20 May 2012, Gail’s trip log

We are still chugging away at about 17 knots off the coast of West Africa. Woke up about 700 and went up to find Dan at the buffet. Had some fruit and yogurt and coffee. We have an amazing array of fresh fruit available to us all day – grapes, strawberries, bananas, kiwis, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya and three kinds of melon – also, tangerines, apples and oranges – although these are whole fruit at the end of the row of other fruit to serve from bowls. One morning there were even some fresh raspberries. I am getting thoroughly spoiled. I did my daily Sudoku puzzle and then took my book up to the library to read until time for bridge class. It gets too noisy in the buffet area for me to read. Dan is much more sociable than I am and he likes to chat with all of the people at the other tables. I get tired of that after a while and go hide with a book. Bridge class was good, as usual. After our day in Senegal tomorrow, we will e starting a new unit of the class. After class we went back to the cabin to watch the port lecturer talk about the Cape Verde Islands, which will be our next stop in a few days. Around 1230 we went up to get some lunch – it was really a zoo in the buffet but we found a table. I had a large salad with turkey, cheese, and avocado and a couple of not-so-good-for-me items to go with my coffee – oh well, could be worse. Our bridge game this afternoon was very disappointing. We had hoped to do better, but came in last. Oh well, we just keep playing and trying to improve. A little snack after the game and then back to the cabin to watch the second half of the presentation on Christopher Columbus – very interesting. We decided to go to the Bistro tonight at 630 instead of 730 and we still had to wait 15 minutes for a table, but is still faster than going to the dining room. I had an antipasto plate, broiled orange roughy and fresh asparagus, and a custard apple tart. Back in the cabin and getting ready for our tour tomorrow in Dakar, Senegal. We are watching Romancing the Stone, which Dan has never seen before. I had forgotten how funny it is.

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