Monday 8 January 2018

Hello and Happy New Year to everyone!

A short email this week – thought I’d better send one as some people were getting concerned that I hadn’t communicated this week!

On New Year’s Eve we had some ballroom dancing on deck 7 before welcoming in 2018. Unfortunately no alcohol allowed on ship, so had to make do with a toast of orange juice earlier in the evening. Still, it was nice and we all wished each other a Happy New Year and saw all the fireworks from across the river. I am still nursing many mosquito bites from my time outside on New Year’s Eve – not a great way to start 2018! I am hoping that I won’t develop malaria.

I attended Primary Screening again on Wednesday and Thursday. Much the same as last week, but the crowd were a little bit more unsettled this week. Things didn’t disintegrate into chaos, but I’m glad that security were there with me. Friday was our usual celebration of sight and a chance to meet up with our day crew again, who I haven’t seen since Christmas.

I had a meal out on Friday evening at the German Seamans Mission as someone was departing over the weekend. This is a place where seafarers can go and find accommodation if needed, food and Christian fellowship when they dock in a port. I had a tasty avocardo salad with a side of chips. Most of the rest of the group had fish, which attracted the local cat to the side of my seat!

On Saturday I went for a swim at the local Pullman Hotel. I have been there many times as that is where our shuttle bus departs from to return to the ship – but I’ve never used the pool before. It was really nice – at least twice as long as the ship pool and it felt like you had a decent swim. Really QUIET too! Enjoyed it so much that I went back on Sunday for another swim! Followed by a good half hour walk to Maison H (patisserie) for some well earned sorbet!

Back to full on daily cataract surgery today. Will close now as pretty tired and will send full email at the weekend as usual. Just wanted you all to know that I’m still going!

Take care

Melanie