Day 12 – Valencia – Symphony of the Seas

I didn’t get off. Because of the size of this behemoth ship, we docked at a major industrial; shipping port. No walking or hiking, but a mandatory shuttle to the gate. From there one can hike to the city or spent 25E on the contracted round strip busses. This ship has more than 5k worth of passengers and more than 2k of crew. Spend the time in line dealing with sardine can buses, even if they look new and modern? No thank you.

Instead I packed, stitched a bit,  and just wandered around confirming that I really haven’t missed a lot.  It is kind of like a buffet – it is a lot of food, only if you actually eat it.  Swapped emails with a few people and went to the show. It was well done – singing, dancing, and a lot of acrobatics on swings etc which seems to be a new trend. Allegedly the history of flight going from the future back to the Wright Brothers. The take-off on H.G. Wells “War of the Worlds” segment was confusing to most non-English origin members of the audience and I also suspect many of the younger English speaking ones as well. Hello? Dancing and singing green headed costumed individuals? 

The ship was trying to clear out Logo items. I picked up a magnet – the postcards were all gone. I also got a picture of the ship to go with my “crossed the Atlantic” certificate…

The Symphony is scheduled for a 3 week dry dock at one of the Spanish ship yards. So 5K passengers off  and hundreds upon hundreds of contractors boarding tomorrow. 

It should be interesting.  I am headed to the airport and will be flying KLM to Amsterdam followed by a train ride…

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Day 12 – Valencia – Symphony of the Seas

  1. Cat says:

    You certainly get around! Helen and I went out – to morning tea with cousin Tim and his partner. Sunday we go to sell raffle tickets for the last of the wildlife blankets at the Fibre Feast. There is a cross stitch stand there I believe!

    • Holly says:

      I am so jealous. There are places here that sell yarns. Good yarns, but I so don’t need anymore yarn. It seems like the pandemic bell rang out the last of the needlework shops here in Edinburgh. Since we are going to Gkasgow later in the week (and about six times larger a city) I am hoping to find something there.

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