Cruising along Mexico

Jan. 13 Blog 8:30pm. Well I have steered you all wrong. Todays port in El Salvador was Acajutla not Acahulta. I forgot the L. My bad! I know I screwed a lot of you up. When we docked at 9 this morning, everyone on the dock(tons of people including many tv cameras, interviewers, workers, big police presence, including a dog( I think to sniff out diabetics or drugs) was extremely excited to see us. We found out that we were the first American cruise ship to come to Acajutla. From that moment on, everything was chaos. No buses showed up to take people on their excursions. Pandemonium!! Upset passengers, upset police, upset dog(too many diabetics and drugs in one place, I guess). Passengers standing in the hot sun(90 degrees). Tour guides not knowing what to do. A real fiasco. We watched the whole thing enfold from our balcony. Finally the busses showed up and order was restored. Dog continued to be extremely twitchy.
Our tour was at 12:30 and we went to two archeological sites. Saw many volcanoes along the way. This is a very eruptive and earthquaky place we’re told. It also is the smallest and most populated country in Central America. Big families(average of six kids) family. Very poor; very catholic; not too many tvs; and scared too death of volcanoes and quakes. Sooo, what else is there to do but have kids?? Anyway, back to our trip today. The first stop was at a village that was buried after-you guessed it- a volcanic eruption. The town was buried under about ten feet of ash in two days. Very much like Pompeii in Italy. Our group of about 50 old people were escorted through the guided tour by six very serious armed guards. Some with AK47s. Either they thought we were terrorists disguised as old people or they were protecting us from those kidnappers I told you about. Either way, we survived intact to drive to the other site where there was no security At this site were Mayan pyramids above ground. I guess terrorists and kidnappers don’t frequent above ground sites. All in all, it was a really informative tour.
Well, time to go wrap my butt in the shower curtain. See you in a while.
Jan 14 12:30pm. Rough day today. 8 to 10 ft. waves. Ellen not feeling well. Not rough this morning so pickle ball was ok. I will include some PB photos. We have eight people playing every” at sea” day. Seems like every day we attract a few new ones. 9:00pm Watching the pats in our room.
Jan 15 12:00pm Yea, Pats!! Just got back from our first Princess brunch at sea. Only put on on Sundays at sea. Mexican motif since we are cruising in sight of the Mexican coastline. HUUUGE (that word is for you Glen) buffet. Spectacular!!! (The buffet, that is). We are traveling at 20 knots in calm seas. Beautiful day. About 82 degrees/ 74 humidity. Slight breeze. Just perfect. Anyone want to join us? Outstanding sunrise directly aft this morning. No clouds. Beautiful!! Another 700 miles to LaPaz Tuesday morning. My cold is better. My knees are hurting. My coldsore is growing. Let me tell you a little bit about our toilet. It, apparently, was designed for halfa.. people because that what it fits on me. Half of my a..! The flushing is by a very strong vacuum system. If it accidentally flushed with Ellen sitting on it, she would be sucked down into the bowels of the ship, never to be heard from again!!! We sleep on a large queen sized bed. Nice. We have a desk and a love seat in the room. Randi, our room steward, makes up the room twice a day, including ice and a chocolate in the evening. He calls me the “professor” since I told him I was a teacher. For those who don’t know, the ship we are on is the Pacific Princess on which the TV show “love Boat” was filmed on. The photos today show some “world class” pickle ball, our casino, a Salvadoran volcano, and the heavily armed, old people tour, police. Signing off, the professor on the “Minnow” (Where is Ginger and Maryann?”Well, time to go wrap my butt in the shower curtain. See you in a while.
Jan 14 12:30pm. Rough day today. 8 to 10 ft. waves. Ellen not feeling well. Not rough this morning so pickle ball was ok. I will include some PB photos. We have eight people playing every” at sea” day. Seems like every day we attract a few new ones. 9:00pm Watching the Pats in our room.
Jan 15 12:00pm Yea, Pats!! Just got back from our first Princess brunch at sea. Only put on on Sundays at sea. Mexican motif since we are cruising in sight of the Mexican coastline. HUUUGE (that word is for you Glen) buffet. Spectacular!!! (The buffet, that is). We are traveling at 20 knots in calm seas. Beautiful day. About 82 degrees/ 74 humidity. Slight breeze. Just perfect. Anyone want to join us? Outstanding sunrise directly aft this morning. No clouds. Beautiful!! Another 700 miles to LaPaz Tuesday morning. My cold is better. My knees are hurting. My coldsore is growing. Let me tell you a little bit about our toilet. It, apparently, was designed for halfa.. people because that what it fits on me. Half of my a..! The flushing is by a very strong vacuum system. If it accidentally flushed with Ellen sitting on it, she would be sucked down into the bowels of the ship, never to be heard from again!!! We sleep on a large queen sized bed. Nice. We have a desk and a love seat in the room. Randi, our room steward, makes up the room twice a day, including ice and a chocolate in the evening. He calls me the “professor” since I told him I was a teacher. For those who don’t know, the ship we are on is the Pacific Princess on which the TV show “love Boat” was filmed on. The photos today show some “world class” pickle ball, our casino, a Salvadoran volcano, and the heavily armed, old people tour, police. Signing off, the” Professor” on the “Minnow” (Where is Ginger and Maryann?)”ElSalvador volcano.JPGMexico.gifPB6.JPGPB5.JPGPB 1.JPGCasino.JPGSalvador police.JPG

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