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... back onto the ship after their brief visit ashore.
We were told to wait, which we duly did, but the old people, steaming in their pac-a-macs following the insistent rain, kept coming on board, blinking in the bright artificial light of the ship and trying to work out where to go. We kept waiting for minute after minute, expecting the stream of pensioners to stop to let us get off, but they just kept coming.
Eventually one of the ...
... was preventable. I kept my mouth shut and couldn't wait to hear Elin's second lecture. This time it was the Indian Ocean. She and three other gals rowed from Australia to Africa. The four of them completed this much longer journey in about the same time as it took Elin and her other amiga to cross the Atlantic.
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... spent an hour updating this blog and checking email. By the time we emerged the queue had gone and in 5 minutes the shuttle bus appeared and took us into the centre of the town. The streets are attractively set out with flower baskets and wide paved walking areas. We wandered along enjoying the interesting architecture. We walked down to the sea side and out on to the landing where we could see our ship and view the large sheltered harbour. Then back ...
... it felt like we were in an aeroplane looking down on the clouds. Never seen so many Agapanthus - they are everywhere. We stayed in a guest house about 2km from the city centre. It was a bit dated, but will live in my memory forever. On the beds there was one pillow each, roughly the thickness of a pillow slip plus a single piece of tissue paper. The thinnest pillows ever seen. I asked for another couple and then we had pillows equivalent to having ...
... routes. The hop on buses can be a pretty good deal for your first time in a city. This one was 18 euros, and it included both routes and was good for 48 hours. They have commentary that is recorded. You plug in the earbuds the give you and select your language. The commentary is pretty weak, but I suspect it offers all the knowledge most people want, and since I read up on places, I can fill in more for myself. A really good tour guide is ...