It's 9:30am and I am waiting in the customs lobby. I’m the last to board because my passport needed to be collected in exchange for an I.D card. I have a million thoughts running through my head, “Am I going to be sea sick! Will the weather conditions be okay or will the boat sink and a shark swallow me whole”. Oh man! Nobody to download with or think with but my over-nervous and excited brain! A lady calls me to approach the counter to collect my I.D card. She then ushers me to the entrance gate, 'ansi'o sas' (good-bye) she says as I head towards the towering nine storey ship. As I took each step I reminded myself to just breathe; inhale and exhale, it's too late to turn back now!
The adventure was just beginning and I knew it was time to let go of all those negative situations and people from my past in order to set myself free. As I boarded the ramp, Wi-Fi was lost and I entered a new world, a floating community of people of all ages, backgrounds, races, abilities - all containing strengthens and weakness and wondered what I would learn in this vast array of people. To my acknowledgement I was alone and suffering a broken heart, a strained mind and a tired body. As I was directed to climb the six flights of stairs to get to my room, I was desperate to crash for a while, but this ship had other plans for me!
Our safety drill was completed and it was time for lunch. I wondered down to the level 4 restaurant where I inquired if they serve gluten-free meals, a worry I almost forgot about. As I approached the Head Butler he informed me that I was in the right place madam and brought me over to a table shared by another, a 33 year old Columbian by the name of Patricia. We both exchanged smiling glances and I immediately felt that she was happy for me to join her. I broke the ice and exchanged a "Hello" and she replied and we instantly became friends. We chatted about where we had been travelling from and where we are travelling too. We decided right there and then we were to hangout with each other for the remainder of our cruise, two single women, a forged friendship with our broken Spanish/English and good old hand signal conversation. My brain was in over drive and all I was after was some sleep.
Sleep was not to be had. We both reached deck 9 and laid ourselves out on the deck chairs. The world before us seemed quiet, the Aegean Sea was a sapphire blue in colour smashing against the ship's hull and our bodies just laid there absorbing the sun's rays. It was peaceful. My heart was about to be brought back to life, a healer with a broken heart I hear you say, what the...? Well healers are human too and we need to experience both the positive and the negative of life's lessons in order to help us understand our clients better, so yes, this was my time to heal and set myself free, no longer chained to the pain of my wounds.
Patricia and I arranged to meet up at the bow side on deck 9 at 5:30pm, where we could view our arrival into Mykonos and see the famous white washed houses. I was first to arrive leaning on the railing admiring the view as people slowly began to take up their positions as well. I kept turning to see if Patricia had arrived but to no avail. As I did this a few times, at one point I noticed a tall dark handsome man walking gently across the bow to the railing who smiled across at me. Shyly, I turned away, not wanting to draw any attention. However, my curiosity took the better of me and I looked across at him and we smiled. As I turned, Patricia had arrived and was walking over towards me, was I relieved to see her, I walked over and told her how beautiful she had looked. We both turned headed over to the bow again, the spot I previously had was taken by other guests but there was a three man gap some distance from where this handsome man was leaning. I had to relax my thoughts and just hope this man is nice and not some stalker.
As Patricia and I took up our little perch from the corner of my eye I could see him approaching us, 'oh man, no, please no, just leave us be'. But he strolled over and asked if we spoke English and I turned and replied, “Yes! I speak English and Patricia speaks Spanish and broken English.” He asked if he could get some help with tying up his watchbands. He had a red cotton string to secure the bands together as the clip had fallen off. So I tied up his watchband while he spoke to Patricia in Spanish. They then turned and spoke to me and I found out that his name was Adonis.
The Captain announced that we will be making port in 15 minutes and asked the passengers to make their way to Level 5, in order to be placed into groups to be bused across to Mykonos’s town centre. Handsome Adonis informed us that he needed to get his camera. Patricia and I didn’t think to wait for him and we continued onto level 5 where our English Speaking Singles Group was called to board the bus. Mykonos was so beautiful and special and it looked like a precious jewel in the Aegean Sea.
The windmills on the island of Mykonos
The island of Mykonos with its cobbled streets, bougainvillea flowers draped across the white and blue buildings and the abundance of seafood littered the streets.
We couldn’t find Adonis amongst the white buildings so we just enjoyed the village of Mykonos, taking in the scenery, food and sunset before we boarded back onto our ship.
As Patricia and I boarded back onto the ship there Adonis was waiting in the lobby with his larger than life smile, without hestitation Patricia and I walked over and asked what had happened and it was just like that, that the two of us became the three of us.
Over dinner and drinks a common theme was established, we all had come out of long term relationships with broken hearts to heal, we needed to restore our faith in both women and men and we reflected over what relationships meant to us. As I looked at us around our dinner table, I recognised that we were three beautiful souls, with so much to share with many. Here we were laughing and learning to love again. It was magical! It was as if the weight from all our shoulders had evaporated into the ether and the sparkle in our eyes and fire in our bellies ignited, magic really happened that night. We drank into the earlier hours of the morning waking ready for the island of Rhodes.
The Island of Rhodes - The Trojan War had just Begun
Meeting at breakfast became our daily ritual. At our breakfast table we would discuss how we slept and what our plans were for the day. The Head Butler and one of his waiters learned very quickly my preferred seat and made sure that I was served gluten-free food. They doted over me like my surrogate parents so much so that the waiter invited me to join him for coffee after his shift ended. As carefree as I became I said 'sure, where do I meet you?' We were to meet at the port coffee shop but unawares to him my company was not one but three. So Adonis, Patricia and waiter guy, Troy (let's call him that) walked over to the port coffee shop - he was not expecting them but I was not interested in a romantic rendezvous with a complete stranger. It was an awkward meeting one filled with uncertainty but I felt safe as Adonis and Patricia did not leave my side. The coffee was strong and the conversation was dull but I sat there hoping for someone to say lets go and explore - I was done! And just like that he looked at his watch and said "I will see you tonight at dinner right?" I said "sure" and we parted. Troy headed back to the boat and I headed with Adonis and Patricia to venture around the island of Rhodes to immerse myself in the history of the Knights of Templar.
Arrival into Crete: It was war!
We were now half way through our cruise and we were feeling pretty exhausted and tired. Being on a ship is pretty amazing but it is go go, go and very little down time. Patricia and I needed Wi-Fi and the ship's Wi-Fi was run off satellite and way too expensive. So Troy assured us that Heraklion had Wi-Fi in the town centre inviting himself to join us. His shift finished sometime after we disembarked the boat so the three of us settled into tourist mode and we went on search for the 16th century Venetian walls. During this rather long and extensive adventure I was being tracked down via Troy through the mobile phone as he was trying to get to our location. It was an awkward and unsettling feeling of obsessiveness and possessiveness and I could not stand for it. It unsettled me, that Adonis and Patricia became awfully concerned. We eventually returned to the ship to find that he was waiting in the lobby and behaving very poorly towards me so Adonis stood by my side and the three of us avoided dinner at level 4 and I avoided my cabin until earlier hours of the morning.
It dawned on me that this little problem that was brewing, I had no control over it. To my credit though I was blessed with Adonis and Patricia's friendship as they guarded and stood by me. It was at this stage of the trip that Patricia realised Adonis liked me and I was oblivious as I was too concerned of Troy and his unpredictable moves. That evening we resorted to cocktails by the pool and wondered what tomorrow was too bring.
To be continued...
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A little about me. Currently I'm a full time teacher and a part time reiki healer. Though one thing is for sure, I love travelling as it awakens my soul. So I thought I'd share how my two worlds collide here on my "blog" and all things spiritual.