Day 28…Circumnavigating the Australian continent…A fabulous seminar experience…

It had been a long time since I’d done a seminar.

“Sighting on the Ship in Australia”

Artistic rendition of square frames located in a stairwell.

I don’t know where to start to describe our experiences by doing a seminar about our travels around the world at the Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas. With little time to prepare, we did our best to put together an agenda, hoping to attract the 20 or so participants we expected.

Note our talk scheduled at 11:15 am on today’s ship Compass program.

When the huge Colony Club began to fill with over 100 passengers minutes before we were to begin our talk, I found myself blissfully at ease in anticipation of presenting our story. Tom also felt comfortable and relaxed.

After all, it wasn’t as though we needed to learn something. We’ve lived it. And to have the opportunity to share it in this group setting was an experience beyond our wildest dreams.

Tom chimed in on several occasions and did a fabulous job.

Not only were our new friends in attendance, but also dozens of other passengers, we’d met at various meals and activities. Then, there were the dozens of others we’d never met who thought they might enjoy hearing our story. 

How humbled we were at the end when the applause was robust and enthusiastic. Go figure. Who knew this amazing experience would be added to our repertoire of extraordinary events in the lives of these two nomads content to live this obscure life on the move?

The seminar went better than we’d expected. 

Having expected a bit of nervousness when we started, I was pleasantly surprised at how the unscripted presentation flowed for both of us. For us, it was not a lot different from our usual banter at the dinner table with eight or ten of us in the dining room.

I love the look on Tom’s face in this shot.

Tom ran the video portion of the presentation with ease, flipping through some of our posts that we thought might be more exciting to share. With almost 1600 posts to date, it wasn’t easy to pick the choose the eight or so we choose to put on the screen. 

Tom managed the video presentation while I talked.  We were a good team.

After the question and answer period, dozens of people stayed behind to chat with us which continued well into the afternoon, resulting in today’s very late posting. We apologize for the inconvenience in being so late today.

As soon as we were done, Kevin, the activities director who stayed during the presentation, asked if we’d be interested in doing a Part 2, before the end of the cruise which occurs in six days. Tomorrow, after giving it some thought, we’ll make a decision and post it here.

There were over 100 people in attendance at our seminar.

The ship is still rocking and rolling, but we’re blissfully content, feeling very grateful and blessed for this new adventure. Who knows what the future holds?

For now, we know we have the almost next two years of world travel planned as we look for more in the future. Pinch me! Life is good.

Photo from one year ago, November 28, 2015:

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