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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