Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by Lifelong_Dreamer, May 31, 2009.
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I think I am having a premonition!!!
The Poem is inspiring !!
That's awesome. I wish they did something bigger like that on our days for remembrance (like Veterans Day or 9/11).
I find the way Remembrance/Veteran's Day is observed in the US and Canada is so very different which I find rather odd as the US is usually so patriotic and supportive of their armed forces in all other aspects.
Up here starting maybe two-three weeks before Remembrance Day the red poppies show up all over. Basically you make a donation (usually your change) to the veterans and you get a poppy pin that you wear on your coat, shirt, wherever, some even wear it in their hair! Pretty much every Canadian wears a poppy. It is really unusual to see somebody without it. They are directly related to the poem I posted about the poppies in Flanders Fields.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
Also all schools have a Remembrance Day ceremony where the poem is recited and other respectful formalities are held. Even the colleges and universities do not hold classes for an hour long period so that people can attend the Remembrance ceremonies.
Now during my time in the US I never really saw/participated in any Veteran's Day activities. I am sure the military probably marks it in some way but the general populace and the schools really didn't seem to do much. Now maybe it is not like that everywhere but that is how it was in Virginia Beach which is odd as it has such a large military community.
So I sat shivering and aching waiting for the shuttle buses to come to take us back to the ferry. I guzzled down some water in the hopes that I was just dehydrated.
The buses did come after what felt like forever (probably was only 15 minutes) and we were all loaded on and driven down to the ferry. No island tour this time, just a short drive back to the ferry dock.
When we got to the ferry dock they would not let us on the boat. They never did explain what was wrong. I heard two stories, one was that the driver was missing, the other that the boat had mechanical issues. I am going to go with the mechanical issues story as ten minutes later another boat showed up and docked alongside the original. We had to board the "broken" boat to get across to the new one. I have no idea why they didn't just dock the boat on the other side of the pier, seems that it would have been much easier.
We had to show our boarding ticket that we had been given when we checked in that morning to prove that we were with the excursion and we were then allowed to board.
Mom and I grabbed some seats up on top in the open air and we were joined with a very nice lady that we chatted with all the way back to Tortola.
I started to feel a bit better on the boat ride back. Maybe it was the sea air, the water I had been drinking or perhaps it was because the sun was fighting to come out. At one point I could feel the sun beating down on my shoulders so hard that I put some more sunscreen on so that I wouldn't burn. I still wasn't feeling 100% but I was no longer aching and shaking with chills.
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Almost back to the Magic!
Just like that morning the ferry pulled up to the pier right across from the Magic so all we had to do when we got off was walk a few steps and we were back on the cruise ship.
There were some CM's out on the pier collecting the towels that people had taken on the excursion. This was a nice touch as we did not need to worry about taking care of them once we were back on the ship.
You then got in a line to go through security to get back on the ship. They had you sanitize your hands, scanned your Key to the World card and screened your bags while you walked through the metal detector. The whole process took maybe a minute or two.
We made our way back up to our stateroom to change out of our suits and into some fresh clothes. The ship still had several hours left before departure so Mom and I decided to go explore Road Town a bit. Our other goal was to track down some cough drops for my throat.
Up Next: We explore Road Town, Tortola
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Im really enjoying your trip report so far! Its nice to read reports from fellow Canadians. I also enjoyed your report of your trip to BC. I really need to get out there at some point. The views look spectacular!
Im sorry to hear you were feeling sick during your trip. Hopefully, it didnt last too long.
How peaceful that island looks....
Hey there! It is always fun running into another Canadian on the boards.
I love BC, whether it is Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley or the Okanagan, the whole province is gorgeous.
There was hardly anybody around, well except for all the chickens.
Glad to hear you started to feel better.
My throat still hurt and I had a headache but luckily the chills and aching were gone.
All caught up! I loved your report and pictures of your excursion. Those rocks and caves were so cool. Wish you'd felt better!
what kind of stuff would they not let you buy and bring back on the ship,
Wow I would love for our country to do something like that! The last time I really remember anything being done was my history class showing videos of the World Trade Centers on 9/11. I wish we did more for Veterans Day. I know a lot of people who thank our military, but the whole Poppy thing they do in Canada is really amazing. I'm just highly patriotic so I always get let down by the lack of stuff we do. Oh well.
I loved all your pictures on the way back to the ship. It looks like it would be such a nice little place to explore and just see. I can't wait to hear more about how you are feeling and the rest of your Tortola day!!
Hey Car! The Baths are probably a place that your family would really enjoy.
I think the scanner is more for actual security to make sure you are not bringing something like a weapon back onto the ship rather than not allowing you to buy certain things. Also I am pretty sure you are not allowed to take produce etc on and off the ship.
The poppies are also a tradition in the other Commonwealth countries so if you were to travel to Britain you would see people wearing them there too. I remember one year one of the Harry Potter movies premiered right around Remembrance Day and so all the male actors were wearing poppies in their red carpet photos. I saw one person from the States ask "Why are they wearing tomato pins on their suits?"
Glad you are liking all the pictures. I LOVED the Virgin Islands and can't wait to go back and visit someday.
What beautiful pics, once again! Tortola definitely looks like a place I'd love to visit one day.
I hate to hear that you weren't feeling well. I sure hope that changes soon! Can't wait to read more!!
Lessa you haven't lived until you've swum in the English Channel you know
So sorry you felt so ill but it seems like it didn't last long which was great
Hopefully Disney will visit again some day.
I will make sure to take a trip to one of the famous seaside towns and take a dip whenever I get over to England.
What a nice way to spend the afternoon... oohing and ahhing over all your photo's! And now I'm finally all caught up, 8 installments later.
I can't find the pic now, but there was a cactus pic that seemed rather... ahem.... made of a bunch of man parts. I know... but I can't help it!
I'm curious what made you sick? I'm thinking dehydration?
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