Southwest Airlines wished me a Happy Birthday today with a very special birthday video.
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’m sitting out by the pool on Deck 9 of Vision of the Seas this morning. It’s nice, but a little windy and overcast. I don’t think I have any chance of getting sunburn today, but being at sea it’s always hard to tell what the weather may do. I just know that it’s much better than the weather that awaits me back in Oklahoma on Wednesday.
These strange animals continue to invade my cabin space during my cruise.
Early this morning around 2:30 am, Vision of the Seas sailed out of the Mediterranean Sea past the Rock of Gibraltar and into the Atlantic Ocean. I was awake, but it was rather dark to be able to catch a photo of the Rock.
The next three days we are at sea until we arrive at Ponta Delgada in the Azores. During these sea days, I will attempt to take photos around the ship and upload them to the blog site.