We like to order breakfast in our room so that we don't have to begin our day making small talk with strangers. There are people who excel at this and although we can do it when we need to, it isn't our preferred way of starting the day. Win-win for everyone!
After breakfast we learned that if we needed to switch out our parkas if the fit wasn't right we could head over to the observation lounge (just down the hall from our room.) It was great that they offered this service but our parkas fit just fine so we didn't partake in the activity. The only trouble we had was with the damn zipper that got incessantly stuck. Since this was a problem everyone was having we decided to just deal with it. We were told by a member of the expedition crew that the reason it stuck was because it needed to be worked back and forth for a while. Um. Ok. We'll see.
We decided to walk around the ship and figure out the lay of the land. Since it wasn't a very large vessel it wasn't that difficult although I did get turned around a few times.
We had a delicious lunch in the Colonnade Restaurant. There we met Alina, the wine hostess who worked diligently to recommend a local wine and/or learn our preferences. I had Santa Margarita, Pinot Grigio with a Chicken Caesar Salad and Michael had a beer and combination of goodies from the buffet. All delicious.
After lunch we decided to go to a lecture from the ship's photographers, Pat and Rosemarie Keough who spoke on the subject of "How to Take Better Pictures." There were some nuggets of information in the lecture but what was the coolest part of it for me was seeing some of the photos they had taken in the Antarctic. It gave me something to strive for in my own photos. Michael was learning about the "rule of thirds" and the "sweet spot" in a photo for the first time.
That evening the Captain gave a Welcome Gala Reception in the Grand Salon (formal dining room) which we decided to skip. We decided to eat in the Colonnade again and go back to our room and watch bad T.V.
Michael and I travel mostly because we like learning and experiencing new things, seeing new places and learning about different cultures and food that only comes from getting out and about in the world.
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