Thursday, July 14, 2022
After some pleasant conversation with some fellow guests in the Ocean Bar, we went to the dining room. Shared a table with 2 other couples. Some more lively conversation.
I had the seared duck breast appetizer, mixed green salad, and the seared hake fish. Hake is a member of the cod family and is a mild flaky fish. Very good. Chuck had the beef stroganoff and said the beef was very tender. We skipped dessert.
We had every intention of going to see the singer at the main stage at 9:00, but we both found ourselves starting to yawn. We each blamed the other for starting the yawning. I think the early mornings and the clocks moving forward were catching up with us. The clocks were going to move forward another 30 minutes tonight. So annoying. We decided to read for a while, and it was soon lights out.
I definitely needed the sleep as I slept soundly all night. If the fog horns sounded, I didn’t hear them. With the time change, I was up at 6:00. It was very foggy, and the waves were much bigger and very choppy. The Captain was right. The temperature has dropped another 10 degrees. It was 43 degrees but with the wind, it felt much cooler.
Could not get my Fitbit to find a time zone that would match the ship clocks, so it is an hour behind. At least I could set my phone correctly.
We decided to eat in the main dining room for breakfast since we had not done that yet this trip. We shared a table with 4 other people who were traveling together. The food was very good, but the service was slow. We finished just in time for Jon’s first lecture “Greenland.”
He had some wonderful photos of his visits there. Some interesting points – the island was named Greenland by Erik the Red. However, the native Inuits still call it Kalaallit Nunaat – “land of the people.” Greenland is part of North America whereas Iceland is part of Europe. A large part of Greenland is a national park that is very inaccessible. Very few cars but lots of boats, small planes, and dog sleds. Good chance we will see icebergs. I hope so.
After the talk, I grabbed some chips and a Diet Coke and went to the room. His next talk was at 2:00 but I knew I’d have to get there at 1:15 for a decent seat.
I started thinking about how good the hot chocolate from the coffee shop was, especially when you add a shot of Bailey’s, so I picked up one to have while I listened to Jon’s next talk – “Qaqortok and Prince Christian Sound.”
Again, he had some stunning photographs. Interesting points – Ikerasassuaq is the native name for Prince Christian Sound. In Qaqortok, there are numerous native sculptures found all around in nooks and crannies of the town. In the stores, you will find pastries, ammo, and knitting supplies all side by side. Look for the old red sandstone bath house – researchers have determined the stone is a tropical desert stone. A number of competing theories on how it ended up in Qaqortok.
After Jon’s talk ended, I came back to the room and found Chuck. He had enjoyed a nice afternoon of 3-card poker. We decided it was a good time to get ready for the evening activities.