We have spent the last three days island hopping in the Seychelles. This
place is an absolute paradise. It's warm but not hot and the water is cool and
clear. On the first day we were in Mahe and I took a crew tour. They organized a catamaran to pick us up and take us to a reef to go snorkeling. Then we were jumping off the cat into the water and swimming around. We were off the coast of this tiny, privately owned island that had a small beach. They got permission to have us there and they took us over a few at a time in a dingy. The beach was soft, white sand and had a mysterious stone staircase leading into the trees. I walked up and at the top of the stairs were tons of giant tortoises. I've never seen anything like them. They told us there were more than a hundred on the island. We swam there for a while and then they took us back to the cat for a ride around the island and back to the ship.
Yesterday we were in La Digue. It's one of the smaller islands in the
Seychelles. When we got off the tender boat there was a place right there to rent bikes. I was nervous because it's been about 15 or so years since I've ridden one and I wasn't so sure it really was, "just like riding a bike." Anyway, he let me test one out before I paid for it so I would know if I could do it or not. I was a little wobbly but I figured I would get used to it. We took the bikes all around the island and followed the signs for Grand Anse, a beach on the opposite side. We rode for about 20 minutes and were starting to really sweat. Then we came across a man selling fruit and juice at a stand outside his house. I didn't really recognize anything he put in the blender but it was definitely the best juice I've ever had. After we got refreshed we kept riding until we hit the end of the road. All that was left was a muddy trail or to turn around, so we followed the muddy trail. At the end of the mud was a pretty restaurant and about 100 bicycles just sitting around. We dropped ours and walked up the path to the other side of the place and that's when we saw it. It was the most amazingly beautiful beach I have ever seen. The sand was ite,
the water was bright blue, there were huge, smooth boulders that jutted out to
the sea. The waves were completely massive and the whole beach was obably a quarter of a mile long. When I saw it I honestly just burst into laughter because I didn't know how else to react. Thinking I was just going to be riding a bike around for a few hours, I hadn't put on a swim suit (again) but was NOT going to miss this opportunity. I jumped in my underwear again which made for a very wet and sandy bike ride back, but it was so worth it.
I went back to the ship to rinse off and change and then turned around and
went right back to the island. I was looking for Margaret but she wasn't where we said to meet, so I grabbed my bike and went off to find some lunch. I decided to go the opposite way from that morning. I was only riding about 5 minutes when I came across this beautiful resort. It's like one you would see in a movie. I was starving so I parked my bike and went up to see if they were still serving lunch. Just as I entered the dining room I saw Margaret sitting alone at a table. I couldn't believe I found her when she could've been anywhere on the whole island. She had just ordered so we had some lunch and it was delicious. Then we asked if it would be alright for us to hop in their pool and swim up to the bar. I think they wanted our money because they didn't seem to mind. We had tropical drinks while lounging in the pool overlooking the ocean.
That night we all went out again and had dinner together on the island. All
aboard wasn't until 11:30pm and I was definitely going to take advantage of
every minute I had there. Then we went to the beach in the moonlight and hung out in the water. The moon was full and so bright that it almost looked like daylight. I'd say La Digue was absolutely one the best days I have had on this contract so far.
We were in India for 5 days last week and I think those were the hottest 5
days of my life. The air was so thick that it was difficult to breathe. This
doesn't help the strange spicy garbage smell that wafted over the country. I
didn't get to see too much of India this time around but I could definitely
smell it. I did get off in New Mangalore and it was pretty cool. The streets
were really busy with motorcycles and tuk tuks and huge buses and everyone just drives kind of wherever there's space. No need to stay one behind the other. This was scary to witness from the bus but even worse from the rickshaw. The food I had was good but it was SO SPICY. Even the veggie burger I ate made me start to sweat. Unfortunately I wasn't able to see Cochin or Mumbai this time but we will be back in India in January and then again in April on the last cruise home.
We had a great first day today. We met with some of the production team
including Gary Musick, the owner of the company. He took us all out to lunch and we got the run down of what to expect while we’re on board. For the rest of the day we were learning music. Since there’s only four of us I actually get to do a TON of singing, which I love.
It’s still just me and the two boys and they are actually childhood best friends. They both grew up in Brooklyn and they are both (hiss) YANKEES FANS. Yuck. Despite this major flaw we have been getting along great. I am looking forward to Margaret joining us though so we can finally be a group and so I can ask her lots of questions. She has been working for Oceania for six years!
Uncle Wayne gave me a great idea for my blog. I’m going to have a “Sunsets” section so I can post pictures of sunsets all over the world. First stop: Nashville. Here’s the view from my room.
Sassy ginger from NH off traveling the world.