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Water water water

The Pacific is a wiiiiiiiiiide ocean

sunny 70 °F

So we have now been at sea for six days and after saying farewell to the Golden Gate Bridge (two times, remember?), we have seen nothing but water water everywhere: no sticks, no leaves, no other boats, no birds. Each day has grown progressively warmer until today when some ventured into the pool for a volleyball game and then to swim. Bill went to French class, Hope to a poolside cooking demo on the chef’s approach to cooking pork, Huli Huli chicken and beef Pacific style (lots of spices and rubs) and a fresh tuna salad. Then lectures on the history & geology of Tahiti, a seriously competitive trivia game and tea with the ship’s grand resident pianist. Late in the day we took to the jogging track for 9 laps (one mile). Sunday’s sermon is finished, the bulletin has been sent off to be printed and we are resting up for dinner. Two more sea days to go before we reach our first port, Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesas, part of French Polynesia.

The theme of this cruise, A Tale of Tales, was evident this morning when we were given a lovely notebook, pen and motivational thoughts about keeping a travel journal (doesn’t this blog count?). We also had dinner with Pico Iyer and his wife Hiroko, and relished the conversation with this delightful travel writer and spiritual writer. We’ll let you know more after hearing his lecture on Sunday.

We find ourselves both excited about the travel ahead of us and missing you all, interested in what we will see and hear in these months – and sad that we will not see and hear your news. So if you want to say hello, you can leave a comment/greeting at billandhope.travellerspoint.com.

We are still baffled by the photo upload process. The ship's IT officer counsels patience. We don't have much of that left --- but pix soon, we hope.


Posted by HopeEakins 12:04

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Hello Bill and Hope. Lorna and I are loving your blog. Your writing is full of warmth, humour, and engaging details. Just like Bill Bryson’s.

Thanks for mentioning me on your first day out. I cannot follow your position and speed at this point because you are out of range. Clearly, my powers of perception have their limits.

We will be following you into the Pacific on Monday aboard the Crystal Serenity. Our first stop will be Honolulu and Sunday-morning communion at the Anglican Cathedral near Chinatown.

I’ve checked and found that our itineraries will not intersect. So sorry. But we can intersect via the Internet. Almost as good.

Cheers, Ross

by Ross Pennie

Hi! We miss you! We love you! We like your pictures and looking at where you go. XOXO

by Margaret, Lucy, and Jack

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