I think I managed to read one chapter last night before the ship’s rocking just knocked me out. I slept like the dead. So, when I checked the clock at 7:25, I was more than ready to get my day started. I thought I’d go right to the computer & see how fast the connection was this morning. I got lucky & was able to get all of Adelaide’s blog uploaded. If I wasn’t so anal about putting in too many photos, it wouldn’t take so darn long. But pictures tell more of the story than my words do.
I watched the morning show while I worked; & I was still at it when Capt. Glenn gave his morning report. We have turned a little more northwest, skirting around the southwestern corner of Australia (did ya follow that?). The closest land is now just 23 miles to our starboard side. We have slowed to 14 knots; & it’s another beautiful day in the neighborhood….sunny & low 70’s. He also informed us that there will be a slight change in our plans for Bali. We were supposed to anchor in Pedang Bay (which I’ve been told is very picturesque). We will now actually dock a little further south of Pedang Bay in Benoa. That should make disembarking easier than having to go by tender. But the shore excursion office is having to scramble & fine tune all of the tours.
Capt. Glenn’s thought for the day….”Even though you are on the right track, you will be run over if you just sit there.” (Don’t you just love these?)
I wasted so much time on the computer this morning, that I had to really hustle to shower & get a quick bite of breakfast at the Bistro before bridge class at 10. I must hand it to Rachel & Eddie for structuring this class in a way that clarifies the mysteries of bidding. They set up certain hands (same hand for each table); & ask us how we should bid. We discuss amongst ourselves; & by process of elimination, come up with the most logical bidding sequence. It takes us so long to come to the right conclusion, that nobody would have the patience to play with us. Again for those of you who don’t give a crap about bridge, I’m sorry……but this is REALLY important stuff. And for ANYONE to turn this cloud of confusion in my brain into something that actually makes sense…….well, they should win a World Games medal for this!
After bridge I went to the library to pick up & work on some more practice Sudoku puzzles. That is until the librarian ran me out at noon. I wish they didn’t have to close just so the librarian can get a lunch break. They could lock up all the books; & keep the room open. It’s not like anyone is going to abscond with a book without properly checking it out. This is Crystal after all.
I had a great lunch at the Lido buffet about 12:45. My plate was full of all sorts of goodies…..hearts of palm & shrimp cocktail (of course), baby red peppers stuffed with spicy cream cheese, German sauerbraten on braised red cabbage topped with sour cream, a small grilled patty of ground veal topped with cheddar cheese & mushroom cream sauce, half of a ‘veggie melt’ (sautéed vegetables with avocado & Swiss cheese on an English muffin). Everything I tasted was very, very good.
And if that wasn’t enough, the dessert table had something caramel…..caramel & banana bread pudding. It was primarily caramel bread pudding with a few slices of dehydrated banana chips; topped with caramel sauce. Lord, just take me now….it was to die for!
I went back to the cabin; & got 2 more days of the blog uploaded before dinner. I also watched a rerun of this morning’s lecture by Peter Vidmar (Olympic gymnast). While I would find his gold medal winning performance fascinating to watch, listening to his explanation of each performance & how the difficulty of the routine factors into the scoring wasn’t quite that interesting. It’s sort of like….would you rather see the play or have someone tell you about the play?
For my main course, I had the Nobu Box. It is a sampling of 3 of his most popular entrees: Wagyu beef with steamed asparagus, miso marinated black cod & tempura fried rock shrimp with a spicy sauce. I had a side order of brown rice. As always, dinner in a Nobu restaurant is ALWAYS an exceptional experience. Many thanks to Celeste & Bill for arranging this evening.
The medal platform in the 'Olympic Village'