Friday, 20 February 2015
20.02.2015 - 20.02.2015
With a solid overcast this morning there was no visible sunrise. The ship in off the coast of Argentina heading for Buenos Aires. Temperatures are down and the waves are up but the size of the ship ensures that there's little or no discomfort. After breakfast there not a lot to do other than read until it is time to visit the Theatre for the Destination Lecture for Montevideo. We stayed on afterwards to find out what the next presenter had in store.
This lecture/demonstration was by Amy Rubin on the subject of Brazilian Styles of Choro, Samba and Bossa Nova. She spoke to this subject and played pieces of music whilst explaining the components and origins of the styles. She highlighted my total ignorance of anything musical. Many of her words were as if from a foreign language. It was humbling that whilst I was comfortable listening to lectures on Cosmology and while not understanding the details understood the fundamentals, I was totally lost on this subject. I found that I enjoyed her music but I could not comprehend the basics. A massive hole in my education. I'll be attending her lectures into the future in the hope of gaining a little knowledge.
After Amy's lecture we stayed for the movie. Today's offering was R rated and we sat at the end of the row in case we didn't like it. The movie was "Whiplash", featuring Miles Teller, JK Simmons and Paul Reiser. No idea who played which part and despite a lot of strong language it kept us in our seats. A quite dark plot dealing with powerful personalities.
Back in the cabin to find a message from Al - our dinner date - saying that he couldn't make a dinner reservation either, so we will meet at 1730 and wait for an available table. Not quite the outcome I'd hoped for. I also realised that I didn't have an image for today and decided to feature the midship section of Deck 5 in a collage. There was just about the right level of activity to show off the Piazza area without the overwhelming crowds that sometimes gather there.
Had a lovely dinner with Al and Deb after which we scooted off to the Theatre for another dose of Scott Harris the comedian. Very funny man but it helped if you were from the USA. Standing room only at 1940 for a 2000 start, I wonder how many people make it to the 2200 show. Certainly well past my bed time.
We'll be in Buenos Aires tomorrow.
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