photography, travel

2 of 10

There’s a Facebook meme going around. A bunch of them really. 10 things you are thankful for. 10 albums that impacted you. 10 travel photos.

Ok so T – my very first friend from my Asia trip – tagged me in the travel photos challenge. 10 photos, 10 days, no explanation, tag someone else. (Yeah, my wall on FB is locked down tight and I’m not assigning homework to anyone. But if this inspires you, feel free to consider yourself challenged!

So: Day 2 of 10

IRL: Happy anniversary!

adventures abroad, travel

Across the Tasman

There isn’t much in the way of pictures for the next 2 days on board, because it’s largely windy and rainy on top of far-from-land, and thus for the most part, not much to see outside. I join Alan for the Captain’s Luncheon, as promised. It’s a private event for the 40 or so Most Cruised passengers (and a guest as desired, which is why I am there). For every 6 passengers, one of the senior staff joins the table. At ours, that’s Antonio, the senior Engineer, originally from Italy and scheduled to retire there next year. He and Alan talk “ship” and we cross-talk with the other passengers. Continue reading “Across the Tasman”

adventures abroad, photography, travel

Another odd thing

And after my mixed-review shore excursion the next odd thing for the day is that later than evening, when I joined the gang for dinner, Steve seemed to be flirting with me. I know, that probably doesn’t sound like a calamity to you, but trust me… I’m already flirting-impaired. I am not remotely looking for a shipboard flirtation/short-term romance/fling/whatever.

So this is just awkward for me, all the way around. But OK. It’s just a little bit of flirting over dinner. Not a big deal, right? Even if it IS someone I’m assigned to see at dinner literally every night?

Then after dinner, since I had lost my Wii Fit Meter (I supposed in the Theatre, while waiting for my excursion to Christchurch), and since he was planning to go see the show there right after dinner, he went with me. Continue reading “Another odd thing”

adventures abroad, photography, travel

Tauranga

TOE♦ron♦ga

Sunrise over the port at Tauranga (2014, aka gringita)
Sunrise over the port at Tauranga (2014, aka gringita)

I will massacre most of the Maori place names along the way. Tauranga is the first one. I want to say TorANGa and it’s more like TORonga. (for the ones I’m most often get wrong, approximate pronunciations are included as above; my apologies to the locals if I’ve still messed it up… let me know and I’ll try to do better)

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