Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
33Trip End Jan 29, 2006
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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
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...