Country Count: 46
We are a little off track today in Halifax because we had to skip two ports due to bad weather. When we tender in a port the conditions have to be just right or it becomes too dangerous. We had swells up to 12 feet and gale force winds at 50 knots. All the guests on board were turning green. I took a little video of the rough conditions yesterday. I'm on deck 3 and the water shouldn't really ever been touching my window.
So today we are back in Halifax a day early. So far of all the Canadian ports I've really enjoyed Quebec City the most. I like the old town feel and how everything looked European. There was a lot of nice shopping and great food. The whole city is perched on a hill around a giant hotel and all the changing colored leaves.
They have a lot of shops there that sell furs and leather and I found a really pretty dream catcher that I liked. I hung it in my room in front of the window and fell asleep to the most terrifying dream I've ever had. I was sitting in front of a ticking bomb and the code to disarm it was the password from the internet at Starbucks earlier that day and I couldn't remember it exactly. I tried to run at the last minute but it exploded and I felt everything until I woke up in a huge gasping breath. I thought it might be a fluke until the next night when I fell fast asleep to a dream about a long lost twin sister who was trying to kill me and steal my identity. My dream catcher is broken.
Country Count: 46
I had two new experiences at sea today! Firstly, I saw WHALES!!! During all my time at sea I have never seen a whale on the ship. Today I was up in the gym staring out the windows like I always do trying desperately to see anything special. When you are that desperate every peak and break in the water looks like a fin or back and you start imagining things. Well luckily the spray of the whale's brain farts is unmistakable! And not only did I see a whale but I saw at least five different groups of whales at different
times while I was up there. Everywhere I looked I could see another one. Some of
them were even coming up out of the water to make a big splash. It was the most
entertaining the elliptical has ever been.
My second brand new experience at sea was getting “randomly” drug and alcohol tested this morning. Now they say it's random but somehow the people who had too much to drink the night before in the crew bar always seem to be on the list. I however, was not even in the crew bar but the circumstances lead me to believe that in my case it still wasn't random. Yesterday in Newport, RI I picked up a six pack of Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale for Margaret because she had to work all day and couldn't get off the ship. This is
totally allowed by the way but apparently they thought I took it all back to my room and drank it because at 8:30am I got a call to report for my random test. I guess it's not a big deal except I was kind of proud of the fact that in all the time out at sea no one ever thought it necessary to drug and alcohol test me. Well I went in and blew threw the stupid thing and felt a little smug when it came up 0.00. Then came the drug test. I've never take a drug test before so I went in the bathroom and shut the door. I guess this was not allowed because the nurse came back and opened the door. Then I must have taken too long because I got a, “Are you almost done? I need you to finish.” But I had just gone when I woke up so it wasn't exactly Niagra Falls. I managed to complete the test then I tried to flush the toilet and wash my hands. For future reference you are not allowed to do either of these things during a drug test. It was all quite humiliating actually and I was especially annoyed because the stupid beer wasn't even for me. I don't even drink beer. I guess tonight would be the night to get drunk and do all my drugs because they can't randomly test me two days in a row, right?
Sassy ginger from NH off traveling the world.