This year we were privileged to be able to take two vacations, and they are much different from what I had imagined! Friends of ours asked us to join them on a cruise to Russia this year, and after much thought, we decided it would be fun and interesting. My husband didn’t have any desire to travel to the Baltic Sea, and I can’t say I’d given it much thought either, but after looking at the itinerary, we decided it was an adventure of the “Happy Accident” kind!
We flew into Amsterdam, then on to Stockholm Sweden. The cruise left from Stockholm, and for seven days we were fortunate enough to have smooth sailing on the Baltic Sea! Smooth enough that my husband who never leaves home on vacation without his trusty sea-sick patches, didn’t even use them.
Les’ not using the sea-sick patches came about because our luggage was lost, and the patches were in the luggage. I did however see a moment of panic in his eyes when he realized the patches were in that particular piece of luggage.
After the realization of not having the two bags that we never wanted to lose set in, we started gathering the most needed of necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and…….sea-sick patches. Of course since the patches were a prescription, and not easily replaced, we found the sundries department on our ship. Fortunately, they had wrist bands that put pressure on specific points on the inside of the wrist. Once on, they squeeze so tightly that I’m sure it’s convincing that they are working. The fact is….not only did they work, they worked well! This I say because my husband, Les never once threw up on anyone, or anything. The real truth is, the sea was so calm, we couldn’t believe it. I have never been on a cruise like it before, and probably never will again! At the end of the cruise, even my husband didn’t bother with the wrist bands. This is an act of bravery on his part for sure, because in the past all that needs to be mentioned is boat, and I have a green husband. So to not wear the bands was a huge leap of faith for this man!
Pride shot through me as we walked into the dining-room for dinner on that last night. Everyone asked why I looked so different? I wanted to shout it out from the balcony in the dining-room that my husband wasn’t wearing any wrist bands, but I contained myself if only for the sake of our traveling companions. This was a huge gift Les had given me, the gift of knowing how brave my partner in crime was on our trip cruising the Baltic sea, and Russia.
Thank you all for your interest in the ramblings of our adventures.