It's New Year's Eve! Well actually now it's New Year's Day. We spent the
evening singing and dancing for the guests and then I went down to the crew bar to check out the action. I think close to all 400 crew members were down in that room smaller than a small NYC apartment. There were people, beer and cigarettes on every surface in there. After saying my "Happy New Year"s to everyone, being stepped on and spilled on, I decided to call it a night. Now I realize I'm way behind on my blog and have so much to add!
Cape Town was absolutely amazing. It was like any big city you might see only it was beautifully positioned at the bottom of a mountain and beside the ocean. When you approach it from the water you get a great view of Table Mountain. I didn't make it all the way to the top of Table Mountain because the cable car only runs if the weather is perfect. Otherwise it's too windy and you get tossed around too much. I did take a sightseeing bus tour of the city which took us halfway up the mountain and then around the other side where there is a beautiful beach! I only wish we could've stayed another three days, at least.
We didn't get to go to East London because of some engine trouble we were
having so we spent Christmas at sea. Margaret, Jonathan, George and I got
together on Christmas morning and exchanged gifts. Then we all went to the staff mess and had breakfast together. From there I had a pretty full day of work so it all went by kind of fast.
After stopping in a couple cities we were in last cruise we made it to
Maputo, Mozambique. It's always fun to try and figure out which language people are going to speak and which currency to use. It Maputo they speak Portuguese and they have their own money called the Mozambique New Medico, I think. There wasn't too much to see in the city but it was better than staying on the ship doing nothing.
Today we were in Mayotte, part of the Comoros. Here they speak French and use the Euro. I only had about an hour off because of all the decorating and
rehearsing for NYE so Jonathan and I decided to hike up to the top of this nearby cliff that overlooked the ocean. This was kind of an unexpected, last minute decision and flip flops don't make the best hiking footwear. By the time we got to the top the space between my toes was on fire. I ended up taking some giant leaves and wrapping them around the middle of my flip flop and it really did make it better.
Now it's January 2012 and I'm starting to doze off. I hope everyone has a
happy and prosperous New Year. May all your dreams (and hopefully mine) come true!
Sassy ginger from NH off traveling the world.