Cruise- Day 6
Today's stop into Cabo is a short one. We only had 4 hours on land, so we chose not to do any excursions. We got up early and only had time to grab juice and a banana before heading to the gangway to disembark. Unlike days prior, we didn't dock at any ports. We walked off the gangway directly onto a boat. The boat took us to land, and from there, we walked along the main strip of Cabo for shopping and sightseeing. Cabo is less green and lush compared to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.
I bought a phone card and called Aric. I had sent him an email from the ship's internet cafe, but the rates were ridiculously expensive (75 cents a minute and a $4.95 set up fee). I talked to him for a bit and I can hear Ashlyn babbling in the background. I missed them both. Although I'm having a grand ol' time...with each passing day, I catch myself staring at other babies on the ship and missing mine terribly. We talked until the card gave out, then I rejoined the group for more shopping. We grabbed lunch at a Loca Taco taqueria for some authentic mexican food. The Oregonians sat down to eat as we were finishing up, and we warned them not to miss the ship. hehehe
line for the boat to get back on the ship was crazy. As we stood in
line, I watched super young kids sell chiclets for money. And when
I say super young kids, I'm talking 2 or 3 years olds! It's really
heartbreaking. I would have bought some, but I was heeding Olinka's
advice not to patronize young children or give them money. She said
it discourages kids from going to school since they think it's easier
to earn money for their families this way.
Once back on the ship, Ivy, Wil, and Bett went to lay out on the Verandah deck. Since my whole body was still painfully sunbrunt from the previous days, I decided to skip laying out. Cin and I had lunch in the formal dining room, walked around, shopped at the duty-free shop, then hung out in her cabin. We both took a nap. I must have napped for a really long time, because Wil, Cin, and Ivy returned a few hours later (after attending the galley tour and losing money gambling and playing Bingo) heckling me. I went back to my cabin and found Bett napping. I watched parts of "Good Advice" on TV...a mediocre movie starring Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards, Jon Lovitz, Rosanna Arquette, and Angie Harmon. After Bett got up, and we got ready for dinner.
Tonight was the second formal night, and at dinner, the waiters entertained us with the Macarena. It sounds cheesy, but I had good time cheering Juan and Thanet on. After dinner, we walked around the ship, sat at the Atrium Bar for a bit, attended Beattle's Nite at the Cole Porter Lounge, had drinks at Gatsby's Bar, walked around a bit more before lining up for the Grand Gala Buffet. We heard that unlike previous midnight buffets, this is the MOTHER of all midnight buffets. They weren't kidding...it was so amazing what they can do with food. Of course we were too full to eat, but it was enough for me just to look at it. =D
We changed out of our formal wear and went to the club. Tonight a bunch of crew members, , were there celebrating someone's birthday...including the ship's Captain. It was a nice break from seeing the same ol' stuff. Though crew members are not allowed to mingle with guests, their presence made it much more fun and lively. After dancing, we took a stroll on the Verandah deck. Tonight was cooler and breezier than usual.
Pictures from today:
Ashlyn turns 11 months! What are my observations this month? She's
"talking" a lot now. She said her first word...I'm not sure
what day exactly since I was in denial that her first word wasn't
"mama" or "dada"... in any case, her first word
is "bubble". Weird, huh? She says it every day. And lately,
she started saying "baby". Okaaaaay. It's kind of strange
since those are not words we say often...especially "bubble".
She continues to laugh, squeal, and scream with delight, as well as
scream, cry, and kick when she's upset. As long as she's holding onto
something, she's walking everywhere now. She can stand steadily on
her own for a longer period of time. She dances whenever she hears
music...even if it's a jingle to a commercial. She loves to climb
on and body slam people. She's still constantly curious and getting
into EVERYTHING! She loves to climb stairs. She's really becoming
a little person now. She's got a ton of facial expressions, and her
personality is much more defined than before. I am concerned with
the fact that she still has NO teeth and her hair is coming in super
slow. *sigh* I wouldn't be surprised if she'ill be gumming her first
birthday cake. =P
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