Did I mention that the cruise was awesome? It was totally awesome.
I felt much better when I woke up after my big sleep the first evening. It was very easy to sleep on the boat - we had a cabin without a window which meant it was very dark and the boat rocked in a very relaxing way (as well as, you know, rocking har har har).
In the morning it was time for the Naked Photo. For the naked photo everyone (well everyone who wants to be photographed naked) goes up on the deck in their bathrobes. Then after a countdown everyone disrobes and they take a photo. There were... lots of people.
The food on the cruise wasn't entirely awful. The dining room didn't appear to have much food that I wanted to eat but there was a buffet on pretty much all of the time and there were chickpeas. Yumyum.
I had sushi one night which wasn't very exciting but there was some amusing Chinglish to be had on the chopstick packet...Welcome to Chinese Restaurant.
Please try your Nice Chinese Food With Chopsticks the traditional and typical of Chinese glorious history. and cultural
I gave J his Christmas present which was a "sudoku cube". It was shaped like a rubiks cube but had numbers on it instead of colours. He solved it while we were at a Brothers Creeggan concert. Sigh. I enjoyed The Brothers Creeggan much more than I thought I would - I had listened to some of their music and wasn't super impressed; I think they are better live.
There were two headline shows for BNL and we had tickets to the second one. I think that was a better deal because the second show was much better. I was able to watch the first show on TV in the cabin as it was simulcast there. It was very cool but not as cool as our show.
The cruise had two port stops. The first was at Grand Cayman. J and I slept in a lot which meant that we didn't have too much time there. We had to get a little boat thing to go to the island and we wandered around looking at the same souveniers over and over again. I didn't buy any. But then there was this woman selling home made jam and I bought some for the boyfriend as they were tropical fruit jammy things and he likes tropical fruit type things.
I think I coped rather well with strange people coming into my room and making my bed and moving my things. I wasn't sure that I would but it was ok. I didn't enjoy it especially when they mixed up our things. Sometimes they made weird towel things.
Those are my sunglasses. I ended up losing my sunglasses one night. I think it was Jamaica day. Man that day sucked.
I was a bit seasick one night. I don't remember which night it was. With the seasickness and the collapsing in bed one night I missed quite a few bands. I wish I had have been able to see more of Boothby Graffoe because he was made of win. I hadn't really heard of many of the bands (well I had heard of Harvey Danger but didn't remember that they were them) but enjoyed most of them.Barenaked Ladies
of course were completely awesome in the most awesome of ways.Guster
are a band I hadn't heard that cabin mates K and E are very into. I really liked them and I will have to try and find out if their CDs are sold here.Harvey Danger
I got to see once and I really enjoyed. They described "Flagpole Sitta" as their 'One Week'. The Vanity Project
(BNL Steve's side project) were about as awesome as I thought they would be. Which is pretty amazingly awesome.
As I mentioned The Brothers Creegan
(Jim & Andy Creeggan + others, Jim is a current BNL, Andy is an ex-BNL) were more enjoyable than I thought they'd be.
Howie Beck was very enjoyable once other people joined him on stage - his solo performance wasn't that inspiring but with the band it was very cool.
I saw a little bit of Great Big Sea
and Gaelic Storm
. Neither of them made me want to see more of their stuff although I enjoyed what I heard of Great Big Sea
. Gaelic Storm
seemed a bit too... I don't know, fake I guess. I couldn't really get into a whole lot of American kids singing about how great it is to be Irish even if the music was very catchy and had violin and bagpipes and clapping and that kind of niftiness. I ended up sneaking out to catch some of Boothby Graffoe instead. (Then I had to sneak out again to go and see Barenaked Ladies
I also went to Jamaica which was even less fun than Grand Cayman. We were bullied by taxi drivers and shop assistants and it was rainy and muggy. I did not have a good time at all. Oh that was the day I was seasick too THAT DAY REALLY SUCKED (but I wasn't seasick until I got back on the boat). I didn't throw up or anything I just felt queasy because the rain made the sea a bit rougher and stuff. I just went to bed.
On the final night of the cruise was the Barenaked Ladies show I went to see. I ended up having a pretty good seat, four rows from the front, steve-side. I was worried that the people in front of me would be too tall but it turned out that I had an excellent view.
I really enjoyed the show. They played a good mix of songs. I didn't take any photos during the show because I was too busy being completely overwhelmed by the awesome.
They did a real encore. like, bands these days plan their encores which is somewhat lame. Guster even said "we're going to do two more songs and then take an encore" LAME. BNL did their fake planned encore and came back on stage for Call & Answer
and If I Had $1,000,000
. Then they went offstage and the audience didn't go away when the lights came on. The techs were taking away the mics and stuff but we all stood there clapping and cheering until the techs came back and set everything up again and the guys came back on stage. WIN!
Awesome awesome awesome.
I had bought a "BNL on a stick" wristband which entitled me to a usb-stick with a recording of the show on it. We had to wait around because the unexpected things the band did had meant they had to do stuff before they could print the sticks. heehee. As we were sitting around a guy with a video camera asked if anyone wanted to be interviewed. I did an interview and talked about coming all the way from Australia and how it was all worth it and everything :D Everyone around me who listened was all "oh my gosh she came all the way from Australia!" heehee. I kind of liked being interesting in that way. On the cruise I wasn't ever at a loss for things to talk about because just being Australian was interesting enough for most people to want to hear me talk forever about anything. Or maybe I just wanted to talk forever about anything and imagined that people were interested hehe. The best thing was that I got to talk about me. me me me. Now that I'm back in the country I have to learn how to be less conversationally selfish, I suppose.
After the Cruise I had a couple of days in Miami. K and E hung out with us on disembarkation day - we drove around trying to find me a new ipod. Had I not had four aeroplanes to fly home on I may not have bought a new one so quickly but the trip home would have been a nightmare without music, I ended up buying an ipod classic as it wasn't too much more expensive to buy one of those rather than a new Nano. It's very... big. also shiny :)
Some more photos...
One night J was very Aussie and drank the cheapest beer available. I had a sip, it wasn't as awful as I thought it would be. The can was very big.
My moment of fame. I managed to get a photo with Jim Creeggan! He was very sweet :$
One day someone asked me who my favourite BNL member was. I said I couldn't decide but that it probably wasn't Kevin (I really like Kevin, Kevin is fabulously talented and everything... but he's just not in the running as my favourite member).
"So who is it between?" they asked me
I said it might have to be between all the rest
"Even Jim?" he exclaimed.
"He's tall and skinny," I explained "I like tall skinny guys..."
These chocolates look like little packets of butter yes/no?
(I'm back in Melbourne now, got back the day before yesterday. I think I'll do one more post after this one to get you all up to date)