Still in Liberia... cont'd

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Merry Christmas from Liberia

It doesn't feel like December outside, let alone the fact that Christmas is 16 days away.  Right now it is a balmy 85 degrees out with about 90% humidity.  Not what you call winter weather.  Still the Christmas spirit is quickly taking over the ship.  The midship's lounge and other gathering places are decorated beautifully, Christmas music is played in the Starbuck's Cafe and Advent wreth has been lit.  Last night we had our Winter Wonderland, a kind of Christmas fair with booths selling foods and hand made items.  A very festive atmosphere. 

So, we survived the BLACK OUT.  It was really weird waking up on Saturday morning.  In fact, I woke up around 0630 (which I never do if I can avoid it) and couldn't figure out what woke me up, until I realized that it was silent.

Welcome to the Winter Wonderland
  Now I have to tell you that it is constantly noisy, the generators are very loud and the whole ship hums and vibrates, the farther down you go the louder and more vibrations there are.  You get used to it after awhile.  Who would have thought that silence would have woken me up though?  At 0700, they made an announcement that all power, water and AC were going to be turned off.  We only had miminal lighting in the halls and none in our cabins (we have no windows in our cabins either).  Luckily, I got to spend the whole day off ship.

Since I'm still in Liberia, I went back to Francis Gaskin Orphanage to see my kids.  Little Jeremiah didn't even wait for us to get out of the car, he literally crawled in as soon as we stopped and latched on to me.

Funtimes with Jeremiah
  He remained attached the entire time.  We celebrated Christmas with them by decorating the school and house with ornaments they made.  Since we were staying longer, Evelyn served us lunch- a typical African meal of rice, potato greens (can be really really spicy) and chicken.  We spent the afternoon playing and just loving the kids.  The kids just love our cameras and will practice taking pictures with them,  I normally don't take pictures while I'm there, I let the kids take them for me.  They are very creative and often times I'll have over 400 pictures on my camera! 

The end came all too soon.  Once again I picked up Jeremiah, who just laid his head on my shoulder and cried.  He and I had talked thoughout the day, he wants to come visit me in the States, a new pair of shoes (he had me measure his feet with my hand) and a washer and dryer.

Land Rovers on Deck 8
  We laughed, we cried, we just hung on to eachother until the last possible second, when I had to put him down and get in the vechile.  I hate goodbyes.

Still no power back on the ship when we arrived.  It was dark and quiet.  Only about 50 people on the dock for supper.  Most people have either gone home or away for the weekend.  By 9pm all systems were up and running.  Not too bad.

Still have no definate departure time yet, the best we know is sometime between Thursday morning and Saturday afternoon.  There's all sorts of rumors circulating about when we will leave Liberia.  The ORs are tied down and secured, we put the finishing touches on them today.  The deck crews are working over time loading and securing everything.  Right now we have about 20 Land Rovers on Deck 8.  The dock is almost completely empty, the admission and eye tents removed a couple weeks ago.  Its just a completely different feel around the dock and the ship.

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Merry Christmas from Liberia
Merry Christmas from Liberia
Welcome to the Winter Wonderland
Welcome to the Winter Wonderland
Funtimes with Jeremiah
Funtimes with Jeremiah
Land Rovers on Deck 8
Land Rovers on Deck 8
Donna tightens the straps in the s…
Donna tightens the straps in the …
I crawl around on top of the instr…
I crawl around on top of the inst…
Busy Christmas fair
Busy Christmas fair
Christmas decorations
Christmas decorations
Hanging out with the kids on the g…
Hanging out with the kids on the …
Having to say goodbye to Jeremiah
Having to say goodbye to Jeremiah
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