A wedding

Nothing too unusual about this I guess. Apart from it wasn’t in England? So 2 of my lovely mates (one of whom was Argentinian) were getting married in Buenos Aires – Lydia and Pazi. Small issue of it taking place in the middle of my 4 month contract. However, a little sweet talking to the office managed to get me the time off to fly from Auckland to Argentina and back again to join another ship. Logistics sorted and off I went.

Never having been to Argentina before it was always going to be a little surprise when I arrived. The smells were all different, the place just looked busy, the people all looked happy, but most of all… I realised no-one could speak English. It was Spanish or charades. Take your pick.

My Spanish = zero. Charades… Thanks.

I did thankfully have a screenshot of the name of the hotel and a few Peso’s so jumped in a cab and got moving. Arriving at the hotel, I met the chap in charge who could speak English… phew!

After a bit of chat, with him explaining the bus routes, I was back out exploring the place. I had pretty much 24 hours alone before the rest of the gang started turning up, which would equate to the start of drinking alcohol and then little if any sight seeing. I jumped on the next bus and got moving…

1st Stop: La Boca.

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How do you even describe this place? It felt like a Carnival town with colours popping out at you everywhere you look. A short walk further on you find yourself facing the Bombonera – the football ground for the Juniors.

With not much time to spare I carried on moving. Back on a bus and found myself walking round some old cellars at El Zanjon. The guide was giving us a nice history of the place, explaining how all the immigrants turned up from Europe…

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As much as I wanted to stay and chat, I carried on walking…

I found myself walking to the Japanese gardens, which was where a lovely insect decided to bit down hard on my Achilles and make me bleed everywhere…

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Then onto the Museo Evita, and further still to the Floralis Generica:

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I’m sure I was over my recommended steps for the day, but carried on nevertheless… Onwards to the Hipodromo:

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There were actually several other touristy sightseeing places I visited, but the amount of photos is getting silly…

I popped out that night to see one of the brides for a drink over in Palermo. Taking a picture of the Obelisco on the way to the subway…

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The next day… and sightseeing stopped…

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Not to worry… the main event is the wedding! We had a couple more days to bum around Argentina before we arrived at the pre wedding party the day before the wedding, which took place in Tigre. We drank, we jumped in the pool, we decorated things, we drank a bit more and we ate food. We met the rest of the Argentinian wedding party, who could also speak no English… More charades.

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We had also purchased lodgings in the middle of the jungle about a 45min walk from the wedding house. Walking through a jungle, drunk, pitch black, with a bunch of other people who are in the same state at 2am is quite fun I have to admit…

The next day, feeling a little less than 100%, the wedding commenced.

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It really was a beautiful wedding. These people love their food, and drink, and a good party. There was more than enough of all the above to keep a small town happy for a month.

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The brides were loving it – as were all the grandma’s…

… and if you weren’t involved in the 1st dance… don’t you worry…

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The only problem was that it had to end.

I’ll leave you with the poster I created with the signatures of some of the wedding party…

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A Bunch of Randoms

It seems I’ve gone too long without posting anything. If I’m honest there hasn’t been much of interest happening out here??! However, I’ve decided to scroll through the photos on my phone and see if there really is anything happening over here that is remotely interesting… Zzz…

So far if found a leicester built marine machine hanging by the harbour in Hobart…

Fun little overnight that involved cider… and a chat with my mates about how wonderful leicester is for building machines like this… (still don’t actually know what it is… but it all made sense after a couple of ciders)

I then had the dubious pleasure of meeting a cockroach in my cabin in the early hours of the morning as I was getting dressed. The little blighter was pretty quick on his feet but I managed to catch him under a paper cup.

… which he managed to escape from and then hid under my bed. He was caught a few days later in a roach trap… not quite as clever as he thought he was…

Obviously no contract would be the same without a few medical disembarks. These are so much easier when u can simply wheel the little blighters off the gangway… however, the current cruising involves a whole lot of tendering… which makes the transportation a bit more tricky… but also gives u a chance to go for a boat ride…

I’ve seen a man fall from a low hanging rope several times…

… and how about a little picture of my office… which is actually just a very long narrow pharmacy area with a computer dumped at the end…

How do I follow an office pic…?! Well maybe a pic of some of the team spring cleaning ready for a public health inspection…

People do end up leaving… and it’s always s good opportunity to get a pic of the whole team together…

From the left… nurse, me, environmental officer… who’s best mates with the senior doctor who’s next to her and has ended up as an extra medic, then the crew doctor and the other nurse…

A pretty big part of the contract has been all our time at the gym!?! Weirdly?! We’ve been pretty consistent… and I can’t remember a time without sore muscles…

Along with gym duty… we have to set up the odd medical post on some of the more remote islands… we sit there, looking professional, handing out plasters mainly…

Every now and again… they’ll arrange for a crew dinner… this is where our culinary skills really come into play as they get all the officers to serve the crew… this one was a BBQ arranged out on the aft morning deck…

Then u have competencies to complete for the new to sea nurses… and who better to test the equipment out then the actual new to sea nurse… I mean it’s always important to know how the patient feels!

Days off can include anything… I’m currently sat in a book shop in Sydney… eating a salmon bagel and stealing their wifi… our day out in Suva found us all getting a massage…

Crew talent shows are always a bit hit and miss… this particular one was more of a miss for the lead dancer Bruno…!!!

That pretty much sums up my time so far… I’ll aim for a proper day out next time… but I’ll continue to collect a few randoms for these times when days out are a bit thin…