I guess it’s true what they say, “You never know how important something is to you until you live without it.” Needless to say, I’ve never been so thankful to step on land in my whole entire life! As for sea legs…it took a good two days to get rid of them.
We actually arrived in Tenerife on Saturday & we were greeted by a man playing a trumpet along with some old crew joining the ship again. As soon as we pulled up to the dock, they were holding up signs that said, “We’ll Work For Food” (Ironically, they still have to pay in order to work). And the first guy off the ship got down on his knees and kissed the ground while all of us watching on deck 7 cheered!
Obviously, Tenerife is no Africa. And although I’ve only been in Africa for four months, I still had a bit of a culture shock (and am still having one). Everything is so expensive here…no bargaining permitted, and it’s weird to see people dressed up and wearing make-up again. Along with all that, I would have never imagined that I would have been shocked to see everyone showing their knees! I almost forgot what knees looked like I haven’t seen them in so long.
So for the past couple of days, we’ve been exploring Tenerife. Seeing that Bonny Jean & Michelle are leaving to go home tomorrow, we have to see as much as possible…and it’s gorgeous! The best way I can describe Tenerife would be the small streets & cobble stones of Paris, the mountain-like stacked houses of Greece, and the lights of an elegant Las Vegas with palm trees. Does that give you a better picture at all? And the air here is so clean! Unlike Benin, I can breathe & walk outside for hours & come back to the ship without feeling like I need to take a shower as soon as I walk inside. My family is going to love coming to visit me!
Although it seems like all fun and games, we still have to work normal hours (minus some Christmas days that we have off). And as of tomorrow, the majority of the short term crew is leaving. Actually, I was talking to Kaylee yesterday & we were trying to think of any short term crew staying on board that has been on the Africa Mercy longer than me…we couldn’t think of anyone! So I guess…in a weird way…I am one of the “oldest” short term crew.
I’ll fill you all in on the Christmas excitement that goes on throughout the ship a little later. No worries, we are well taken care of here : )