Early on March 11th we pulled anchor and headed into the marina where I quickly caught up with Per Arne to make plans to get together for sun-downers onboard Ocean Angel. It would be a chance to get to know each other better. Per Arne and family arrived promptly at 17:00 and he’d brought a special treat with him from Norway, a unique liquor made only in that country.
This liquor, once distilled and stored in barrels, is loaded onto a ship where the barrels make a journey around the world, visiting many ports, then eventually arriving back in Norway where the liquor is then bottled with a label describing the ship and voyage which the barrels had enjoyed while the liquor aged.
Linie is extremely powerful, and the practice is to shoot down the liquor, then follow it up with a beer chaser. Well, Joy tried the liquor, and her face and eyes lit up like an explosion had hit. I told her it looked as if the brew had wiped about ten years off her age! Everyone burst into laughter, and Per Arne said, “I didn’t mean to kill you, Joy”, which made us laugh even more.
The next evening the three of us walked over to Escalope where we were treated to a fantastic steak dinner cooked in a Cobb Cooker, a South African invention for conserving fuel and saving lives. The best way to explain this invention is to suggest you search the internet for a detailed description of the cooker. Another great evening, a great dinner with friends, and a wealth of memories. What a great time Joy, Jane, and I had with this wonderful family. Cruisers truly are some of the most beautiful people in the world, and too soon our time together passes. Jane’s ten days had flown by, just like I told her they would, but these were days we would never forget, days we’d cherish forever.