A day at sea…..
I had set the alarm for 9; but by instinct on a sea day, my eyes popped open at 8:01. It’s like Rick Spath & Elise Ivy send out telepathic signals for me to wake & watch their morning show. Their morning banter puts me in an upbeat mood; & I love seeing the video clips shot around the ship the day before.
I had plenty of time to go to the Bistro for a little breakfast. You could tell that new produce was brought onboard in Sydney. The fruit was at that perfect stage of ripeness; & the scents permeated the room. The strawberries were small & sweet as sugar. I had mostly fruit & prosciutto with my cappuccino.
There was another themed buffet around the Neptune Pool at noon. And this one was new to me….”Cuisine of the Sun” (featuring foods from the European countries that surround the Mediterranean). I like the concept; & there were some very good dishes that showcased each & every country.
I got little tastes of a lot of things: hearts of palm (of course), prosciutto & Spanish sausages, Marrakech tomato salad, grilled mushroom polenta, courgetts & cheese patties, sautéed potatoes & mushrooms, marinated bell peppers & zucchini, lasagna & (the only disappointment) was the bacalhau (& no I’ve never seen it spelled that way either).
I sat for a long time reading quietly at the back of the Lido restaurant before I could make room for my dessert sampler; baklava & flan.
There were 3 guest lecturers schedule for today. Only one (on the port of Melbourne) was of interest to me; & that conflicted with bridge class. And I was so busy the rest of the day that I never got around to watching the rerun on TV.
At 2, I had a haircut appointment. Another ‘first’ for me today……I’ve never been on a ship long enough to require a haircut. I had requested whomever was their best ‘razor cutter’; & they right away said, Rachael. The only thing is, Rachael hasn’t been able to find a new blade in any port that will fit her razor. This made me nervous for a moment; but she worked her magic using her scissors. Her hands were flying so fast, I was having flashbacks from the movie “Edward Scissorhands”. She did a great job too.
There were some hits & misses on the menu this evening. Always a hit….the broiled Australian rock lobster tail. Tonight that was served with cauliflower-chive risotto, snow peas & asparagus.
The internet hasn’t been fast enough to upload all the photos I wanted to put on yesterday’s blog. So, that’s still yet to be done. And I can’t post today’s (Thursday’s) until Wednesday’s is up. So, tonight I’m praying to the satellite Gods to give me a strong, fast signal tomorrow in Melbourne. It’s nearly 11; & I'm really pooped out. Hope sleep come easy & fast!