You call that a hippo, this is a hippo!
Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
24Trip End Nov 20, 2007
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Just found out that the California fires are threatening the home of Michael and James our friends just east of LA - we had no idea the fires were anywhere near there. The coverage is very focused on San Diego, but they do seem to be all over California and the number of people evacuated seems quite unbelievable. There must be many people on the ship who are from California or who have family / friends there - not a nice way to spend their holiday worrying about home.
We woke early to watch the entry into the harbour before daylight.
We head off around the main island; Pete thinks it looks like he would expect Lebanon or Israel to look like - lots of rock walls and very dry. We are very lucky that all of us are quite active - Hank and Suzanne are celebrating their 50 somethingth wedding anniversary, but must have married when they were 5 or 6.
First stop Mdina, an ancient walled town not too far our of Valetta.
We get to the Blue Grotto (cave in incredible blue water), but the sea is too rough to enter.
Instead of Hagar Qim we go to a cave called/at Gar Dhalam
We then head to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk for lunch - Ron's seafood restaurant
Hypogeum is...odd...but fantastic.
The tour is pretty much over but we're a bit early so instead of just dropping us in the town they drive us around and give us a guided tour.
and take some picks. Can't work out how to get on board then Al realises he's lost his ship card. ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
So..... we trace our steps back along the dock and there it is, on the ground, right at the end.
Get back to the cabin and there is a shorex brochure for Lisbon-Rio that we don't initially take any notice of.
Then I have a bot more of a read and notice there is a Marrakech shorex as we are in dock for 13 ½ hours instead of 12. The Marrakech trip is 12 ½ hours so they weren't possible with our original port time. We quickly discuss and even though it's $230 each we know this is something we really want to do so I go down to the shorex office and they are taking a list, suppose it's a wait list but there is nothing to wait for, it's all new - we're both 100% sure we want to go if we can, hope they can get enough people. There'll definitely be room for Richard and Linda now with Tangier Tour but we don't want to say anything until the HAL shorex is confirmed.
Another fun dinner swapping port stories. All go to the show together. Very funny guy called David Copperfield. No, not that one. This guy's English and extremely talented. Singer, comedian, musician. Bit worried he might get Al up on stage as he's right at the end but he picks some guys a couple of rows in front of us. Then he spies Mary and Karen across the other side of the lounge and Mary is his target for the rest of the night. He was fantastic. Big thumbs up from everyone we've spoken to. Late night but HAL shorex tomorrow so no effort required.