so after todays lame excuse for a Friday poem I think I should actually write a bit better constructed entry about the week… Flew down early Tuesday morning with a colleague, into sweltering, 80% humidity. The air was so thick you could feel it when you breathed and the clouds were stacked up into high puffy monsters threatening to pour down at any moment. We had one small shower on Thursday morning, but it was more a case of humidity hitting 100% than being a monsoon shower. The rains have not yet hit Kerala, which means they are still at least a week away from coming to Goa and then Mumbai. For now they just threaten and the swell out to sea grows bigger and bigger. Cargo loading operations from Goa have pretty much come to a halt. We went out on a launch on Wednesday, out to outer anchorage to see a vessel there with my colleage, a chief engineer and another former captain. So while they were walking round this launch amid the swell that looked huge to me, I was gripping onto the side for dear life, while trying to follow the one bit of shade that was on the side of the deck. Apparently the swell was actually only 1-2m, quite calm, and these guys are used to being on 4-5m swell.. eek.. I felt quite sick coming back – hot, sweaty and the boat was going side to side to side to side.. All I could do was concentrate on the shore, take deep breathes and pretend that everything was fine and the shade of green I was turning was completely normal.
It was nice to be out of the city again for a few days. Goa is quiet and laid back, the sea is blue and swimmable, the beer is always cold and the seafood is excellent. Had yum Kingfish peri peri, prawn curry, pomfret recheardo, garlic crabs mmmmm can’t get enough of spicy tasty seafood with a cold beer after a hard days work. Perfect pre monsoon food as it help you really get a good sweat up!
This weekend will be organisation time.. Tonight going for some drinks at a friends, but Sat and Sun will be sorting out the disaster area that is our desk and putting paperwork in its right place. My mother-in-law is off for a pilgrimage to Tibet, up Mount Kailash, next week, for 15 days. So we need to get her some good shoes, warm clothes and a first aid kit. Will be a very exciting trip for her, part of it includes a helicopter journey up to first camp, which means she avoids a lot of hard core trekking. She still has 3 days of uphill and I hope she copes well with that, plus the altitude which can just play havoc with your fitness abilities, but I know they have some acclimatisation days factored in so she’ll be fine I’m sure.
Then K and I have a Singapore trip later in June which will be awesome to hangout with my sis for 5 days, do some shopping and have a good gossip as always.
Hope everyone has a nice weekend.. I have new plans to get fit through this: iTrain : a personal trainer in your ipod! sounds like just the motivation i need so will report back on how it all goes.