21.08.2010 - 21.08.2010 21 °C
I heard from one of the cruise directors yesterday that on average a passenger puts on a pound a day on a cruise ship. Our cruise being 12 days, I did the math and panicked a little before remembering the amount of walking I've been doing, not to mention that I've only taken the elevator 4 times since embarkation. I've also done a cycle tour of Sark and a cycle and canoe tour of Loch Lomond, taken a spinning class, two yoga classes and swam yesterday, so hopefully everything will balance out (as I'm sipping my second cappuccino of the day!).
It's logical to see how people can gain weight - anyone who takes Anytime Dining on the cruise can eat as much as he wants as often as he wants. They also provide bigger plates - at the buffet on the 15th, the plates are as big as a serving platter! Mum, dad and I have been careful at breakfast and lunch, but it's hard to pass up the bacon and eggs every morning. If you count in the number of specialty coffees and beer and drinks and glasses of wine....I'm dreading getting on the scale back home, but my jeans still fit so it can't be too bad.
The plus side is the quality of the food; we've been having four or five course meals each evening at the dining room. It's fun to get dressed up each night and be waited on...no supper to cook or dishes to clean for two weeks is absolute paradise! We also get to expirement with new foods: Asian duck, quail, duck confit, caviar, beef wellington, goat's cheese souffle, lamb, veal and countless apetizers. Did I mention the deserts? I haven't had a single one with lunch despite the tempting display at the buffet, but the deserts at supper are to die for. Souffles, cakes, petit fours, french pastries, oreo cookie crust peanut butter chocolate pie, cheesecake....oh my! If that wasn't enough, we've been buying and eating whisky fudge, Guinness chocolate, shortbread cookies and other local specalties. Just this morning I was in Honfleur and bought macarons, two bags of locally-made candies and some hand-made chocolates. I'll try to pack as much as I can, but what doesn't fit will have to be eaten!
Ladies and gentlemen, I have eaten haggis. More specifically, haggis with neeps and tatties in a whisky cream sauce. The Scottish delicacy of sheep's meat, onions, spices, suet and oats stuffed and cooked in a sheep's stomach tastes good. It's a meaty dish that tastes like a cross between a sausage and meatloaf, and the whisky sauce the restaurant served on it had a nice flavour. That being said, I'm not sure if it's the haggis or the sauce, but a few hours later I decided that I wouldn't eat it again, because while I may enjoy the taste, my stomach disagreed heartily!
I'll leave you here for now...we're having a late supper again tonight, so I'll head towards one of the cafés for an afternoon snack....or maybe some more macarons!