The ride that was
zolabundance2 wrote about her experience with rough waters while in vessels traveling to other places. Feel free to read it here.
That reminded me of my travels to other places where we needed to ride a vessel to get to our destination.
I haven't traveled by sea yet but here are some of the experiences that I have had. We live in the mountains and the closest we have here is a boat ride in one of the parks here in the city where there is a man-made lake. I have only been in a boat ride there once.
(Side note: I belonged in a singing group when I was in school and that group was called Vessels. It was one part of my life that I enjoyed the most for I like singing and we would go from place to place singing for people.)
I have written my experience riding a roro/ferry during our visit in Indonesia. You can read it here. For those who haven't, during our travel from Bali to Java to see the temples there, particularly Borobudur and Prambanan Temples, we had to take the ferry to cross the Bali Strait. This body of water separates Java and Bali. This strait also connects the Indian Ocean and Bali Sea. In my blog I wrote there it took us about an hour to cross but reading some posts online it takes about 25 minutes to cross. To me it felt like an hour at that time maybe because we have been traveling by bus the entire day that I felt tired and weary that all I wanted was to reach our destination.
Also, the water is calm, it was nighttime, the pleasant sea air and the sound of the engine is lulling me to sleep at that time.
Another memorable experience that I had was when me and my batchmates attended a wedding by another batchmate of ours. You can read it here.
The day after the wedding, we headed to a nearby island where we spent the day and had an overnight there.
We rode a motorized boat to get there where in fact we can get there by land but it will take us longer. We were excited and full of glee like kids!
At the beginning of the journey, we were all noisy and laughing and enjoying every minute of it.
Midway through, the waves were getting bigger. For us who are not used to the sea, the sudden dip and rise of the boat is making us nervous so much so that it silenced us. Every time the boat goes over a wave and then down again, we felt like we are going to drown.
Imagine our relief when we arrived at our destination. One of our batchmates noticed now we all became silent during the rest of the ride and she was trying so hard not to laugh but couldn't hold it in any longer when we arrived at the beach. We had a good laugh about that and to this day it is a moment that we shared together that will always be remembered.
There were other boat rides that I have had since then but nothing compares to that experience with my batchmates.
I have yet to cross from my list traveling by ship.