The Warm Christmas…

So not typically how I would expect to spend Christmas Day. I mean, I’m used to ice cold temperatures, a nice gust of wind, a spatter of rain… Maybe if I’m really lucky even a bit of hail. Then you get the memorable occasions when it snows on Christmas Day. Well that’s what I’ve been used to for the last 30 or so years, but all that changed when the ship decided to dock in Puntarenus for the day last Christmas.

So after a fun night waiting for Santa to arrive the night before we were all greeted with a beach?

  
Where’s the snow? How’s Santa supposed to travel across this? How can I build a snowman? Just a few of the questions that ran through my mind before I realised that I could actually deal with this…

So Simone had already decided before leaving the ship that he wanted to swim like a dolphin which he promptly did as soon as he hit the water…

  
  
Of course you can’t have Christmas without food and drink which is where we then headed to next… The bar. Couple of beers and then we found a nice little restaurant further along the main drag where we got some nice grilled fish. Yes not turkey… Fish. The Italian loves his fish!

  
  
Do not ask me who the chap is on the right. I have no idea. I do remember him being very chatty though… 

We didn’t try the restaurant opposite…

Shooting Stars!

So what do we do at night on a cruise ship? We go to the top deck and watch shooting stars of course! Now granted, you could argue that trying to take a picture of a shooting star is a little ambitious at best. In fact the responses to me walking upstairs with a camera are unrepeatable in this blog. However, surely you earn points for trying? Don’t you?…

 
I could try and declare this shows either the start or end of a shooting star and that I’m pretty darn quick with that shutter button. But for those of you who are a little more astute you’ll soon realise that this is in fact just a star. I say just… But clearly stars are pretty awesome amazing fabulous and very hot objects. So maybe ignore the word just. Further to this shooting stars aren’t actually stars but in fact meteors burning up in the earths atmosphere. Either way it’s all pretty amazing stuff. 

So since I couldn’t grab a picture of the things you’ll have to make do with a description…

One very fast (fraction of a second fast) flash of light shooting across all sorts of random areas of the sky. Only giving you milliseconds to focus on the things! The reaction of the crew is much easier to photograph… They’re so much slower than a shooting star…