Today is my birthday!
One of the best things about doing a transatlantic cruise from Europe to North America is the 6 hour-backs to adjust to the time difference. What this means is that on 6 sea days, the clocks turn back an hour at 2am to 1am. It’s like when daylight savings ends and everyone has to adjust their clocks back. Hour-backs are always exciting for me because it feels a bit like time-travel. Besides, bonus hour is invariably spent in the crew bar.
As you can imagine, it was pretty exciting then that my birthday fell on one of the hour-back days. Spending your birthday, while working on a ship is a bit different to being on land. By the time everyone finishes work, it’s almost midnight. So if you’re waiting all day just to celebrate it with your friends , it’ll be pretty lame. I decided this year that I would take a different approach. I would start celebrating on the eve of my birthday (also another 25-hour day), similar to what you do for New Year’s. It’s actually quite fun because there’s a build up of anticipation to your birthday. (Besides, my birthday eve on the ship is my actual birthday back home. Ah, the joys of traveling over multiple time-zones.)
It was a great idea and I had a nice celebration consisting of martinis, wine, tequila and Strongbow.
Then today (my ship birthday), I decided to continue with the festivities. And why not? If the Queen can have two birthdays, so can I. I had a marathon birthday lunch of crepes, paninis, soups and salads with the Caanen and Kent, which also served as a nice goodbye to my two new friends. Wait, I guess that makes it a 50-hour birthday!
All in all, it’s been a pretty awesome birthcruise, birthweek and birthdays.
How did you celebrate your birthday this year?
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