Grand Africa, voyage day, 53 at sea south Atlantic and I’m

1 December 2022, At Sea, Atlantic Ocean

Quiet sea day today.  My breakfast was an apple Danish pastry with fruit, orange juice, and coffee.  Bright sunshine.  Warmer as we head toward the Equator.

It turns out that yesterday’s small carved statue “O Pensador” the Thinker is a symbol of Angolan National culture, was even a gift to the United Nations.

O Pensador / The Thinker, symbol of Angolan culture , Photo by Barbara

Tai Chi was good.

Olga Stavrakis’s 10am lecture was “Voodoo, Masks, Dance:  Art and Religion.”
Voodoo was not negative in Africa.  Vodun ceremonies were to make good.  Slaves in the Americas used it to reflect their suffering.  Fang masks inspired cubism and Picasso’s paintings.  African blacksmiths had the power to make tools, so were highly respected.

Olga Stavrakis Lecture, Photo by Barbara

Today I went to the 11am Cruise Specialists Chat Time in the Explorers Lounge.  Host Keith sat me by Kathleen from Vancouver, WA and we enjoyed a good conversation.  Host Tom lives in Norfolk, near Ruskington and Sleaford where Robbie lives.  Tom’s apartment is part of an old courthouse.

French Dip Sandwich was today’s lunch special in the Main Dining Room.  Milk and coconut ice cream completed my mea

French dip sandwich, photo by Barbara

The Captain’s noon announcement spelled out what we had been hoping for.  On December 3 at approximately 9:45am we will cross the hallowed spot of 0 degrees latitude and 0 degrees longitude as we cross the Equator.  This will be monumental.

“As part of the pre arrival requirements for Takoradi, Ghana for December 4, Health and Quarantine officials require ALL guests to go through a mandatory temperature check.”  The medic was pleased to say that I was 36.1 C = 96.98 F.
We also have to fill in arrival and departure forms and will be billed for a Visa.
Relaxing afternoon.

Saw a rainbow on the way to my dinner table.
Dinner was delicious.  Fire Roasted Vegetable Quesadilla, Braised Lamb Shank Kokokinisto, Dulce de Leche Cheesecake, finished the Zinfandel Rose wine, and decaf coffee.

“On World Stage:  Simply Broadway.  An intimate evening celebrating The Great White Way with our Zaandam Singers and Dancers.”  I love Broadway music.

Leaving the port of Luanda, courtesy of Marin tracker.

Meanwhile here in the Pacific Northwest….

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