|Justin, Jo and Tony|
|Justin, 3rd from left on lower deck|
I was still okay at this point and even when the ship pulled away and Justin waved both arms for as long as I could still see the ship, everything was okay... we could still talk on the phone. But as I was checking in to my airport hotel and the signal ran out, I was in tears at the reception desk as it suddenly hit home that that was that... reality really bites sometimes. I phoned my big sister in tears and then let them all run down the plug hole in the shower. I felt much better for it though and just looked forward to getting home.
The Aurora Australis is now cruising... in a matter of speaking... the high seas, covering 218 nautical miles in the past 24 hours. It has been rough going so far and according to today's update, it is going to get rougher still with 6.5m seas expected tomorrow. Justin is finding it tough, and described it as being "on a ride in a theme park, the big dips leaving my stomach in my mouth". And he has never liked theme park rides much! It certainly doesn't help that he has also come down with a cold since boarding the ship... a double whammy. I don't envy him one little bit since my stomach has not held up at all well on my sea adventures to date.
A worthy mention.... while we were in Hobart we had some lovely meals out, the two best when we were cooked for at friends' houses. Thanks so much to both Noel and Sue, and Sandy and Bel for their gorgeous hospitality and equally gorgeous meals. I look forward to a celebratory time in about 12 months when we can all get together again!