Christmas Day 2008
From my home, cabin 4236 on the Africa Mercy, to your home, a very Merry Christmas
Following the Dutch tradition, on Christmas Eve we place a shoe or boot outside our cabin doors. Then during the night we the crew have the opportunity to drop small gifts into the shoe or around the shoe of our fellow crew members. So on Christmas morning, I opened my door and saw small gifts all along my entire hallway (Deck 4 – which is the main accomodations deck for singles and couples).
Christmas Brunch was wonderful – on the 25th from 9am-11am – since we have just arrived from Africa, we were all excited for the fruits – including one of my favorites – strawberries. Our Food Services team did a great job all around. Most of the crew volunteered to help in one way or the other.
If the weather permits (meaning the waves are not coming over the bow), the deck officers open the bow for the crew to go out after dinner to watch the sunset. I am in the midst of the group there as my friend Marcin from Poland has taken this beautiful photo. Though the sunset was not terrific, it was just enjoyable to be out there.
My last shot of Central Monrovia in the background. This was taken a couple days before we sailed out of Monrovia. I have basically lived in Liberia for two entire years. I have mixed emotions about leaving, not knowing when I will see the people here again, especially the children at the orphanages that I have been so involved with.
The children and teens in the on board Academy put on their Christmas play this year in the International Lounge. The drama was written by three of the high school students and it was called ‘Christmas in 2210’. They all did an excellent job. Every one was involved including those in the nursery program.
Our Scandanavian crew shared one of their traditions with the entire crew of the ship – Santa Lucia – they sing various songs in their various languages and my friend JP shared some of the Christmas story, but with a Liberian accent. The whole event happened in what we call ‘Town Square’ in the middle of the ship.