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We had breakfast on deck again. It was not as nice out. The clouds had started to gather and the wind had picked up. The sea was just starting to develop a swell. None the less we ate well.

This morning our astronomer, Rick Fienberg, gave his last lecture “Hubble’s Universe.” He took us through the development and launch of the original satellite. He showed us the early results and detailed the fixes necessary to fix it. Then he took us through some of the discoveries and why they are important. He showed us quite a few photographs taken from the telescope. I was surprised to learn that many scientists now think we may be just one universe amongst many. Mind blowing.

Lunch was on deck and by then it was getting quite bouncy. Again, it didn’t keep us from eating well.

At 4:00 PM the galley staff gave a demonstration on fruit/vegetable carving & marzipan decorating. Since I do not entertain with food, I elected to skip this. Evelyn went and found it interesting. She said that one young man was a true artist. He grew up in a family of wood carvers and he was able to transfer these skills to different materials.

At 5:15 we had the last DVD “The Blue Planet: Coasts.” It covered the sea birds and animals that live at sea but must come ashore each year to breed. This included our penguins as well as sea turtles and grunion. As usual, the video was heavy on the struggle between life and death – this time in the surf and on the cliffs.

One of the gals that we have become friendly with has her birthday today. She invited us to her table for dinner. I decided to dress up as best I could. We had a nice time, but our enjoyment was dampened because the guest of honor was feeling some sea-sickness.

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