Day 2: Sailing South of the Border
Trip Start Dec 08, 2003
12Trip End Dec 18, 2003
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So what's the plan for the day? Lots of activities on this boat. Who can do them all?
It was such a beautiful morning. Clear skies and deep blue ocean water all around as we sailed south to our first port of call -- Cabo San Lucas. The air is a bit chilly our first day out. All the shipboard guests were eagerly seeking out their early morning lounging spots for the day by the pool as we passed by on our way up one level for our first walk along the onboard track. We have already agreed that this will become a part of our daily routine after each meal since we want to take on the challenge of sampling all the great food. As we walked along the track, we still couldn't believe that just three weeks ago, we were talking about the possibility of taking a cruise. And now, we are here and well on our way.
Anita couldn't resist challenging me to a game of table tennis (or ping pong as she calls it). I could tell she thought I didn't know how to play, so I just let her think that. But once we got down to business she found that she had been sorely mistaken. In brief . . . I kicked her butt! Whipped up on her really bad. But she's a pretty good sport.
After that we walk around a bit and find ourselves at the martini and wine tasting demonstration. Just in time for a couple of gulps of wine. Run into a housekeeping guy from St. Vincent. Nice young man. I practice my interviewing skills and find out that the guy makes $500 per month, with lodging and food included. He doesn't seem very pleased with his job. But it's better than being unemployed in St. Vincent.
Now off to the digital photography seminar (I really needed this one). They make sure to have lots of activities to keep you occupied on these "at sea" days. But by now we're ready to relax by the pool so we quickly head back to the stateroom to pick up an audio tape and sunscreen and head to the deck for some sun. Grab a cone with passion fruit sorbet and sit on deck. One hour in the sun and Anita isn't quite as brown as she had hoped. But there's always tomorrow. Better grab some lunch before they shut down at 2:30.
Oh look, there's Hrvoje again. He's serving ice cream today. He looks funny in that stupid ice cream server hat (especially after seeing him in his formal waiter outfit last night). He recognizes us while we're eating, and comes over to our table. We find out that he's been on board this ship for four months. The day we departed San Diego he said farewell to his Yugoslavian girlfriend, who he says he might never see again. Sounded like some deep stuff, so we didn't pry any further.
HR is quite the character. He likes to spend money (on what, who knows). But he also has aspirations of becoming a restaurateur. Wants to open up a place in downtown Croatia called Van Goh's. "Not that Van Goh has anything to do with food," he explains. "But he's all about impression and that's what I like." I immediately think IMAGE-its all about the image, baby!
He says he wants his restaurant patrons to enjoy the entire experience. It's not just about good tasting food. Candles and flowers on the table, the room temperature, the music, the service, even down to how comfortable the chair is. It's all a part of the atmosphere and the experience of dining, he said. I like that. I'm impressed with him.
And then he goes into this number about also wanting to be an actor, and he breaks into his impersonation of . . . I don't have a clue. But it was pretty funny. He's a singer, a crooner all of a sudden. And I'm amazed at his total lack of shame. He is completely uninhibited with his little display. I like that about him too. He'll probably never see us again after this trip so what the heck, might as well let it all hang out, huh.
Down to our stateroom for a little nap and then it's time to get ready for dinner.