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Higher Seas Day + Havøysund 10/1

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When I woke up this morning at 7:00. The ship was rolling a bit. After showering and dressing, I decided to put on one of the patches since seasickness is not on my agenda.  Marty and Ellen were still in bed.  Before breakfast, Ellen and I did a load of laundry.  It is very nice having washing machines and dryers on  this ship.

We chose not to pay to go on the excursion to the North Cape.  Besides the cost of it, they were taking 45 people on each bus and that is not something I enjoy.

At about 10:00, they were selling post cards that we could use to get the North Cape stamp.  Ellen and I each purchased one.  They also had the captains of the ship available to sign any books you purchased.  Ellen had the idea of having the captains sign our postcards.  Again, kind of silly but I decided to photograph the postcard, stamps, and signatures since I probably won’t save the original.

Ellen and I sat down for a cup of tea.  She looked at me and said that the pupil in my left eye was much bigger than the one in my right eye.  It was very strange.  Then she asked me if I thought it was the patch.  That had never happened before but I decided not to take any chances and when we went back to her room, I removed the patch.

After lunch Ellen, Jane, Sue, and I took a walk with Liv in Havøysund.  Havøysund is a fishing village which offers a generally wide range of common services. The town has been rebuilt after the war.   The first thing we saw was a replica of a fish rack.

When we passed this sculpture, Liv said that it was of a man with a small fish.  It didn’t look so small to us.

There were several stone sculptures…

…and views of the harbor.

It was just a short walk to Havøysund Church. Like most other churches in Finnmark, Havøysund church was burned down by the Germans during the evacuation of Finnmark in 1944. The new church was built of whitewashed concrete and dark wooden timbers in a long church style in 1960

Liv told us that this stone is carved with the names of people from this town who went to Finland to help the Fins in the war.

On the way back to the ship we saw these planters in front of a pub…



… and this sandal display.

Ellen and I went to the craft store.  Ellen bought yellow wool mittens.

We relaxed after lunch and then went to a very informative lecture on oil in Norway.  Norway has the highest market penetration per capita in the world and also has the world’s largest  plug-in segment market share of new car sales, 49.1% in 2018. As of 2018, 10% of all passenger cars on Norwegian roads were plug-ins.  This is the same information that the people I met in Geilo an Flam told me.

The ship was still rolling.  Marty,  Ellen, and I decided to take non-drowsy Dramamine.  We put our warm clothes together and were waiting for the announcement that we were arriving in Kjøllefjord for our trip to visit the Sami People.   We were going to be taken by bus to about the mystical cultural practices and natural medicines of the indigenous Sámi people living in Europe’s northernmost region.

While we were waiting I looked up information about one pupil being larger than the other.  The info on the web about the possible causes was down-right scary.  I decided that when we got back from the Sami visit, i would use Ellen’s phone and call my eye doctor.

First they announced that the information meeting T 17:00 was cancelled because it was going to be too difficult for people to stand up and get to the meeting.  Then much to our disappointment then announced that the Mehamn excursion was being cancelled.  That was our trip to visit the Sami.and was the one excursion that was important to us. We were seriously disappointed.  That was the one excursion that we all wanted to do.

Well there was nothing to do but wait out the rolling waters. The 3 of us laid down and listened to a podcast on Ellen’s phone.  We managed to go for dinner (which was again a buffet) at 6:30.  Sue joined our table because Jane was not feeling well.  There were many open tables in the dining room.

After dinner we went up to the lounge on deck 8.  I decided to write an email to my eye doctor explaining what was happening with my pupils.  He immediately wrote back to me and told me that it was certainly due to the patch and that I would recover soon.  That was a great relief.

The ship was rocking in the waves.  I was so surprised that I was one of the people who was not feeling sick.

They announced an Aurora forming on the left side of the boat.  We all rushed outside on deck 8.  It wasn’t very strong.  We went down to deck 6 but were not allowed to go to the back of the ship because of the rough seas and wind.  The aurora was pretty faint.

Ellen and Marty went to bed about an hour ago and I decided to finish this post. We are still rolling; I am feeling fine; time to go to sleep.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

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