Boarding the Via Australis
It's the perfect opportunity to dust off our Spanish, and after we finish our lovely lunch we head down to the pier to await boarding. Needless to say, we are the first people on the boat. Naptime here we come!
Neither Cory nor I have ever been on a cruise before, and we are a bit unsure of the etiquette. In an attempt to maximize our down time, we are a bit late to dinner and everyone is already seated when we arrive. Unfortunately we discover that our assigned table - full of English speakers of varying ages and backgrounds - is full and we are instead seated at a table of Germans, each of whom knows English and is approximately our age. At first we are disappointed by the mistake and feel badly that our presence basically forces our dining companions to be bilingual during meals, but it doesn't take long to see the benefit of the arraignment. Our conversations are lively as we compare travel notes and international experiences. It's tempting to linger over espresso that first night, but Cory and I head back to our cabin shortly after dessert. We are scheduled to land at Cape Horn in the morning, and we need to catch up on some sleep.