It has been a most beautiful night imaginable. And day, for that matter. A
perfect day. A perfect, beautiful day. I don’t know where to begin.
The air, for starters, is gentle and the sea, calm. This means much more than
you think I’m saying. The air is gentle, not grim and stormy, and the sea, Calm.
I had thought my next blog entry would be about the Bay of Biscay. Green faces,
objects flying through the air all night long, walls, floors, mattresses creaking
and groaning as the ship lurched yet again. Stomachs experiencing zero gravity
for the nth time. It wasn’t fun. The choice was one of drug induced technicoloured
dreams that you-just-could-not-climb-out-of-however-hard-you-might-try* or the
body’s natural response to 3 days on an extreme rollercoaster ride. To think
that people pay for even 10 minutes of this! I’m afraid I was feeling rather
green already when I wrote the last entry and that would have rubbed off on
my tone. It was pretty hard to be excited about anything except surviving another
night, or day, without throwing up.
I didn’t fare as bad as most of the passengers – one poor fellow was
left in his cabin with just his pills and a stick of rock for two days! No one
wanted to stomach anything, we just wanted it to end.
And it did!
Today, as I was saying, was a most perfect day. The seas were calm, but I now
have infinite respect for the energy and potential held within. The air was
soft, but we know our place now. We have been humbled.
Sunset on the monkey island (roof) was silent and eternal. Not a sunset to
die for, not a picture postcard sunset, but a very real, “look at me, I happen
every day and continually, why does it still surprise you?” sunset. Pinks and
oranges. The moon. Mars. And between us and all of these things, the massive
ocean. Water, water everywhere. Everywhere! I love it! We are sailing on the
huge open water. I can’t say it any more bluntly. Sailors will either roll their
eyes or smile to themselves if they read these words. It’s just,– the
ocean. Like trying to describe mountains, I can’t, but I think you know already.
Like describing the ice last year – I didn’t need to; it was exactly as
I knew it would be before I saw it.
This morning we passed Madeira. The ship’s crew are great – they’re taking
us past all the sights that are remotely en route. Cape Verde and the Canaries
next. Somewhere else as we approach S. America. But it was Madeira this morning.
Spanish? No, Portugese. Cake? No, wine, surely. Both? I think so. What else
do you know about this place? Tell me! It was land anyway. And then, since I
was up on deck already, I set up my hammock, pulled out my book and started
gently swinging into the day that lay ahead.