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Few more pics

The big hump you see in the background is Nevis which is right across the channel from St. Kitts.

This was the view from my office window today.  I was, however, not in the office I was on the beach for some of the day, but was trying to hike to the top of a hill that had radio antennae on it to see if it would be a good paraglider launch.  I think if the winds are from the East and not howling, it would be great.  It has a fairly clear launch, a quick turn to the right would have you ridge soaring an even higher face and then if you can thermal up, I think you could make it to a ridge that is about 3 km long and there is a big area along the pond where you can land.  Maybe next time.  If they let me off the ship next time.  I went to a training today but intentionally missed one this afternoon.  This kind of fell under the “easier to ask forgiveness than permission” thing…. which it totally is.  I got a little chewed out by the spa manager, well let’s just call it a reminder of the commitment that Celebrity has to Safety First. 

The spa manager, by the way, is great.  I’m sad that the next cruise is going to be her last and we will get a replacement.  Part of the revolving staff that is boat life. 

Speaking of Celebrity’s commitment.  These ships generate A LOT of trash, sewage, recyclables.  They have to have a waste treatment plant, incinerator and  desalinaters (for shower and waste water).  They sell off recyclables at the end of the cruise, discharge things that are safe to discharge (but only 12nm offshore which is cool because the law says, I think, 9nm)  Pretty impressive operation and one of the things you probably don’t think of, where does all my trash, water, bottles go.

That is a twenty gallon bucket full of cantelope scraps.  JUST cantelope.  They go through a lot of melon on this ship.  I guess if you are going to feed almost 2,700 passengers and crew, you are going to go through a lot of something.  I just caught the bucket of cantelope skins. 

3 sea days and 1,500 nm to Baltimore, then the show is mine.  I’m OK with that and am ready to start making some cash.  Let’s see how the next few days go.

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October 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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St Kitts is not a crappy island, or I just didn’t get far enough off the reservation to see it.  It is, of course, gorgeous- verdant mountains in an unreal caribbean blue sea.  Across the channel is Nevis, which at this distance looks like a stand in for King Kong island.  Today the pressure was just right so that the top of Nevis had a cloud cap most of the day.

I had to go to Sexual Harassment training this morning (it is a requirement for all new crew) and it was as exciting as you might imagine the head of training and development, tried to breathe some life into compulsory corporate training, but the patient was dead on arrival.  Then, later, as part of the employee appreciation week, they closed the messes and put on a multicultural buffet in the big fancy-pants restaurant, the Manhattan.  The food wasn’t so multicultural but seeing the most part of the crew in one place was.  I’m still amazed by how many nationalities are represented here and interestingly enough people tend to cluster by nationalities to certain jobs.  The “bridge stripes” tend to be Greek, engine room guys seem overwhelmingly Ukrainian, cabin cleaners overwhelmingly from India.

I got to go ashore today and decided to get out of the port mall and take a walk along the shore.  Now as pretty as the island is, when I say shore you might be thinking beach.  Don’t.  It was the kind of shore that is laid with concrete with huge boulders set in it.  The crevices between the boulders serves as a fantastic collector for trash and the walkway was…well, it could be charitably described as unimproved.

Not far from the spectacular deals on Rolexes were a group of young boys swimming off a small pier, just kids having a good time.  Further down was a clutch of older men sitting in the shade on the breakwater, one of them was working on a small flask sized bottle of some kind of white liquor.  This stretch of the island wasn’t for servicing tourists, it was not clean or kept, things were rusting and falling down.  It is a shame it was Sunday because I passed a small restaurant that had a chalk board and yesterday’s special was garlic curry conch,dammit, a day too soon.  This was the part of town where you get your hurricane shutters and your rent car, where boats are parked on trailers and have been there long enough to have plants growing out of them.

I really wanted to get to the peninsula because it looked, on google earth, that it would be a good place to fly my paraglider, but it is farther away than a good walk and will have to wait until next time and I will have to get a cab.  On the way back, I passed the old man who had been drinking and he called me over.  I wasn’t sure if I was about to get panhandled or what, but went over anyway.  His name was Oliver, old with more fingers than teeth.  He was just interested in where I was from and what I was doing.  I asked him what a fair taxi price would be to get over to the peninsula, and he told me, “Oh maybe $50 US.”  I told him that that was way too much and he agreed then told me that if I bought him some gas he would take me.

Tough decision
cheap ride
drunk old guy
Maybe next time

Tomorrow is St Maarten and my day off, except for STAR training at 9:15.  I have been told to go to Orient beach, the riviera of the caribe and the premier clothing optional beach.  Hmmmm Naked elderly dutch men.   Guess I will have to sleep on it.

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments