I spent my early 20's working on cruise ships. It was an amazing life experience and I still feel so grateful for getting the opportunity to travel parts of this great world and meet so many incredible people.
I worked as a manager and assistant manager in the shore excursions department. This meant I served as a liaison between the different tour operators in the ports of call we visited and the passengers. I got to learn all the ins and outs of the ports we visited and helped to match passengers up with the best tours for their interests and abilities. It was tons of fun and loads of hard work.
The coffee on ships was terrible. Hopefully this is something that has improved these days! To remedy this problem I may have broken the rules and had a coffee pot and an espresso maker in my cabin. I am from Seattle after all and have a reputation to uphold. 😉 As the evening shift change would approach for the deck and engine departments, I would get knocks on my door from officers with coffee cups in their hands.
While the deck and engine officers were heading to their shifts, my dear friend, Michelle, and I were typically rolling into happy hour. Those coming off their shifts often joined us as well. I'd make coffee, Michelle and I and those finished for the day would drink wine, and we'd all laugh, joke and tell stories well into the night.
Michelle and I used to joke that we were going to get off ships and open our own coffee shop. We were going to call it "Coffee Talk" ~ make sure you use your best New York accent when reading that! Our motto was going to be, "when we start trying to impress you, we'll let you know."
I'd love to have this Coffee Talk space to share things other than baking and food. I am a wife, a mom, a daughter, sister, friend, dental hygienist, etc., and would like a space to talk about life. I hope you will join me from time to time!