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At Sea on the M.V. Explorer, heading to U.S.

Jan 10 2012

sunny

123-DSCN4404.jpg128-DSCN4425.jpgTwo days at sea to savor before arriving at Ft Lauderdale.

After breakfast on the deck, went to art class with Zen Browne. This will be my last watercolor class. Tomorrow will be open studio time but I'm going to enjoy being outside instead of inside painting. We were given large water color journals when we started the class. My goal was to have a watercolor from each day. Needless to say, that didn't happen. I have very few but I have enjoyed doing as much as I have. Today I drew six squares and put two colors inside each square that reminded me of a place. I.e. brown and blue is entry to the Amazon and yellow and green is St Kitts because of the bright building setting at the end of the dock. It is very simple but I like it. I like messing with the colors.

Many speakers were offered on ship today from Charlie Clarkson, the bird expert to Rita Dove, former poet laureate of U.S. I decided to skip classes and just enjoy being outside on the ship.

The food had become a little monotonous so today we had lunch on the pool deck where you can get hamburgers. We ended up playing the poolside trivia game. We had four at our table and did better than the last time where Joan and I (on our own) were dead last in the competition. Roy Yates, who manages events on the Ship and who we really like, was bold enough to announce that we were dead last in the trivia game!!

There is a monk on board who runs a meditation class in the mornings in the Glazer Lounge. We finally stopped in and did enjoy it. He has large attendance and lot of admirers.

We signed up for a bridge tour late afternoon. It was interesting and, to me, kind of surprising how much stuff seems to be done manually. There is someone on watch at all times. We passed a tiny sailboat the other day and we wondered how it maneuvers the sea and if they accidently come into the path of large ships at times. The M.V. Explorer is one of the fast cruise ships. At times we traveled at 30 knots, which doesn't mean much to me.

Tonight was a seated dinner for the Captains Farewell Reception. We don't particularly like these as one has to eat in the dining room (inside) and dress up a little bit. We sat with a fun group of people, shared some wine and ate shrimp scampi. Turned out be be a nice evening. After that there was a reception with the Captain in the Union Lounge -- best part is you get a free glass of wine.

Entertainment tonight was Madeline and Humberto Sales. Humberto is Brazilian and married to American Madeline. She sings, he plays the guitar. Nice music.

Setting our clocks back again.

Posted by Linda K 14:22

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