11 May 2012, Gail’s trip log

Another sea day – we are now headed north along the west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.  The fog is gone, but they say the water is cold now, not the warm water on the eastern (Indian Ocean) side. We watched a very interesting BBC show tonight about the oceans on either side of the Cape and how the cold water comes up and how it affects the ocean life. It was amazing and we learned a lot about the incredible variety of sharks and whales and other marine life around the Cape. I told Dan this would sure be an excellent place to study marine biology. We slept well last night. Dan didn’t even get up until about 700. I got up around 730 and went up to join him in the buffet for a while. The new ship’s Captain was having his breakfast at the next table. It turns out that we have met him before – he was the Captain when we were on this ship in 2008. Anyway, I took my book and went up to the library. I did the daily Sudoku puzzle in about 10 minutes. Then I read my book until time for bridge class. We had five tables for the lesson. We really like this guy and enjoy the lessons. After class we came back to the cabin and read until time to go up to lunch. I had a green salad with some shrimp and a tangerine – trying to eat sensibly today. We had 7 tables for bridge – we came in 6th – not a good day. Oh well. After bridge, a quick snack and then we came back to the cabin and watched the lecture on Chinese of the Ming Dynasty and their ships and travels to the African continent. We had not known any of the stuff he talked about. This lecturer is really very interesting and educational. We enjoy all of his lectures. We went to dinner about 630. It was formal night, but we skipped that and went to the Bistro. I had a salad, grilled orange roughy and a fresh fruit plate. Pretty good food day. We are watching chick flick 27 Dresses which I had seen but Dan hasn’t. Another sea day tomorrow. Starting to warm up again as we go north.

 

Another sea day – we are now headed north along the west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.  The fog is gone, but they say the water is cold now, not the warm water on the eastern (Indian Ocean) side. We watched a very interesting BBC show tonight about the oceans on either side of the Cape and how the cold water comes up and how it affects the ocean life. It was amazing and we learned a lot about the incredible variety of sharks and whales and other marine life around the Cape. I told Dan this would sure be an excellent place to study marine biology. We slept well last night. Dan didn’t even get up until about 700. I got up around 730 and went up to join him in the buffet for a while. The new ship’s Captain was having his breakfast at the next table. It turns out that we have met him before – he was the Captain when we were on this ship in 2008. Anyway, I took my book and went up to the library. I did the daily Sudoku puzzle in about 10 minutes. Then I read my book until time for bridge class. We had five tables for the lesson. We really like this guy and enjoy the lessons. After class we came back to the cabin and read until time to go up to lunch. I had a green salad with some shrimp and a tangerine – trying to eat sensibly today. We had 7 tables for bridge – we came in 6th – not a good day. Oh well. After bridge, a quick snack and then we came back to the cabin and watched the lecture on Chinese of the Ming Dynasty and their ships and travels to the African continent. We had not known any of the stuff he talked about. This lecturer is really very interesting and educational. We enjoy all of his lectures. We went to dinner about 630. It was formal night, but we skipped that and went to the Bistro. I had a salad, grilled orange roughy and a fresh fruit plate. Pretty good food day. We are watching chick flick 27 Dresses which I had seen but Dan hasn’t. Another sea day tomorrow. Starting to warm up again as we go north.

 

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