Seven total days at sea is a very long time.
Last week, I told y’all a bit about cruising and the ship I was on. Other than the seasickness, I really enjoyed the seven days at sea. I was about to work a little on my Unnamed Fantasy Bounty Hunter Story, which I was really excited about. It’s pretty clear to me already that Melyssa, the heroine, is not going to behave the way I want her to. This story is back into familiar fantasy ground for me, and I’m really excited about it. I love writing stories about girls in other worlds who break out of their gender expectations, class structure, or family upbringing to do great things.
I also got to read a little at sea.
Early last week, I posted my review for The Hate U Give. I have my own copy of this book, but I also keep strict rules about my hard copy reading because I have a bad habit of letting new books sit forever while I reread old favorites. For this trip, we needed to pack light so I didn’t pack any hard copy books with me. I immediately bemoaned this decision and found the ship’s library.
I swear, y’all. The Hate U Give was shining out to me from that locked library shelf. I waited anxiously for the place to open to borrow it. And I couldn’t put it down. I’m so glad I read this one, and will be so happy to read it again once it pops up out of my TBR Jar. It’s truly an awesome book.
The other book I got through while on vacation was Just One Damned Thing After Another. This was just a short audiobook and something I’ve had in my collection for a couple years. It definitely not the type of groundbreaking book people are talking about (unlike The Hate U Give) but I LOVED it. It made me laugh all the time, and gave me a world I would love to live in. I really recommend it to anyone who like time travel fantasy and history. It’s a light read, but so much fun.
Surprisingly, I did things other than reading!
The first day at sea, we went to see Burn the Floor, which was incredible. It’s a dance show… but you have to keep in mind… we’re on a boat. You can feel the rocking. These dancers made it all look flawless. I don’t think a single one of them missed a step. I was a little worried about dragging my husband to this show, since he’s not a dance person, but even he thought it was good. Monday night, the seas were rough and the ship was notably rocking back and forth, but not for these dancers. In particular, there was a pair from Australia, and their facial expressions told the stories of the dances so, so well.
The picture above was a well-deserved standing ovation (and photos weren’t permitted, so this was the best I could get – sorry!). I can’t even begin to do swing dance, and they did it on essential a moving platform. A. Maze. Ing.
I’m afraid we aren’t clubbing people, so there are no photo from the dance and party nights that the ship hosted. However, they do themed parties on the deck every night!
We saw comedians more than once. At one of the shows, a girl got up to use the ladies room and the comedian pulled the spotlight on her and said “Incredible, a woman going to the bathroom alone” and made this whole big deal out of it. I felt so bad for her! Needless to say, he wasn’t a favorite.
One day, there was a brief crew talent show.
There were only five performers, but they were all great. One of my favorites, shown above, was a young lady who did a traditional Indonesian dance. Her dress and headdress were incredibly beautiful. I wish I could have gotten a better picture – again, we were in this huge theatre and were sitting fairly far back.
I didn’t take any pictures at the hypnotist’s shows, but we went to see her three times. She was interesting, and spoke a lot about hypnosis as a supplement to medical treatment of pain management. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard that in discussion and been in so full of a room of people who agreed. It was fascinating.
Unfortunately, it was very foggy and rainy on most our days at sea. It was a great time to relax, catch up on sleep, and do happy, lazy things. It was a nice break!
Next week, we’lll get started on the crazy exciting stuff – starting with the Portuguese island group, the Azores. The Azores are stunningly beautiful and I can’t wait to share what I learned!
What would you do with seven days detached from the world? Would you read some backlist books? Go swimming? What some shows or just sleep in? Let me know in the comments!