03.29.2017 - 03.30.2017
Walk, breakfast, dog to sitter. Driver took us to Tampa. 1st experience with using a driver, Eileen Kemp. She was excellent and even Howie thought he could get used to it. United flight was on time both on time departure through D.C. Neither HMR nor I slept at all. We were served breakfast at midnight and landed in Brussels shortly after. Our GCT guides were there to meet us and the first member of the group that we met was the couple from Sarasota. We knew that we wouldn't be the only liberals on the boat. After a short delay we were on our way to the boat, the Harmony which was docked in Antwerp. The ship was a twin to the Rhapsody which was our home for the trip we took two years ago on the Danube. Our goal for the day was to stay awake till bedtime. Our director, Rebecca, took us into Antwerp for a short orientation walk after which we both collapsed for a 1 hr.nap after realizing that we had been awake for about 30 hours. Lots of introductions and program talks and then complete collapse for 7 hours of blissful sleep.