If you haven’t guessed from my social media we are no longer in Benin. We had a 11 day sail and are now in Las Palmas on the Canary Islands. It was the first time that I have ever sailed on a ship and I loved it. Praise the Lord for no sea sickness. The views were amazing. It was pretty crazy to see everything that has to go into sailing a ship. The sail was a good reminder of just how big the world is. When I looked around and could only see the ocean I was reminded of just how small I am and how big God is.
There were activities on the ship every night. One of them was a scavenger hunt and we won. (Everyone knows I am not a very competitive person. Haha)
We are now in shipyard, more specifically dry dock. For the next couple of weeks the ship will be out of the water and being repaired. It’s pretty amazing to see the ship out of water. As they work through the list of repairs that have to be done my normal changes once again. It is loud, smelly and often hot as the air conditioner is not running. Part of me is really enjoying it. Its exciting to see all the changes that are taking place and all the people that give their time to make it happen. There is still work to be done in reception. There is always paperwork no matter where we are located.
I’ve been able to explore the island a bit and it is beautiful. On Saturday we drove around, stopped in small villages, and ate some very yummy food. As we drove we listened to music and enjoyed ourselves. It was a nice last little adventure with many of my friends before they left. We found the most beautiful village that we just walked around. If you look at the picture closely you can see the little Fiat Panda that we rented. (It’s the first car in the row.) It was a bit slow and rundown, but in a lovable kind of way.
Good-byes are probably my least favorite thing about living on this ship. I have already said many good-byes and still have many more to come. I am so thankful to be here and experience this world in such a unique way. Thank you to all the friends that I have met on the ship for showing me how wonderful the world can be.