Nautie Friends, it's been a doozy of a few days. This is a story about: A hard port stay, an iPhone in the water, and the Suez Canal.
We departed a port that shall not be named...I know, that makes you feel like I'm keeping secrets...and I am....sorta.
What I will say about said port stay is that it was a lot of work. The crew did the majority of the rigging and they also did the majority of the 'difficult' lifts. This meant that after three days we were tired.
Every night, they made us shift to a different berth at midnight. Do you know what you don't want to do at midnight? Shift to a new berth.
During one of the shifts I dropped my iPhone in the water. I'm sure this seems like no big deal. Except, I'm addicted to my iPhone. I am now without a means of taking pictures on a whim while on deck and I am also without an alarm clock. This is a big deal. I also don't want to talk about how I had just activated my very pricey international data package.
Once the hard port stay drew to an end and after I cried about my phone (I didn't really cry but I could of if I had had the time) it was a ten hour transit to the Suez Canal.
Throughout the last week I've had an Ani DiFranco song lyric stuck in my head. It has gotten me through the days. It helped me modulate my tone of voice on the radio when I'm really cranky but know the other person doesn't deserve crankiness. It helped me remember that everyone is tired. It helped me remember that it might suck but it will suck more if people stop being nice.
'Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there's no escape, there's no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.'
I was so nice in the Suez Canal it isn't even funny.
Thank Goodness at some point I decided to sit down and write all about how crazy the Suez Canal is. Thank Goodness I've also written about how it sucks going from a port really close to the Canal straight into the canal. (Also, just fyi the previous link is missing some photos...I don't know where they went...my bad...) Because seriously, the last thing I feel like doing when I get out of the ditch is write about it.
I wanted to pretend like the last few days didn't even happen and just provide you with some old posts to read! But then I decided to suck it up and be nice....so I provided you with some old posts to read and some new photos!
A mini gallery for your viewing pleasure: