Extreme Excitement

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Jan 29, 2006

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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

We had left Malaga saturday evening and spend all of Sunday at sea. It took a while to get used to the rocking of the ship. For someone like me, who is not very strong at sea, I would recommend a cruise in the Mediterranean only. Once we reached the Atlantic Ocean, there was a definite change in the sea. It wasn't too bad, it's just a matter of staying focused on where you place your feet while walking!

Luckily we were already in port by the time we woke up. Otherwise it may have been much worse. I was feeling better, but Carmella was feeling worse. We thought it might help by getting some fresh air and change of scenery, so we went by the free shuttle bus to town. We walked through the small streets, accompanied by dizziness and the usual blur of tourists surrounding us.

I called my parents to get a quick update on the important things to do in Funchal. They have been there at least 10 times over the past 30 years, so they should know. Carmella started feeling worse, so we decided to split up, and do our own business. I was still slightly woozy and seasick, but I had to make the best of it while I was there. I hate missing out on things, when they are right in front of me.

I took the cable car up to Monte. For someone like me with a fear of heights, it is a big deal to go on a dangling cable car, especially on my own with no one to hold my hand. The scenery was definitely worth the effort. The clear blue sky was a brilliant back drop with our ship at berth in the port at the foot of the mountain.

I walked down the mountain, both for the exercise and for the view. I had already heard a lot of stories about Madeira from my parents, but some things you just need to see for yourself. Unfortunately I did not have time to do a levada hike while on the island, but I did discover another one of their special tourist things: From Monte you can either take the cable car back down, walk or go by sleigh!! Yes, I wrote sleigh! Basically you have a sleigh big enough to seat three people, and a man on either side to steer, and brake, on your way down. It's an adrenaline rush for old people and families with children! So if one day you should find yourself walking down a mountain in Madeira and hear somebody yelling and screaming behind you, fear not. It is simply extreme sport Madeira-style!

Back in Funchal I walked around a bit, enjoying that I had not felt bad for hours! You tend to forget the bad things while exploring and having a great time! I bought some postcards, might as well share my fun with my family at home, and I kind of had promised to send postcards from each port. Soon after I headed back to the ship to eat, and to enjoy the sight of Funchal from the Sun Deck. After all, we kind of had the best view of the city from there.

We set sail at five in the afternoon. As we made our way further and further away from the beautiful island, it struck me that this would be the last time in five days we would see land! Kind of terrifying, but still so exciting! I was a nervous wreck when looking at Madeira slowly, however steadily, disappearing in the horizon...
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hej sus
her en lille hilsen fra dk ...her går alt godt dine heste er ikke til at styre de bider ... sparker ...og er helt umulige.. øv øv øv nej spøg til side de har det godt og opfører sig ordenligt.. de er så søde den eneste der ikke rigtigt ka forstå hvor du er .. ja det er buster.. men ellers har alle det godt,,, min far er kommet på benene igen så det er dejligt.. håber du nyder det ..vejeret her hjemme er sådan nogenlunde .... vi skal ikke klagejeg har ikke haft tid til at ringe til line endnu men det kommer nok
nå men nu skal jeg i seng for der er jo nogen der skal på arb. øv øv øv hyg dig knus tina

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