(That title should definitely be read with your best Monty Python accent....)
So I'm here, and I'm alive. By here, I mean about 100nm north of Cabo along the Baja Coast (where ever the heck THAT is), and by alive, I mean not at the bottom of the ocean. *vyew* WHAT a relief :)
I'm paying $25 for an hour for this internet time so that I can get the word out and post a little about the cruise so far. It's not cheap, but that's what I call 'giving back to my fans'. You're all very worth it, AND you're welcome :) (That was for you Bethy - lol!).
Okay. So the Carnival Elation. It's a very nice boat and I'm having a fabulous time. We left yesterday late afternoon, and the boat didn't sink. We sailed all night, and the boat didn't sink. It's 3:30pm this afternoon, and the boat still hasn't sunk. (Don't worry, I just knocked on wood), so so far, the cruise could not be going better! :) On a slightly more serious note, I actually haven't been stressed or nervous at all, so I've been really relieved. On top of that, the weather could not be more pefect, and the ocean has been breathtakingly beautiful - I keep finding myself back out on one of the decks again because I'm just enjoying gazing at it all. I've been thinking about Jessica Watson (since I love to read her blog) and I still have no idea how she does THAT, but for my couple of days at sea, I find myself really content. Blue gorgeous ocean, blue wide and wonderful skys and perfect sun with just the tiniest chill in the air (except that the chill is dissapearing quickly as we head south - that's been the only tiny bit of a let down - it's getting hot!).
The food has been really yummy, but not 'have to eat absolutely everything' which was actually a big relief. It means I won't gain the 5 pounds I felt myself gaining as I gazed at everything the first time I walked into one of the buffet rooms :)
Today is Sunday, so I've been trying to keep things a little calmer and 'Sunday' like today. It's been a lovely day. I slept in, got up, showered (rooms are really nice and spaciuos actually, and so are the bathrooms, so that's great), and spent most of the day so far talking with my friends Jenny and Brandon Lang (I think Justin and maybe Brecken and Erika are the only ones who'll remember Brandon, but he was a film major at BYU with me and we often did group projects together. Turns out he's on this cruise! I walked into the safety drill on the first day and heard a 'Tammy Munro! What are YOU doing here?!' so it's been really fun to catch up with him. And actually, you should know that while we're on the safety drill, I thought it was very efficient and informative. I know EVERYTHING I have to do if the boat sinks... I just can't remember how to get to the lifeboat I'm supposed to get to.. there were lots of stairs and corridors, and I was talking to the people around me, so I kind of forget how to get there! Jenny reckons she remembers though, so I never leave her side...).
Anyway Tomorrow and Tuesday are our 'days in Cabo'. We're very excited. Jenny and I have finally picked our excursions - we just have to book them, which we'll do shortly. Tomorrow we're planning to go ATV-ing in the Mexican desert in the morning, followed by an afternoon on a catermaran which will take us out to Lands end, and lovers beach and the sea-lion colony. And we'll have the opportunity to go snorkling in a few different bays and reefs. Then Wednesday, we're going (get this) PARASAILING! wooo-hooooo! I'm a tiny bit terrified, but very excited! I really wanted to do something adventurous on this trip, and I figure spending several minutes 600ft above the Mexican coastline harnessed to Jenny and a parashoot should cover it. Awesome, huh?! Besides, this way, for the rest of my life, I find ways to insert the following sentence into conversations: Actually, this reminds me of the time I went parasailing in Cabo... hahaha!
Okay, I'd better go. I've used up the first 30 minutes of my hour (not just on this post - I also had to check my bank account and read my comments - haha!). I will probably leave it a couple of days and then try and post again.
Love you all tons and tons!
PS. Oh, yeah, and if I die, mum gets to chose who gets what - so just let her know if there's anything you'd like... :)