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Two quiet sea days are now very much welcomed after such a fantastically energetic and inspiring holiday. I feel the need to wind down and relax to prepare for the rest of a very very busy term ahead.
We have a big concert in November so rehearsals will start for that in a few weeks, and I must also begin to think about some music rehearsals for my youth group performance of Dido and Aeneas in February - it sounds a long way off but the time will fly and it will be upon us.
There is also a week in Yorkshire working with the Renaissance ladies which I know will be challenging as well as interesting, the more advanced the singer, the more challenging the work. Exams are looming too, with a few high grades and a number of starters, obviously the repertoire for these baby exams is simple and uncomplicated, but one never knows what might happen with an under 8 on the day, so I always feel as if they are being very much nursed along to ensure the whole thing is a very positive experience.
So we are sailing past Denmark as I write, the only way I know this on what seems like open sea is when my phone pings and BT tells me that I am using data in……..Estonia, Denmark, Sweden or Timbuktu! Fortunately nowadays they have agreements with telephone companies, so infact I just use my normal contract amount and don't come home to a bill the size of Aberdeen !
The sailing day revels do not really appeal to Kate and myself, although the late night buffet last night was a triumph of artistry and culinary wizardry but having just finished late sitting dinner we were not really ready for more splendid food.
There was a langoustine mountain, a huge chocolate dragon, a butternut squash waterfall, a butter mermaid pouring cream from a jug and sugar sculptures which would have graced the Tsar’s table in the Winter Palace. It was a sight to behold, and we found out that the ice carving man was also fully employed carving fruits and vegetables during cruises - that was his ‘real’ job ! How astonishing.
Off for a good coffee and a relax. The sun has appeared so it may be possible to sit up on a high deck which would be lovely.
Signing off from the Baltic Adventure, it has been a cracking experience. Over and out.
Friday, 22 September 2017
We had a later start today due to the fact that we gained back one hour during the night, oddly the time changes between time zones always happens at 2am ? One would think it would click over at midnight, but no, every ship I have ever been in has said to set your clocks back or forward by one hour - and the change would happen at 2am !
A message came over the sound system from the captain telling us that the docking was now impossible as the Seawalk was not usable, so we would be dropping anchor and tendering to the land.
Thus after a cabin breakfast we ventured out into the rain and chill, wrapped up in our Paradise waterproofs to sample the sights of Nyashamn which is a port one hour from Stockholm. It was a cold and slightly bumpy tender to shore, but not in any way problematical. The port area did not look promising, and doing as we were told we followed the blue painted line on the ground into the Zentrum of the small town. In essence it was walking by a busy road into the depths of nowhere. We soon noticed folk on their way back to the ship, clearly having only been on land for 30 mins or so, therefore as the 10th group past by in the opposite direction to ourselves we made enquiries if the long and somewhat dull walk was worth it for the end product ! The answers were a universal no - most places were closed and it was not worth bothering with. We turned tail and legged it back to the ship, carefully following the blue line and finally arrived back to the tender dock, a mere 45 minutes after leaving the boat !
The dock was almost deserted, only shivering crew in great coats, wooly hats and thick gloves were there, the lifeboat tender was bobbing at the tied rope, only a quarter full of gloomy passengers slowly sinking into a frozen state. We joined them under the canopy bemoaning our wasted time in the cold ! Of course in reality nothing is ever wasted as…………
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