Flying to Fort Lauderdale today in preparation for a 10 night cruise on Jewel of the Seas to the southern Caribbean leaving out of Miami on Friday. This will be my first time visiting the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, along with Labadee.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
It’s the last night of the cruise and I’m celebrating my birthday on Sunday early.
I’ve been telling the waiter that the only reason I cruise is for the strawberry cheesecake.
I found four strawberry cheesecakes waiting in my room this afternoon.
I’m sitting at the pool, working on my sunburn.
Ships are surrounding Vision of the Seas for their opportunity to make the journey through the Panama Canal.
I didn’t know much about coffee until I toured a coffee plantation in Costa Rica yesterday.
Coffee grows on a plant that resembles a bush or small tree. The berries are about the size of a grape.
Inside each berry will be either one or two coffee beans. The berries that contain one coffee bean is a much better tasting coffee because it has drawn the full flavor from the plant rather than splitting that flavor between two beans.
The berries start out green and will turn red when they are ready to be picked. Workers that pick the berries during the hot summer weather are paid about $2 per basket. Most workers who harvest the berries can pick about 10 to 15 baskets of berries per day, whereas the real experienced workers can harvest about 20 to 25 baskets per day.
As you can see, it is very hard work for a rather small amount of money.
I had to come to Costa Rica to find a friend who truly understands me.