Today was a day of extremes….. This morning I came out to winds that were near gale force, rain and cold temperatures. I had no expectation of this day developing into anything other than a gloomy day. I spent the morning sitting in the Lido Pool area mid ship (enclosed area) reading, doing puzzles and listening to music. This was interrupted occasionally as a friend would stop by and chat. At 12:15 precisely, I noticed a brightening of the sky as I looked through the pool roof. I looked outside the window and saw clear skies coming fast…. Winds and cold be damned, I was going outside…. I spent the next couple of hours in heaven. I got out of the wind and the sun warmer me up nicely. This was wonderful, especially after the Captain came on with his daily announcement at 1:00, detailing navigational and weather information. Apparently overnight we are going to start experiencing rough seas and gale force winds. Too bad, he has so far eluded three storms but I guess this one is going to get us. I don’t expect to be outside again for at least a day or two, unless it is to take a wicked photo of a passing ship in rough seas….. It was a very nice day and so far I am quite pleased that I have gotten out each day so far, much better than I expected prior to departure. I am really enjoying seeing the Captain and his wife Apollonia again along with crew members and guests from prior voyages. Some people have even come up to introduce them selves because they have been following my blog and know me from there….