Today we joined the ship and have been running around a bit. We filled out
our paperwork, got a crew ID, uniforms (which are lovely by the way), and now I’m sitting in my newly unpacked, single cabin with a porthole view! This room feels like a penthouse compared to my last ship. My goal for today, STAY AWAKE.
Above was the blog I wrote on my first day. So much has happened since then and it’s only been a few days. The reason I couldn’t post it then was we had no internet or phone on board for two days. That might not sound like a long time but having to go TWO DAYS without checking my email or calling home felt like torture.
Speaking of torture, the reason I couldn’t post after those two days passed
was because I have to leave my room to get internet and since I am in Medical Isolation I can’t post anything. That’s right folks! I made it almost 7 months on NCL without getting sick. Here on Oceania, it took three days to start tossing my cookies. I still have another day and a half before I’m allowed to leave my room and I’m starting to go a little crazy.
Here's a couple pictures from Monaco and the porthole views while I was in isolation.
Ciao from Roma! From the time I left the hotel in Nashville to the time I
arrived at the hotel in Civitavecchia was only about 17 hours but with the time difference I pretty much lost an entire day. It felt really weird to be back in Civi, where my last ship docked every Wednesday. I made sure I got pizza (four cheeses) from the place we went every week and gelato (mint chocolate chip) from the lady on the corner. We got here a day before we needed to board the ship so we had a whole day to kill and try to stay awake. After we ate pizza and ice cream the boys and I decided to take the train into Rome just for something to do. We visited the Spanish Steps and then walked over to the Trevi Fountain. They say that if you throw a coin into the fountain that it guarantees your return to Rome. The last time I was in Rome I threw in a coin but I didn’t want my only return to be in the airport so I’m glad I made it back there.
It is my last day in Nashville! I have been running around all day making sure I have everything I need before I leave the country for 6 months. I keep forgetting that there's a good chance they will have toothpaste in other parts of the world. It's going to make it hard to keep my suitcases under weight with 6 bottles of shampoo in them. Now I have to worry about having a Halloween costume before I go. We are required to attend a party that night and it would be best to dress up. Last minute costume + already heavy suitcases = going to Target for a pair of fairy wings and calling it a day.
Now you all definitely have something to look forward to. If you were bored enough to read about what I did in Nashville, the rest of these blogs are going to seem great! First stop Rome. I've posted the rest of my itinerary below so you can follow along with me if you'd like.
I saw another movie! Last night I cut loose with some friends to see the remake of Footloose. It was just as good as you would expect it to be. They stayed very close to the original with a few modern updates. I only cringed twice throughout the film, once when they didn't bother to update the costumes for the prom scene and once when Ren had his break down in the abandoned wearhouse and he did his angry dancing. For some reason that scene just didn't translate into 2011. I did enjoy the rest of Kenny Wormald's performance including his authentic Boston accent. I think casting made a wise choice to find a Boston native rather than having to sit through another Leonardo Di Caprio/The Departed situation. I also really enjoyed the kid playing Willard, Miles Teller. He definitely saved the movie from taking itself too seriously. The movie was a bit raunchier than I remember, although I think the last time I saw the 1984 Footloose I was too young to catch any of the rude parts anyway. It's definitely not a must see but it was survivable when being dragged there by friends who weren't too embarrassed to admit that they were dying to see it.
It's hard to believe but tomorrow begins our final week in Nashville. We learned three 50 minute shows and three 15 minute shows in three weeks. When I shake my head it sounds like loose change rattling around. Now we have this last week to really clean everything up and make sure it sticks in our brains. At this point I'll be happy if I can even remember which song comes next.
I have been managing to make use of my time off as well. Last weekend we visited the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and toured Studio B where many of the greats recorded their big hits.
They actually let me play on Elvis' piano! I was playing "Let it Be" and everyone on the tour started singing along. It was very cool. I realized later that day it was John Lennon's birthday, extra cool.
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Sassy ginger from NH off traveling the world.