I sit here today in my familiar position on the top deck, watching the occasional merchant vessel sail by. Those reading this will now know that we have all survived the pirate threat. All we have to worry about now is the Egyptian riots in port Said or Suez, followed by the usual Palestine Israeli conflict in and around Haifa. We are all bullish about this challenge as we sit aboard our floating hotel.
Although theRed sea is not the widest we cannot see either Sudan nor Saudi as we sail by. This does not stop me thinking of the Nubians (Sudanese) and their exploits during the times of the great Pharos. Then on the East shore sailing past Mecca and the significance and influence this has on the world today. You can have all these idol thoughts when you have all day to sit in the sun.
As I bake in the early afternoon sun I am currently pondering the level of discomfort felt by the millions doing the Haji every year, just imagine being in a crowd of hundreds of thousands in this blistering heat, it's quite something to survive at all. The thought of it makes me reach for another cool beer.
I've not mentioned another little bonus of this cruise back home and that's the fact that every few days the clocks go back an hour giving us an extra hour in bed every now and then. Today with. London's time going forward an hour and us going back an hour we are only 2 hours behind London. What a great way to avoid jet lag.
Another thought I had today was just how much water there is on the planet. We sail at about 25 mph day and night for 55 days and only seldom even see another vessel. Yet when you get to the great ports like Singapore there are ships anchored off the coast by the dozen waiting place to berth. Even though you sail through established shipping lanes the sea is so vast that you hardly ever get close enough to see another ship. We will have to learn to farm it or harvest some of its energy then we would have plenty of power for all. Oh well I'll stop rambling now and turn over, until tomorrow .....