What is nostalgic for me – when you reach my age, most things is nostalgic – there is more past than future.
But of all the things I done through my life – it’s the year I spent on board the “little red ship” in 1978-79, that is most nostalgic for me and that I often go back to.
A year that took me to the most exciting places all over the world – to places like Japan, China, Alaska, Great Barrier Reef, Norfolk Island, Easter Island … Chile, Pitcairn Island … and on and on and on … and on and on and on – 358 days in total and every day more or less a new destination.
So I got everything out this morning that I had kept as memories … all the money bills from every country – even China, even if it mean that I could have gone to jail when not handing all the bills back when leaving.
Also I stole ”Mao’s Little Red” from the Seaman Club in Shanghai – that was even more a crime – today I didn’t understand how I dared too. I was very lucky. One book in English and one on Norwegian – they didn’t have neither in Swedish.
The drawing of the little red ship is made of the British painter Keith Shackleton, that during our months in Antarctica was sign on as a staff member. Also one of favourite authors was signed for the first China cruise we did, “Ed McBain” or Evan Hunter, as his real name was. Ron and Valerie Taylor, the Australian shark experts, was the ones that taught me to dive, during South Pacific Ocean months.
After my year aboard – I didn’t travel for a couple of years, because I didn’t know where to go … my senses was so filled to the rim from everything that year had given me … of new adventure, experiences and fantastic interesting people I had met.
So here is today photos – of my most exciting time of my life – one year as chef aboard M/S Lindblad Explorer.
“The little Red Ship” sank in Antarctica, 23 November 2007, at that time she lost Lindblad and only named “Explorer”.
If interested to know a little more about this very special little cruiser – click on this link; Lindblad Explorer
“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.”
Peter De Vries
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