One of the challenges of travelling is picking out what clothing to bring and what to leave. I always end up with more clothing than I need, especially when I am heading to a warm climate. I always forget about the air conditioning! Leaving Seattle, late at night, I needed a coat, something to keep the rain from soaking me, proper shoes, and regular glasses. I would soon be shedding that kit for sun hat, sandals and very dark sunglasses. Living in the rain belt, when the sun comes out…so does the vampiric response of shielding oneself from blinding light that most people would just consider mild sunlight. We have a lot of cloud in Seattle. I joke that when I go back home to London, I get more sunshine there in a day than a month in wintery Seattle. Pass me the Vit D drops please!
It was a good trip, the weather was fabulous, but I was unable to text and tweet teasing remarks of…oh my… the sun is so strong today! How’s your rain and snow? I think I will just lay out on the beach with Ginger and James. Wish you were here? So sadly, my friends were spared my tedious tortuous tweets. Was that a sigh of relief I hear? Never mind, eh. Next time.
We really are addicted to social media and being connected. The ship I was on charged $8.50 per day to use the slow version of what they were calling wi-fi, ahem I think they ment slow-fi! Just not worth it. I begrudge paying that amount even though I will slap down $4. odd dollars for a latte. Does not make logical sense, but there you go. So with no internet, no emails, Facebook, Twitter, or blogging for me, it was time for sun and some serious reading. I had downloaded some maggies to read only to find out the app only worked with wi-fi. What a let down. I was really cut off from the world now! It felt odd and a little panicky.
I was convinced something amazing would happen in the world and I would return to discover that I had missed it! Truth is, nothing amazing happened whilst I was gone, just snow and ice storms, rain and wind, and a very, very, cold house to return to. My hat and sunglasses went on the shelf and out came the woolie hat, a double thick sweater and coat whilst I waited for the heater to turn the house from 40F to a manageable 68F. It was a long wait! Almost a taunt, a mocking, this is what happens when you desert the rain and gloom for sun and sea.
I was really thrilled to turn on my internet and reconnect with everyone in person and out in cyber world! I have to say, I missed you guys! I really did! Now to get on with normal life, and upload Florida and Mexico posts- Mexico this week, and Florida next.
Spoiler alert, hunters you will not like my Florida post.
Oops, I see you’re home now. My comment on your other post mentioned my surprise that you managed to blog while on the ship. I know those steep Internet prices. Not fun. Cruises are a great way to ‘log off’ for a week!
I don’t think the internet had been invented when I was on my cruise, Susan. Or if it had been, I hadn’t found the computer… thinking of being without an internet connection now seems odd… surreal, even. And as you say panicky!
Gosh we do get spoilt fast eh? I am used to super fast internet and if it slows down, do the neighbours hear howls of protests! 🙂
My secret to light packing is disposable clothing. I take things I want to get rid of or give away, and I buy anything I need to replace it.
What a Brilliant idea! I need to rethink my packing! Need me to visit and share some clothing? 🙂