I had a very odd conversation with my dad yesterday on the phone.
Me: “Hi dad”
Dad: “Hi love – I’ll call you back.” (Bless! Even at my age, he still likes to save me money)
Me: “Hi again. Have you heard what’s happened in the Maldives?” Click here to see the story
Dad: “Yes – are you worried?”
(For those of you who might be wondering why I might be worried, see my past post about my planned trip next year).
Me: “Yes! But when I went across the Atlantic by container, we were in danger in Colombia too.”
Dad: “Yes, but that was from drug lords – this is pirates.
Me: “My agent’s told me the ships they take passengers on go at twice the speed of the taken ship, have armed escorts and are high sided.”
Dad: “Yes, he’s trying to tell you those ships aren’t as easy to board. Listen, there’s an element of risk either way – you just have to decide if you want to do it.”
THAT’S when I had my thunderbolt moment: I’m a woman in her late 30’s, not married, no kids planning a trip to Oz by container ship from Greece through some bl**dy dangerous waters. WHAT a bizarre conversation to be having. How many other people would be having this sort of conversation with their dads?
Do I have a death wish? I know I have a slightly unhealthy desire to ‘be different’ and non-conventional, but am I pushing boundaries?
Clearly not too unusual as my agent’s told me the trips get booked up with passengers up to a year in advance (let me make myself clear, this is NOT a cruise ship, it’s a container ship passage).
Obviously, then, there are people out there like me who also take these trips.
The thing that makes me chuckle is the very laconic style of our conversation (my dad and I).
We finish off with:
Dad: “The problem comes is with the guns. Clearly you don’t want to get shot.”
Me: “Hmmmm, clearly not, no.
Dad: “If it comes to it, the crew will tell you to stay inside, and you must do so, understand?”
Me: “Sure – my agent had also said the problem is with the stupid passengers who want too much adventure and go out on deck.”
Dad: “Good, so if you follow your instructions of the Captain, you shouldn’t get shot at” (said in a very conversational tone I might add).
Me: “Yes, this might be the one time in my life I actually do as I’m told!”
I will have a serious think about this trip, stay in touch with my agent and keep myself well informed.