Monday, November 17, 2008

The Quest Begins -- Day 1 and 2

Megz, the tour guide is the one with his hand on his glasses. I don't have any better picture of his eyes and they were what I thought was kind of scary about him.I couldn't resist taking a picture of this sign....and now....

In a backward fashion, we have now reached the beginning of my trip. The first two days were really just one super long day. We got on the plane on Friday before noon and got off on Saturday after noon. I didn't ever sleep on the way there. My book was good.

Once in Athens we were directed to our luggage, and a bus. We went directly to the ship and got on fairly quickly. Our luggage was quick as well and we were mostly unpacked when it was time to put on our lovely orange life jackets for a drill. It was announced that we should tie our life jackets before leaving the room so that nobody would step on the ties and trip us up. Derek was headed out the door before ours were tied and I was right behind him getting ready to say "We were supposed to tie these before leaving our rooms" when the door closed on my strap and I was stuck. Of course, we were in a hallway that also housed the rest of the staff, so they were there to witness me almost falling down and having to open the door to get unstuck. Fortunately I wasn't so tired that I had lost my sense of humor and I thought it was quite funny. It was a good thing it was just a drill.

We ate and slept after that. We deserved it after having survived having a seat by "Garlic Man" on one flight and the "teeth sucking man" on another. My seat was by Garlic Man but the one across the aisle by Derek was free so I moved. Unfortunately, we could smell him just fine from across the aisle. Derek was a bit nauseous from the smells floating around the cabin on that flight. The next flight Derek was by "teeth sucking man". I was unaware of his delimma. Fortunately my ipod came in handy for drowning out the noise that was quickly getting on Derek's nerves. The flights were a success. We got where we were going safely and at no time did we get up and run down the aisle screaming "I can't take it anymore!" Hooray for us. Our adventure had begun.

4 comments:

T said...

I'm going to assume that Garlic Man and Tooth Sucking Man are not readers of your blog and feel bad for you instead of defending their repugnancy (hey, it IS a word... who knew?).

So, were they like Jack Nicholson eyes? Those always creep me out - I just can't buy him in any nice guy roles because his eyes just scream PSYCHO to me...

Sher said...

I did talk briefly to Garlic Man and he was really nice -- of course, what's not to like about someone leaving the seat next to you during a zillion hour flight. I can see that everyone is fascinated by our guide who was probably perfectly harmless but, really, his eyes just weren't "kind" eyes in my opinion. I haven't seen Jack Nicholson for a while -- he has an scary insane look. Our guide didn't look THAT wild eyed.

Megz said...

I empathize greatly. I couldn't handle the 5 hours to NY sitting next to garlic/liquor man so I don't know how I could have handled anything longer.
Fun trip. Too bad it takes so long to get there!

Marcy said...

Love the new background~ Very cute!