21. DECEMBER 2014 – SAO VINCENTE ISLAND, CAPE VERDE

I went on the same tour as the last time, so my day started quite early. This time I had a different tour guide, but he was very nice and friendly and he really shared a lot of new information that I didn’t hear the last time. We had a bit different order this time and a bit different timing at every stop, but I think all that was better this time. I had enough time to get some great shots at every location. This time I took my own tripod with me, because it is much lighter and easier to use, even though it doesn’t have smooth movements and it gets a bit shaky when it’s windy. But I think I still managed to get some nice footage.
And I kind of enjoy when people ask me questions about the videos and about this job in general. And everybody is interested in when I am from. I met some people that have been to Slovenia before and they all said they loved it and that it is a beautiful country. I know it is, I love our mountains and scenery too, but I guess I am just used to it.
When I got back I quickly ate some lunch and then my roommate and I went to the beach. Ah, nice sandy beach. Last time we were in Mindelo we went to the beach at night and it seemed a bit ugly and dirty. Today we went during the day and we couldn’t be more wrong. The beach was so nice! Amazing turquoise blue water, sandy beach and not too many people! Ah, perfect, even though it was quite windy. But we didn’t care. We went into water just to have a short swim and it was so nice. The water was quite warm. And the views were amazing, even though the beach is right around the corner of the port. It’s all the mountains and the nearby islands that make it nice. The best is probably some small island that looks more like a large high rock in the middle of water. We enjoyed the warm sunny weather and we just lied on a beach for about an hour. We had sand all over us, but we didn’t care, it was worth it. Things like this really make you love this job even more. How many jobs do you know that allow you to spend some free time on a nearby beach, possibly different beach every few days? =)

19. and 20. DECEMBER 2014 – SEA DAYS

19. DECEMBER
Because it is a new cruise and it’s a sea day I decided to film some sea day activities again. I must admit, shooting the same events every cruise will become boring soon, but on the other hand, you know exactly what to expect so it is quite easy. And if you make a mistake once, for example, you realize that some corner isn’t very good for shooting, you can change your position next time. So it’s great opportunity to learn.
Anyway, nothing special happened, just an ordinary day. But in the evening there was another party, this time across the hallway from our room, where the crew day room is. We went there just for a short while, but we wanted to get some sleep, so we left quite early. I see what they mean now when they say you start to appreciate the afternoon naps. =)

20. DECEMBER
Well another sea day, ordinary routine, except today we put a table with some of our retail stuff in front of the gallery. Interesting how many people stop and actually look and buy the things on the table, when I compare it with regular days when we have all this behind the glass window. But I guess we are all like that.
During the day there was a special event during tea time. They had so many different cakes, snacks and desserts, mostly with some Christmas decoration. And the crew that served the food had Christmas hats on, some were dressed as elves and we even had Santa Claus, though he was a bit skinny and had no beard, but hey, we had some Christmas spirit! Most of us really don’t feel the whole holiday time, because we are all working and it is simply too warm for this season. But on the other hand we all like warm weather.
In the evening we decided to get some Christmas spirit anyway, so a small group gathered and we watched the movie Elf. It was nice to just hang out a bit and enjoy the movie. We decided we will do that more often and every time someone else will pick the movie. It sounds like a good idea, but we will see. =)

18. DECEMBER 2014 – SAN SEBASTIAN, LA GOMERA

Today I went on a trip around the island again. This time we’ve been on the island La Gomera, part of Canary Islands. Nice island, a little smaller than the others I think and it’s shape is almost round. But it has a lot of mountains, valleys and a lot of cliffs and rocky coastline. But it sure does look pretty amazing. I liked the scenery, although it is a little bit “empty” island, because there isn’t many villages and not many random houses in the middle of nowhere. But maybe that’s what makes it more pure.
I think my favourite part of the trip was when we were driving through some jungle. Our guide said that forest is part of Unesco natural heritage and it’s a national park. The whole forest is one of the oldest on the world, if I remember right, and once when these islands were still part of the mainland, this was part of a large forest that grew through the large part of Europe, part of northern Africa and what are now as Canary islands. If I remember the facts right, this is the largest part of it that still exists and there are few smaller parts on other Canary islands. When you drive through it you really see it is a jungle and I feel a little sad because we didn’t go out of the bus there and maybe walk through it a little. Maybe that’s a good enough reason to return some day. They say this island is great for hiking and mountain biking, so I guess I should revisit.
So I had another amazing trip full of gorgeous scenic. Because the girl I was replacing just left two days ago, this was the first time I was filming all by myself. Now I got the real picture how my job will look like in the next few months. To be honest… I love it! I’ve been here for about two weeks now and I still enjoy it so much! From time to time I still can’t believe I am here! And if there is something I don’t like too much I just ignore it, I’m not letting any stuff to destroy my happy moments. Well to be honest, there are not many things that I wouldn’t like anyway. =D

17. DECEMBER 2014 – LAS PALMAS, GRAND CANARIA

My first safety drill is behind me now. Interesting, but I really hope we’ll never have to do all the stuff for real. I still have some more training to do in the next few days, you know, the basic safety stuff. But it’s for our own good that we know all that.
Anyway, because of the drill and the rainy weather I didn’t go on any tour, so we had some free time until the early evening. We decided to go to the shopping mall on the other side of the city. Girls needed some Christmas stuff and we all needed some new clothes. I decided to buy myself some sporty pants, because they are so comfortable and I love to wear them when I have some time off and I am just sitting in my room. Since the holidays are almost here I decided I need something a little shiny for the Christmas evening, but also it must be something I could wear through the year too. Because I have a black skirt with me, I decided to buy a silver shirt. I wanted a silver shirt for a long time now, but I never saw one that I would like. They always have some large shiny pieces that I don’t like, or the shirt looks nice, but the colour is wrong and so on. So the last shop I went in, there it was, a perfect shirt, but sadly it was in gold colour. I asked the shop keeper if they maybe have silver ones as well, and who would guess, they did! So I found the shirt I wanted! Now I’ll be shiny! =)

15. and 16. DECEMBER 2014 – SANTA CRUZ, TENERIFE

15. DECEMBER
We reached the city Santa Cruz on Tenerife island, but since it was the last whole day of this cruise we were quite busy at the gallery. After we finished with work I decided to go for a walk around the town, because the scenery looked really nice through the window. And of course I often heard about Tenerife and everybody loved it, so I had to see at least a little bit.
As soon as I stepped on the shore I fell in love with the island. The views were gorgeous! High green hills, palm trees and the city that seemed just the right size. I walked through the town and I was amazed by the architecture. There is a beautiful fountain with two very interesting modern buildings that have the roof covered with plants. I always liked that type of architecture. Beside that I was impressed by other buildings as well, because most of them are historical and with some character. Another thing I loved was the street in old town, more like an avenue, but it’s a pedestrian zone, so there were no cars. The whole length of the street was full of trees, benches and really nice shops. At one part of the street I reached a small square with more amazing and unique trees. I realized I was in front of the city hall or something like that. There were also a lot of red Christmas star flowers – I am not sure how they are actually called, but I know them as Christmas star flowers. I had no idea they can just grow outdoors like that. In Slovenia we usually have them indoors.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the walk around the city. I was impressed by the amount of nice shops as well. I don’t really shop a lot, but this time I actually needed some new clothes and accessories, a little bit also because I didn’t pack a lot of stuff. Well I didn’t buy any clothes, but I managed to get a really useful purse that can be used in three different combinations. Very interesting. So yay, a successful day if you ask me.
When I was returning back to the ship I was looking at the houses on top of the hills and I imagined how nice views they must have from up there. I was a little bit sad, because I didn’t have time to explore the island or the rest of the city, but I decided that I will return some day. So far this is one of my favourite locations I have ever visited. Actually, I was so impressed by the city and I felt so at home that I said to myself that this might be my dream place to live someday. Well, first I would still like to visit and try to live in California, but if that plan fails, I think I found my plan B.
Anyway, in the evening we went out again, had some drinks, went to the night club and so on. I wasn’t really in the mood for party and I was quite tired, so I went back to the ship sooner than most of the others. And also we had to work in the morning, so I really needed some sleep.

16. DECEMBER
This was the last cruise day, so people were leaving in the morning. The girl I was replacing left as well, so we had to say goodbye. I must say I will miss her, even though I knew her for only a week, but she was really nice and we got along very well. I hope we’ll still keep in touch.
Anyway, again I had to work in the morning and later a new group of people arrived, so I had to shoot the video again. I got some really nice shots. After all that I had to edit all the footage and I did it faster than I thought I would, but when I exported the video I realized I forgot about some settings at the beginning, so I had to do everything all over again. Oh well, it happens, but now I know about this mistake and I will hopefully not do it again. So yeah, quite a busy day and sadly no time for me to have a walk around the city again. Hopefully next time, if nothing else, I’ll book my vacation here.