Back in Cartagena today...updates..


In order for us to get to Belize by cruise ship, we've had to repeat a port of call of Cartagena, Columba, along a similar route on the cruise through the Panama Canal.  We knew this when we booked the two back to back cruises.  Since we're using cruises as a "mode of transportation" where possible, this didn't concern us at all.

We've decided to stay on the ship rather than take one of the over-rated expensive excursions all of which ultimately end in shopping which neither of us cares to do.  We could wander off on our own but, we heard stories of muggings and pickpockets near the cruise ships ports-of-call. 

It's open season for thieves when passengers wander off on their own on foot from the pier.  Content with our decision to stay behind, we especially enjoy the time on the ship when half the passengers are off on the various excursions. 

There's plenty of seating at the pool where we'll wander off to shortly to work on our 45 minute a day tan while enjoying the poolside band, mostly oldies from our youth.  They played to the crowd when aboard ship are seniors, like us.
 
Last night, we opted for a late dinner, instead going to the show in the Equinox Theatre at 7:00 PM.  Much to our surprise the entertainer, Jack Walker, a fabulous performer from Las Vegas was on this ship doing the same show he had done on the Celebrity Century.  We'd watched his show two weeks ago!

Upon entering the theatre early to ensure we secured good seats, we stopped him as he entered the theatre to tell him we'd watched his show on the Celebrity Century only two weeks ago to which he was delighted and surprised, apologizing that we'd have to sit through a repeat of his earlier show.  Tom made me laugh, when he said to Jack, "Jack, we're groupies following you around the world!"  We all belly laughed.

The show was equally entertaining a second time. Ending at 9:00 PM we were both ready for dinner and sauntered to the Silhouette Dining Room passing through the casino on the way. 

We have yet to waste a dollar on gambling, although it's tempting when hearing the sounds of the clanging machines.  We have a few "Captain's Club" gambling coupons we've yet to use fearful that once we'd lose that, we'd be inclined to keep going.. 

We have a lot of world to visit.  Wasting our funds on gambling seems pointless and foolish.  As we walked though the casino we talked about the unlikely possibility of winning in a casino and the natural human behavior to continue gambling until the "winnings' are gone.  Its irresistible.

We only know one person who is continually "ahead" of the game, playing smart poker, leaving the tables when losing, not getting emotional about winning or losing. He knows who he is.  That would not be us!  Thus, we stay away.

As you read this post, you might say, "Good grief, these two are conservative!"

You know what?  There's nothing conservative about leaving everyone you know and love, getting rid of everything you own, being car-less, homeless and stuff-less.  We're new at this.  We've decided to pace ourselves, physically, financially and emotionally.  As we experience more and more over time, we'll spread our wings always striving to make financial, security and physical safety a priority.

Shortly after 9 PM we were seated at a cozy window table for two, white linen napkins placed on our laps as a flurry of servers scurried around us:  cocktail waiter, wine steward, waiter's assistant, tuxedo dressed waiter and then, the head maître d whom we've come to know these past few days.

There was little on the menu in the way of appetizers or entrées that fit my strict diet.  The waiter insisted they will make anything I want.  I opted for an appetizer seafood platter with sautéed scallops and shrimp on a bed of cabbage and arugula with grilled grape tomatoes, again a tangy Caesar salad minus croutons and grilled salmon accompanied by my usual plate of steamed buttered vegetables. 

Tom continues to surprise me when he ordered the seafood risotto appetizer as well as the butternut squash soup  Oh my, all these years I've suggested he try new foods, falling on deaf ears.  Now, he tries and enjoys everything put in front of him. 

Almost every night at dinner, as he spreads his epicurean wings, he asks me if I'm mad at him for turning down all the fancy foods I prepared for myself   I am thrilled he's trying them now.

 As the dessert menus were handed to us, the waiter in the tuxedo said, "Madame, Chef Xavier has a dessert for you."

Tom ordered the Tiramisu.  Moments later, the waiter appeared with Tom's traditional Tiramisu, setting it in front of him and then grinning from ear to ear proudly placed a bowl of low carb, gluten free, grain free, starch free, sugar free Tiramisu in front of me.

Looking up at Tom from what appeared to be a bowl of pure wonderfulness, we both smiled at the same time.  Yes, this is heaven.  And yes, it was delectable.

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