Our arrival in Barcelona was scheduled for 1pm and about an hour before that we entered the breakwater and backed the ship up to the cruise dock where we tied up and opened the gangway at 1pm. My scheduled excursion for today was a supper and Flamenco dancing exhibition. As I write this in mid-afternoon I may not make that as the stomach is queasy. No fever, just feel poorly. Not certain why as I have not eaten anything outside the ship since Rome and that’s far enough back so if it was that the symptoms would have developed already and not waited this long.
I don’t leave until 5pm and the medical staff starts their calls at 4pm so I may visit them first but right now it’s not looking well for Barcelona; a shame that I seem to be so “delicate.”
Turned out to have a small fever (100) and I did have them cancel the excursion as I was not comfortable thinking that something bad might happen away from “safe” territory.
Later that night my feelings came to pass (so to speak) and it was a good thing that I did cancel the excursion. Took some medicine and went to bed. Slept about 10 hours and was up too late to go on the second day excursion. After a call to medical they said I was grounded for a day at least and a team came in and disinfected the cabin (memories of India, though not as bad…sigh).
So, my memory of Barcelona will be watching the ocean outside the breakwater with sun on day one and clouds building for day two. As I write this about 4:30pm on the second day (Friday, 4/13) the sky is starting to look particularly angry again. The local information says it’s 57 degrees with rain so it must be coming down in the vicinity — maybe to starboard (toward land) as I’m on the port (ocean) side of the ship as we sit in this port and can’t see land from my cabin. [I found out the next day that there was a severe rain in Barcelona that day. Maybe good I could not go.]
But, on the positive side I did get the Rome [and Pompeii] photos all edited and ready.
We are presently at sea heading for Gibraltar and I am released once more.