The weather was overcast and windy with a crisp chill in the air. The ship was covered in sand on every deck due to the sand storm in port yesterday, and the crew took measures all day to try to clear the sand from every deck, window and balcony. At 11:30 I took a break from writing to eat lunch in the Chefs Galley and attend dance class. Today we reviewed the salsa. I was able to pick up the details in the steps a bit clearer.
I returned to the stateroom to continue writing and view the sights along the Suez Canal. The sand in the air diminished as the day progressed, expanding sight distances around us. As we passed points of interest, Captain Opery made announcements to alert and inform us of the significance of the landmarks.
The Suez Canal was trenched through Egypt, with no locks, just a long water corridor that connects the Red Sea to the south, to the Mediterranean Sea to the north.
Cairo is to the west and the Sinai Peninsula to the east. The Suez Canal provides direct passage to India and China along the northern boarders of Africa. It also connects Egypt to Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
During the day I received a thank you note from a couple I met yesterday, that have been following this blog, for assisting them in communicating with Cunard a few weeks ago. At 5:00 I stopped working on my proposal for the day and practiced the waltz with Thomas in the Queens Room. Other people wanted to use the dance floor so we practiced for 20 minutes then let them have the floor. We were still transiting through the canal as we rehearsed and it was fun to see the changing scenery pass by the windows. I returned books to the library and reviewed an Atlas of the World
before returning to the stateroom to dress (elegant casual) for the evening.
The thrill of dressing and attending a formal dinner every night has wained. Tonight JoRina did her laundry and I ate in the Kings Court before dancing in the Queens Room. I danced both sets, then turned the clocks forward an hour before turning in for the night.
The day started around 7:30. I checked in with the schools and found that my committee required additional iterations to my proposal. To quell my disappointment and frustration with that process I busied myself with laundry and several errands throughout the morning in-between reviewing their comments and addressing them in the proposal. Thankfully Victoria agreed to review it again for me as well. She was a doctoral professor and has helped me with revisions earlier in the voyage. Her assistance was greatly appreciated. Around 10AM we began our passage through the Canal, leading the convoy as we went.