January 24, 2022. 82°F/28°C
It’s a sea day today, with time for photo curation, lectures, and socializing, but also LESS time, since clocks moved forward another hour today. We’re back in synch with our family in Ontario for a little while.
However, we slept in an hour later than usual, so I missed Dr. Bradley’s 9:30 lecture on “Panama’s San Blas Islands and their famous Molas”. Fortunately, all the onboard lectures are recorded, so I was able to watch it later in the day.
Many of our other lectures on this leg are still related to our original itinerary (the South Pacific into Asia) since the lecturers were confirmed before our sudden route change. They’ve done a really good job of trying to pivot at the last minute, but unfortunately many of their carefully researched and prepared talks no longer inspire me. I don’t want to learn more about the Second World War in the Pacific theatre, or about marsupials when we won’t be seeing any. Give me Spanish lessons and penguins!
Sea days also mean sea birds. Ted caught this series featuring a Brown Booby diving into and under the water.
He also managed to capture a Booby chasing a flying fish with its “wings” (fins) in full flight mode!
We always intend to walk and be active, but without prodding we can be pretty lazy on sea days. Today, with hours taken up categorizing bird photos, we spent way too much time sitting. However, that didn’t stop me from eating 3 meals. Sigh. The food is just so good. A slightly warm flaky croissant with apricot preserves for breakfast, a small crab and bacon panini and caesar salad (with shaved Parmesan and gloriously salty anchovies) at lunch, and dinner in the main restaurant. Read that again and convince me that you could have resisted a crusty grilled panini with crab AND bacon and lovely melted cheddar. Come on!
Since we’re due for a stretch of sea days between Panama and Santiago Chile (Guatemala, Equador, and Peru being closed), Viking have brought several guest entertainers on board. Tonight in the Star Theater we were treated to the music of Adele as performed by Amy Jo Slater. Neither of us are huge Adele fans, but the show was entertaining and really well done. Amy Jo had the kind of powerhouse voice needed to pull off the power ballads.
Tomorrow we dock in Fuerte Amador Panama and explore the ruins of the original Panama City. Stay tuned!