Waking Up Surrounded by Ocean


There’s something exciting about waking up in a hotel room, or somewhere other than your own bed. As I write so many past wakings come to mind, all offering excitement and anticipation of the day ahead.

My memory scampers back several years to our first cruise from Auckland, New Zealand, venturing into the South Pacific. We sailed from Auckland late afternoon and by the time we headed to dinner darkness blotted out the last view of land. We were leaving New Zealand.

Waking the next morning we found ourselves in a different world, totally surrounded by bright blue ocean for as far as we could see. The cliche ‘a mere drop in the ocean’ came to mind. There we were miles from anywhere experiencing the vastness of the ocean for the first time.

My imagination went into overdrive, wondering what creatures lay beneath us and thinking ahead to the adventures we’d experience.

That view from our cabin altered from day to day as we continued our journey. Small pieces of land, atolls, jutted up close to the ship sometimes, advising us that land was close.

First impressions are lasting, and that morning the sight on waking up left a powerful impression on this first time cruiser.

Being away from home, in a strange bed, in a strange room, offers so many possibilities.


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