One week into our excessively long spring break and I’ve already had quite the adventure. Six friends and I boarded the Golden Iris, a smaller-sized cruise ship that leaves from right here in Haifa on Sunday afternoon and set sail across the Mediterranean. The most amusing part of the first day on the water? The lifeboat drill where we had to prove we knew how to put on our life vests. Now, water safety is very important and I don’t mean to be insensitive, but we four girls simply could not stop laughing while wearing these things….
On Monday, we went to Larnaca, Cyprus, a holiday town that mainly caters to foreigners. We had a great time wandering the palm tree promenade, chatting with locals and exploring a few of the sights. Most importantly, it was warm and sunny and just beautiful.
Tuesday brought us to Rhodes, Greece, just across the water from Turkey. The few hours I got to spend overlooking this beautiful city and island made me want to come back to the Greek Isles for many days at some point in my life. Just. Plain. Gorgeous. We climbed on ruins and took goofy pictures as college kids are apt to do.
We also stopped in a cafe/bar where I got some tremendous news about a summer internship. So, yes, it was a good good day. I also got to have a parrot on my shoulder. Random? Yes. But very cool.
On Wednesday, we cruised all day and this morning, we ended up back here in Haifa. On the boat, there was good food and good friends and some rather amusing entertainment (“budget” is a great way to describe the cruise) and overall, we had a wonderful wonderful time. It was my first cruise, and now I’d love to do more. There was something actually peaceful about being all alone out there, even if it did scare me just a little. I liked being rocked to sleep and I loved that I felt like I could go just about anywhere in the world at any time, simply because of the vastness of the ocean.
Rounds 2 of break begins tomorrow with a trip to Petach Tikvah, a town outside Tel Aviv, where some of David’s extended family has been so kind as to offer my friend Eva and I a place to go for Seder. So Chag Semeach (Happy Holiday) and check out Facebook for more cruising photos.