The cruise is starting to feel like home now. Our table mates are a nice group of Canadians and Americans, speaking a mixture of French and English. Iain is in his element, being the only teen around. He's getting lots of attention. A friendly gentleman beside him at the table buys very expensive wines each night, and then insists that Iain must expand his knowledge of great wines. I sometimes get offered a taste too, which is very nice of "Steve" the table mate.
We're at a table of 8 people, so there's always lively chatter. Tonight was the Captain's Dinner: Full formal wear, but also state of the art cuisine. We had duck a l'orange, and filet mignon, and for dessert, Milles Feuilles.. All delicious and gobbled down quickly. Iain had two appetizers -Clam and Mussel chowder!
And so, the gentle rocking of the boat becomes 'normal' and we feel more sea sick on flat ground than on the boat. It's amazing how the brain begins to accept movement as 'normal' after a day of it.
Tomorrow, another day at sea, and then Jerusalem! An unexpected surprise, since Cairo isn't safe (in their minds). Iain was a bit disappointed, but we're now excited to be seeing a city with history on every street corner. And what better time to be there than at Christmas! We'll continue on to Luxor and Sharm El Sheik after Israel, so we'll still get to see the best of Egypt.
Ok, that's my time all used up for today. $10/hour internet fee on board!
Hilary Slater: I write in the morning before I get out of bed. I write in the evening when the world is quiet. I write at Starbucks, where I can escape the household interruptions. But most of all I write in November, when NaNoWriMo inspires me!