and it is Monday. I know it is Monday by the fact that I can see the day and date on my watch. We have already survived four hours of clock turn back and not missed any meals.
Breakfast is fine with melon, musli and coffee. Lunch I am limiting myself to soup and salad which means that I can indulge myself at dinner.
One of the advantages of fixed seating at dinner (which can also turn out to be a horrible disadvantage) is that you have dinning companions. If you are travelling with family/friends it might not matter. Traveling by myself, it has turned out to be a fun and fascinating experience.
At my table is a Russia couple. Dimitri speaks Russian. He does not acknowledge speaking anything else – even so – I know that he follows both German and English quite well. Tatyana speaks Russian and German (University translator) so she spends part of each meal translating for him. Victoria is Romanian – but has lived the last 40 years in Berlin (West). Her German is clear, she also wants to work on her English. We have a couple from Rhode Island (both of whom are originally from Boston – complete with accent). They met originally through their jobs as registered medical laboratory technicians. Denise has just retired after more than a few years working Chem/Hemotology. Dave is still working in a immunology lab on one of the VA cancer projects. Finally – we have a Canadian couple from Calgary. Richard retired a few years ago and Donna has just hung up one of her many jobs in the last couple of years. She is a former travel agent and obviously a love of travel is still ongoing.
What is also obvious, not just with this particular group – is that repositioning/transatlantic travellers are usually not not first time cruisers. You have to be in a certain mindset in order to really appreciate the long time it takes to get somewhere (along with the fact that it quite reasonably priced). Sea days really have to be your thing, and you can’t be really easily bored.
It is now back to the knitting and classical guitar in the Atrium.