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Plague Ship of the Coral Sea

We are now official members of the plague ship, having both developed snuffles, sore throats and coughs. However nothing 350 dollars worth of Dr’ s visits and drugs won’t cure.

We are still ahead of paying travel insurance, oddly all those with travel insurance seem to avoid going to the Dr- some say they have their lurgy for 3 weeks- nuts!!!!

Last night we had a force 9 gale, I admit it, I woke up and wondered where my lifejacket was… Some people slept midships in the foyer area!!!! Down to force 7 today and supposed to abate.

Can’t remember where I was up to last time, think it was Iwo Jima, anyway Guam was great from my shopaholic point of view- they had a Maceys and Maceys have clothes for vertically challenged people. T never batted an eyelid as 3 pairs of trousers joined a pile of other bits and pieces- I cannot believe it, being able to buy trousers that do not need taking up.

Guam, is your usual tropical island and because the americans are there it is a lot like Hawaii. Japanese visit in droves and we saw two weddings. Great beaches but no time too much shopping. The North Korean nutters actions provided a spice of excitement with being in a target area.

Then a few more days locked on the plague ship and -Rabaul!

We should have gone along to Kokopo and sniffed out VSA but we were both a bit under the weather so just wandered the cracked and broken streets of Rabaul. Earthquakes here plus a volcano- still belching crap into the air, put paid to Rabaul as town but not as a harbour.

The locals are typical melanesians? micronesians?  The ship’s lecturer calls them Austronesians and includes Maoris in with them.

Anyway very dark and lots with blonde hair. Lots of rasta coloured bags for sale, thought of a few people who might appreciate them!!! Plus usual shell necklaces.

The live volcano made breathing tricky for T and think it made his cold accelerate. However he is on the mend, and afloat in expensive antibiotics.

A  widdle joke….

In Yokohama, cold and wet I was suddenly hit with the urge, raced downstairs in  a small mall and found a public loo, threw the door open, threw the knickers down and horror- no the lid was not still down- have encountered that , but the seat was warm- bugger I thought have widdled on the seat- BUT NO!!!! It was a lovely Japanese heated toilet seat- I sat for sometime.

No back jokes just that I have had no pain for at least 2 weeks and can touch my toes again. So a combination of exercises and I suspect no gardening for a time has provided a small miracle.

 So here we are in the Coral Sea, raging wind, temperature down to 22c and Brisbane tomorrow. Good thing about the wind is that some of the lame and halt stay in thier cabins….

T now has an elite cruising pin entitling him to free laundry on the plague ships, he thinks he may decline it!!!!!!

Ships with more than 600 passengers and away for more than 3 weeks are to be avoided in future.

 

1 Comment

  1. That gale in the coral sea is bringing much needed rain to our gardens tomorrow -thank goodness!

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