On travelling vicariously
I achieved a first at the weekend: I sailed through the Suez Canal. I went through in a convoy of 20 ships and it was fantastic, not at all how I imagined it.The best bit was, it cost me nothing and I did it all from my study at home in Dubai. You may remember that my mum left Dubai on a cruise? Well, I found out that there’s a webcam on her ship – my initial plan was to get her to wave to me from the deck each day, but then I realised that I could get great views from the ship as the webcam is high up and facing forward.
So I started to log on each day – I saw sunrises and sunsets, ports and miles of open ocean. I sailed through pirate-infested waters with all the lights on the ship off after dark – and then we got to the Suez Canal and it struck me that I could almost literally sail through it with mum. So I did.
It’s been a great way to see what’s she’s been doing on her three-week voyage. But there is one problem: She’s still not given me a wave!