Good morning GERMANY! Today started off with a stroll through the quaint little town of Kiel. This is where we came into port and the city is a fairly “new” city because a lot of the historical buildings and landmarks were destroyed during World War II. The city center is very has lots of character. We window-shopped and went into some churches, which ironically, a lot of the churches in Germany are not functioning churches anymore; one we went into is an art gallery.
After our lovely stroll through the park and lakes of the city, we really wanted to taste some of the traditional German food.
|We sat in one of those cute things and had lunch!|
|See our boat?!|
|Cute little seal buggers.|
After that, we returned to our ship and went up to the Lido deck for the coronation party. Coming from Holland, and Holland America being a company with strong Dutch ties, this was a big deal. Many passengers were decked out in the color Orange as the Prince of Orange became king! Normally, that day would have been celebrated anyway as it would have been Queen’s Day, but because she abdicated her throne and her son had his coronation the same day, it will now be King’s Day!
As we perused the deck, two women about our age who work for Holland America called us over. We soon found out that they were “youth coordinators” and they asked us if they got a group of “kids” together if we wanted to come to the event – us being the kids they were trying to wrangle into a group. The funny thing is that the age range would be from 15 to us, the oldest, at 23. We had to laugh. They told us that the usual age rang they work with are 3 to 17 year olds. So we said we would try anything once and that if they planned something we would come. So we will give you an update on that. It will probably be us and a bunch of 15 year olds but we will see. We keep being told that we look much younger than we are and maybe that will get us an “in” with the high schoolers. I hope they like us.
Than after that we went to Pub Trivia, where a very nice woman asked us to be on her team. So it was Kaitlin and I and two couples playing some good old pub trivia. Questions were asked, answers given. My favorite question: What was a 2 suit made for? Any thoughts? Well, I found out that it was actually a space suite invented to have sex in space so that when we moved to the moon we would be able to repopulate. Another question: What happens to Killer whales in captivity? We knew this one because we had just watched Free Willie! The whale swims around in a small circular pattern so its dorsal fin curves over. In the end our team won the game for the most points and we got a pin!!! Jealous, I know.
Then it was off to dinner because we were on a very tight schedule, we didn’t want to miss the movie, Quartet, which was playing in the theater at nine. It is about a retirement home for musicians. This is appropriate because Kaitlin and I feel like we have been living in a retirement home!
At dinner we were placed at a table with three other couples and they were from Holland but lived in Canada and Australia. One of the couples was a husband and wife who ran a sheep farmer. So we had lots to talk about. The other couple was retired and just played golf about four times a week and traveled a lot. They were very interesting people and we had some wonderful conversations about Holland and traveling as well as working on farms. It was great fun. We are actually going on the same tour tomorrow with one of the couples so that will be fun to see them.
We saw the movie after dinner, Quartet. Highly recommend it! Finally we went back to our room where we were greeted by our nightly art pieces made by our steward our out of towels! We’ve had a bat, a dinosaur, a crown and are looking forward to the next creation!
|Our dinosaur towel animal.|
|Keelyn thinks they're adorable!|
|Kaitlin thinks they're .... well, not adorable.|