.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony