‘An essential part of travel is the inevitable sense that wherever you’ve gotten to isn’t quite what you hoped it would be—just as you yourself are never, not completely, the traveler you thought you would be.’
Bridge Tour: This is Captain Otto Pilot. He lives on the bridge.
The Red Sea, April 15 — Yesterday I filled you in on food, wine and laundry. Which led one of you to ask if I’d ever had a galley or laundry tour. No to laundry. But I did have a bridge tour and a galley tour a while back.
Kuala Lumpur, March 27 — Before this trip, the name Kuala Lumpur (translated roughly as ‘muddy waters’) didn’t conjure up much except the Petronas Twin Towers. For a while, they were the tallest building(s) in the world, but ‘bloody Dubai,’ as one guide put it, has since taken that title. Malaysia now boasts it has the world’s tallest twin towers.
A dance and instrumental troupe from Manila came on board Sunday to perform in our Star Theatre. It doesn’t photograph well but was very entertaining, combining the Spanish culture that pervaded Manila for three centuries with native Filipino music and costumes.
I cook, therefore I am. Or, better still, Je mange, donc je cuis’.
My bridge buddies will be disappointed that I’m not playing much bridge of late. It was a bit complicated getting a congenial foursome together and, the one time I went into The Big Room where they play Duplicate... well, my partner and I not only came in rock bottom last, which we e...