Viewing entries posted in February 2015

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Posted on 18 February 2015 @ 9:41am

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

As we tendered off the ship on the morning of the 16th we were all very excited to get to the white water rafting site. We were all very anxious as soon as we saw the rivers after an hour bus ride. We immediately split up into 11 different rafts and got out in the rapids. Each raft had a guide and six crew members. It was incredible to be rushing down the streams that tossed us around the blue 8-foot inflatable craft.

Cartagena, Colombia

Posted on 9 February 2015 @ 11:18am

Cartagena, Colombia

It was a good day to be walking around the city. We had been split into three groups earlier today, and we talked as we walked, following our leader through the city to the meeting square. Once there, we found our tour guide, and followed her as she told us about the old city and the food culture. The food tour was unique and something so simple, yet something none of us had ever thought of doing. The concept was walking from street vendor to corner shop tasting the foods and smelling the cooking. 

We walked for about 2 solid hours, and it was beginning to get hot. Like perfect timing, our guide led us to an old lady’s home. She was a nanny that made extra cash by selling a type of Spanish popsicle right out of her living room to the kids on their way to school each morning. Each receiving one, we were let loose for shore leave and the lady went to meet the second group of Floaties. We pondered around the old town in our shore leave, passing by street vendors and trying yet more food until 4pm, when we met at a Salsa Dance Studio. The name of the program, Crazy Salsa says it all. Half of us were over the moon about dancing whilst the other half (mainly the boys) trooped up the stairs as if it where the last time they would see daylight. 

Personally, I enjoyed the salsa dancing. Although the guides spoke little English, and some people hid out on the balcony, everyone got pretty into it by the end. We where taught a series of steps, much like line dancing, then, once we had those down, where partnered up boy girl, except for 2 girls because of the boys hiding out on the balcony, and danced to some Spanish music. 

We were once again released for shore leave until curfew at 11pm, but most of us headed back early since it had been a long day. All in all, a unique and wonderful port program.

Willemstad, Curacao

Posted on 1 February 2015 @ 4:07pm

Willemstad, Curacao

The program is quite unlike any aquarium I have ever been to. All the pens are attached to the ocean, allowing the natural tides to clean and replenish the water the animals live in. The nets that divide the pens have holes so that smaller fish and organisms may float through the aquarium as they please, as well as providing an ideal habitats for unclipped and untamed birds such as pelicans and gulls. Although the animals are still enclosed and the pens are considerably small, they are allowed the freedom of swimming out to the ocean on day trips, and if they wanted, are not expected to return. The animals are fed live food so they do not become lazy and dependent, and are given lots of attention and mental stimulation. The animals are also part of research papers, but not the kind with wires and test tubes. The kind with games and puzzles where understanding the patterns and mental capability are the central goal.