NCL Sun – Day 4 – Lanzarote

This particular island of Spain is a common stop on both Canary Island cruises and transatlantic crossings. The geographic features obvious point toward its volcanic origins with a beautiful cone easily visible from the cruise port in Arrecife. In fact, as I remember the most recent eruption here was in the 1700s.  There was the usual sea wind blowing and the sky was reasonably clear on my walk into town. I had no particular goal other than to stretch my legs and perhaps add to my chocolate stash.

It isn’t a bad hike into town; it is flat and well marked. Wandering down the main street, I checked out a few shops with the usual combination of clothing, shoes, more shoes, and a few bargain shops literally in basements.  A stop at SuperDino netted me chocolate –

with local brands.

After about an hour I hiked back to the ship, arriving just before the rain.

There is a small pub like place on Deck 11 Aft which has pizza for lunch. Several days ago there was also a salad bar. Today it was just pizza and… two huge kettles of broth, one vegetable, one beef. Lined up behind the counter were rows of slightly cone shaped bowls with a sturdy base. When a request is received for a bowl, the contents are quickly dropped into a net and plunged into a third kettle of boiling water. On the front counter were several bowls of adds. Cilantro, fried onion. Jalapeños, and today some minced and cooked beet. Plus a tray containing soy sauce, terriyake sauce, hot sauce, and a container of chili oil. Large spoons and chopsticks also graced the counter.  (I will verify tomorrow that these are rice or bead thread noodles… lunch for the rest of the week).

My phone seems to have decided that it will work if reasonably charged and plugged into head phones. Go figure. I can’t find any logic to it at all. But since it also seems to be willing to take the occasional picture, I am taking it!

I spent the rest of the day quietly stitching on the Owl Forest Vintage Black Sampler which I am not stitching in black. About another 1500 stitches, I now have the clock, more border and a start on the house (with cat, a house must have a cat).

Tomorrow is Las Palmas – not a stop in 2021.


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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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