16.10.2010 30 °C
The last stop of the Canary Islands was Santa Cruz @Tenerife. There were two divers and two snorkelers booked so I was the lucky third person to have a free day.
Walking away from the harbor usually takes ages, well it was a 15-20 minute walk until I reached the city. I didn’t plan an active sightseeing tour, so all I saw were the streets around Santa Cruz, again pretty hilly and as usual you could find McDonalds (meeting point of all crew members who are free because there is free internet :-P ), H&M, Zara and so on. I was looking for a supermarket and I had to ask around until I found it somewhere in the back streets. Often I find it more interesting to walk around in the back streets as you get to know the city better than walking on the shopping street.
As with the other islands of the Canary Islands, I found that Tenerife is nice, but I would not necessarily book my holidays there.
Whoop whoop, today I went to Fatburning- and to a “tummy, legs, bum” course in the morning! Naturally, my male colleagues make fun of me, but being able to eat all the time in our restaurant could end dramaticly on my body, lol. Luckily, diving involves some serious lifting which adds to my sport exercises. ;-)
Days at sea
Today is the second day at sea and tomorrow we will arrive at Cape Verde. This morning we had a safety exercise again, as we have some other duties than the other part of the crew. I also learnt that we are the last few people to leave the ship in case of an abandon ship announcement, i.e. only when all rescue boats are boarded with crew and passengers, it is our turn to be called to leave our Assembly points to also go to the rescue boats. Hmm, very nice :-P
In the afternoon I was on the crew sun deck for a while to enjoy the sun. It’s already pretty warm and the sea is really flat, I’m really impressed!
During the last days I got to know the ship better, I usually know now where to walk. Just sometimes I hear Thomas or Andre saying: Jasmin, where do you wanna go, we need to go right (or left..). Well I’m getting there ;-)
I have been here for one week today! It is really hard to explain the feeling of the life on a ship. It’s like a small village on many levels in which you walk around all day. Well I really cannot find the words, it’s just really exciting. (Let’s see how long that lasts..hehe) Today my last “job” is to put on a pretty coat and welcome the guests at the restaurants…haha…”Good evening, hello, enjoy your meal,…”…well, somebody has to do it, ey?
Tomorrow we arrive at Mindelo. We don’t have lots of diving activities during the next few weeks, so I will join the Scouts and translate some tours. I am pretty excited for tomorrow, as we will explore Mindelo by Mini Bus! That way I get to see heaps of our tours as well! :-)
I just found out yesterday that 2 ladies of the famous show of the Schmitt Theatre of Hamburg are on board. I watched their show in January and when I saw them walking around on board in their costumes I thought I recognized them. They looked hilarious (as in their play) but Thomas fooled me and said they were normal passengers…lol…but today I met them at my sports class and I saw them as normal persons.
Another famous person on the ship is Kay Ray! Some of you know him probably, he is performing at the Wollfabrik in Schwetzingen!! I’ll definitely go and see his show!
You cannot find any newspaper on board! Also, as of yesterday, we don’t get any TV channels on TV anymore :-) (Cant watch me series anymore!!! Haha) That’s why we have the AIDA News! It’s also handy to look up what date or day it is! I am already confused! Also the time is constantly adapted! Luckily in a good way for us, we always get one hour more sleep as long as we move towards Brazil!!
I’m looking forward to the excursion tomorrow and hope that my German translations will be adequate! ;-)