Would you rather take a 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice?
First of all, the idea of an organized tour gives me the creeps. I think of being in fourth grade, in a line. At the beginning of the line because I was short, either the shortest or next-to-shortest kid in the class. The being marched as a group to “enjoy an activity.”
Garry and I have been on two cruises. They were (for us), the opposite of “organized.” The boat is a gigantic floating hotel, except other than booze, everything is paid for in advance. You can do anything available on the ship and there’s usually a lot to do — and the ships are really big. We think of the Titanic as huge, but modern cruise ships are much bigger.
You can watch a new movie in a theater — or watch the same movie in your room. Hang out on the deck, day or night. Exercise. Lounge. Swim. Eat. Eat more. Eat even more. Watch the sunrise from atop the ship … and eat. Have dinner in the dining room. Have dinner anywhere else they serve food — and they serve food everywhere. Go see a show in the evening. See another show, after the first show. Dance, if you like. Stroll the deck. Then check out the midnight meal — but if you value ever getting into your clothing again, do NOT become a regular attendee at the midnight food revels.
Spend however many hours at any of the places where the ship stops. My favorite was Jamaica. I hoped we’d go back, but it didn’t happen. I bought four pounds of Blue Mountain coffee beans and it made the best coffee I’ve ever had. We found a taxi driver on the island who became our guide and took us everywhere. It was wonderful.
The thing about cruises — you don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to eat on a schedule. Shows you obviously have to see when they are on, but there are usually a variety of shows. And there’s always a singer in the lounge.
I loved watching the dolphins leap in the wake of the ship. I love the ocean everywhere.
Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing?
I loved swinging as a child. As an adult, too. I don’t get excited to see a swing but it does bring up happy memories.
What is the most important thing that you ever learned ? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)
Actually, it was something I learned in school and it became the basis of my world. I learned to read. In first grade. Nothing else I ever learned — or could learn — would mean as much to me as reading. Reading gave me the entire universe.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?
I realized once and for all we cannot keep hauling groceries up the stairs to the house. More to the point, Garry can’t keep doing it. We aren’t getting any younger or stronger — so I ordered one of those weird three-wheeled carts that is supposed to let anyone — even me — haul stuff upstairs. I hope it works.