I feel the need to briefly pause and say – we really do work really hard here. I wonder sometimes by writing about the fun weekend days and non-work goings-on that perhaps some of my readers may start to think that is all we do here. Entirely untrue, though part of me just flinched at the fact that I feel I need to justify certain aspects of my life or be concerned about what my readers think… hmm. Well, anyway, we all work really hard and by Sunday I’m definitely in need of a Sabbath rest. Not sleep; that’s entirely different. Rest, in a Shalom-peace-relational type way.
|The view from my lounge chair.|
So Riviera is a hotel not terribly far from the ship that we’ve struck a deal with – they allow us to use their pool area for free as long as we don’t bring in our own food or drinks, we need to buy theirs. We have a shuttle that drives on the hour form the ship to the hotel and back, so it’s super convenient, too. Some days the pool area is totally full of ship kids and their families, some days it’s empty. It’s lovely, regardless. They have comfy padded lounge chairs in the sun and tables in the shade, and there’s usually some kind of music playing. The pool is usually pretty clean (standards must be lowered in Africa), the ice in the drinks hasn’t made anyone sick (to my knowledge), and the food is delish. So overall, it’s pretty much awesome.
|There are always kitties playing. They're cute as long as they don't try to play with me.|
Some of my lovely friends and I have taken to going on the first shuttle on Sunday mornings – 9am. Well, the shuttle is supposed to leave at 9am, but 9am Africa time, which is about 9:10 or 9:15. We get there before most anyone else, so the shuttle isn’t full and we’re guaranteed chairs where we want them.
|Necessities for church.|
|Cafe au lait.|
As we draw nearer to midday we order some lunch, today it was hummus and cokes with ice. We’ll share whatever nuggets we’ve collected from our morning with whoever we’re reading or listening to; for one today it was the lyrics of a song that really struck her, for me it was a few lines of the book I was reading that stuck with me and we talked about for a bit.
|Hummus and Coke. Delish.|
|Something else I like about Riviera - they serve water in wine glasses.|
Hope your Sunday was divine :) Krissy