I am Pat Buckley a retired Home Economics teacher originally from Doylestown, PA USA but now living in Ponte Vedra Beach Fl. I'm off to see a small corner of Australia, a lot of New Zealand, the Panamá Canal and thousands of nautical miles of the Pacific via a single cabin on the MV Bahia. It is a German, Hamburg Sud, freight ship. Why a freighter? The best days on a cruise ship are the sea days and this trip will provide 54 sea days. As family and former students know, food has always been my thing, Especially, the production, processing and preparation of meat. New Zealand sheep, cattle, wool and fruits come into Philadelphia. Now I get to see the production and processing side.
August 2nd 2012
The Bahia is on the way from Philadelphia to Savannah to load and unload some freight (and me) sail through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia. It is a medium large ship with 844 refer plugs. Matthew, my wonderful grandson will take me to the port. To be sure we are there ontime we will go up to Savannah from Ponte Vedra tonight and stay in a motel. That young man must have my genes. He thinks he has reserved a motel where we will be able to see the ship from the motel! Our guess, after watching fleet tracker, is that the ship will arrive about 9 PM tonight. Since ports operate 24/7, I may be boarding in the middle of the night. More on that later, it is ... read more