Day 49 - At Sea
|Monday, November 27, 2023: Look at all of that lovely French toast. We spent the morning working on photos and captions from the last two days in Cape Town.
|Around noon, we went to the Lido for lunch. All of the seats were taken, so we went out to the pool area where we found plenty of places to sit.
|We spent some time on the balcony, looking at our wake. It was a perfect day with no clouds to be seen and all the sun you could want.
|LEGO Debbie and Tom spent the day at sea underwater, looking for sharks. Actual Debbie can be seen reflected in the glass.
|At 4:00 PM, there was another block party so that everyone could meet their new neighbors who boarded in Cape Town. Our hallway didn't have any newcomers, so we spent time chatting with neighbors that we already knew. On the left are Cheryl and Randy, and on the right are Carmel and Bruce.
|Beyond Carmel and Bruce were a couple that had gone on an overland trip to a private elephant preserve and were sharing their photos and their stories.
|Crew members brought around trays of hors d'oeuvres, including one with chips and salsa, which Tom had been craving for weeks.
|An officer came by with a bottle of wine, pushing a sleeping child in a stroller and trailed by a shy girl dressed as a fairy princess unicorn, complete with sparkly unicorn horn face paint.
|When Captain Friso and Chantal came by with more wine, Martha had them pose for a quick picture. Martha had been on a snorkeling tour with us in Zanzibar and we only now realized that we were next door neighbors. We got to know Gary and Sheila a little more after having met them at one of the previous block parties. Gary emailed Tom a bagel recipe that he swears is the best.
|We went to the main dining room for dinner and saw this mini Christmas display that was being constructed in the dining room entrance.
|The napkins on the tables were all different colors, ...
|... because tonight was the special Braai Dinner.
|We ordered two of the special cocktails. Tom got the grilled jalapeño chipotle margarita, and Debbie got the braai melting pot, which was a Bloody Mary that was supposed to have marinated vegetables and meat skewers. We're not quite sure where the meat and veggie skewers went, but both drinks were quite tasty.
|As usual, the crew decorated the menu with some really great clip art.
|We started with Bobotie spring roll, which had apricot chutney, raisins, mixed greens, and ground beef with curry, ...
|... followed by a main course of African spiced ostrich on sweet potato puree with hazelnut dukkah and spicy spinach. It tasted just like beef, which was no surprise to Debbie who ate ostrich as an appetizer at dozens of client dinners over the years.
|For dessert, Debbie had the South African milk tart, while Tom had crème brûlée because apparently he hates adventure.
|We were sailing northwest from Cape Town, and the sunset was now blocked by the body of the ship. We still got the beautiful orange glow though, so we were content. Let the people on the port side enjoy the sunset from their balconies for a change.
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