Notes from Jan

Saturday at Sea

May 23, 2016

Bobbing about on the Baltic Sea.  Not I, the ship.  I like to swim but need to see a shore within a reasonable number of strokes.  This Sea seems borderless.

After six days and four countries, I, like others on board, longed for a breather from tour guides and throngs of people.  This was the scheduled day for cruising. No ports of call.

Slept late and enjoyed saying  no to all on-board activities until 2:30, when I chose to attend a couple of lectures so I’d be better informed when we landed in Poland.

Needed to sleep later than usual, since I stayed up late on Friday, doing laundry.  Brought along a book to read while I waited for a free washer.  First thing I knew an older man(probably younger than I) plopped down beside me, wearing only a bathrobe, I think.  He wasn’t the only one.  Several men and women arrived in bathrobes, perhaps to get their money’s worth of free laundry services.  Take it all off, let it all out in the wash, so to speak.

I’m no prude but remain grateful there were no strong breezes about.

This afternoon, between lectures, I walked into one of the public restrooms, startled to hear seagulls and the sound of waves.  After entering a stall, I  lifted the lid to make sure there wasn’t a hole straight to the Baltic Sea.  If so, I wasn’t about to stay seated while flushing. Just in case.

Another woman  entered, while I was washing my hands, and commented that she liked the sounds of nature they piped into this restroom.  Some of us are quicker than others.

Later I thought,” This cruise line thinks of everything.  Bathrooms equipped to handle whenever nature calls or, on rare occasions, answers.”


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  • Reply Dale Lefever May 23, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I have a dear friend, Andreus Gorzki who lives in Poznan. If you see him, please say hello. If you don’t have time, that’s fine as well. 🙂 Just remember, his face was flushed, but his broad shoulders saved him. Thanks for the “potty” talk.

    Enjoy dear friend.


  • Reply Wend lane May 23, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Haha! You ate too funny! So glad you had a restful day. ❤️

  • Reply Sharon Eaton May 23, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Jan, You give me a chuckle-a-day!! I love it…and look forward to your posts!!
    Happy travels today!
    Hugs to you,

  • Reply susan May 23, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    so glad to hear of your adventures, great and small.
    little known facts to share: Bob and I became engaged in St. Petersburg on the open top of a boat on the Riva Niva.
    On the same trip, a singing tour, we stayed with a family in Tallinn Estonia and their son ended up living with us for a year or more to better learn English. small world. Enjoy every moment!

  • Reply Joyce Dixon May 24, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Dear Jan,

    We were in Greece for the wedding of a couple we had prepared for marriage, (They paid our trip) We stayed in a lovely hotel all done in natural colors , natural materials, etc. Our bathroom was all tiled in beautiful sand colored tiles and fixtures. On the wall hung two picture frames. One was a picture of the ocean with sea grass waving in the breeze. The other simply said “Listen to Nature”. It was hung over the toilet. Just thought you might like the humor.

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