Still in Liberia... cont'd
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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.
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.
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.
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.