Hotel Ocean Blue
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Today was a wonderful day. We hooked up with Pat (he's the guy whose fiance had to leave in Lima to go back to work) and took the shuttle into Manta. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is too far away to get to unless we fly. We got off the shuttle at the Civic Center and found a taxi to take us to Monte Christie, the best place to buy Panama hats. It's a charming little area ...
... chairs, bikes, crockery, food, and so much more were going to the village with 100 crew from our ship. The crew would be repairing the roof and doing many other jobs for the school, while the school children and parents came to the ship for lunch and entertainment. We set out on our own today, catching the shuttle bus into town. Most shops were closed as it was a Sunday, but a bustling market was ...
... mid-70s, as we sail off the coast of Peru towards Lima. Apparently an air current running through this area keeps it rather cool despite being so close to the equator. Panama and Ecuador were quite hot and steamy though. As I mentioned I heard John Amos speak the other night, but on the way back to the ship from Manta, I was actually on the same shuttle with him and had a chance to speak with him and get a picture which was pretty cool. Last night we met the cruise ...
... the major commercial activity resolves around commercial tuna fishing.
Stopped by my cabin, then went to the buffet for lunch, then outside at 3:15 to take photos of Manta from the upper decks. Watched fish being unloaded from a rusty ship, the Nova Caledonia, also docked at our pier and then driven away in square metal containers on the back of a flat-bed truck and inside a 20-foot container.
Read by the pool and swam, then watched as we sailed away ...
... to a port,as things were worse than we thought(mind you Manta may not be the prettiest port). When we got in we discovered we had broken an engine mounting. That was bad enough, but sadly the excessive movement and vibration caused the bolts on the sail drive coupling to loosen and the seal was leaking. As if to rub it in the bilge pump switch failed and we were filling the engine compartment with gooey black mix of old engine oil ...
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