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Afloat But Not Adrift

Having conquered 100km of The Cotswolds on foot, we moved on to the next phase of our adventure: a cruise on the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
It is pure luxury but booze is everywhere – including the cake and chocolates here in Germany where we toured today. It keeps me on my toes and I have to remind myself that there are things I could do to further protect my sobriety, if needed: call the desk to have our mini bar cleared of alcohol and pull a waiter aside and tip him to be my guardian angel (removing wine glasses from my setting and delivering a preagreed order on arrival). If I were travelling alone, I would do this on a heartbeat. As it is, my husband is very considerate and gives me accountability and support. 

I’ve grown weary of my puffball hair and booked an appointment for a blow out with the onboard stylist for the hefty fee of 35 euros. Hopefully it will last a day or two. I have otherwise purchased nothing but a book at Heathrow airport (“The Year of Living Danishly” by Helen Russell) and a teensy amber angel today in Heidelberg, so paying for a few hours of sane hair feels justifiable. I’m telling myself it’s also a courtesy to the other passengers, because this current mass of fluff and doingers I’m sporting is plain disrespectful to onlookers. (Post salon update: normality restored!)

We’ve been on board 2 days and have toured castles, listened to opera (which I loved, who knew?), and walked a thousand cobblestone streets already. I write this from a quiet balcony, watching the beautiful German shores go by. Because we are between cities, the internet is quite weak so I am unable to upload photos for now. More to follow when conditions allow, because I so want to share this wonderful experience with you. 

PS – Sober is better!

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About UnPickled

I am learning to walk without the crutch of alcohol. As I begin I am 1 day sober. Gulp. I drank in private and hope to quit just as privately. The purpose of this blog is to help make me accountable - just by following you will give me enormous support and encouragement.

Posted on June 16, 2017, in Life After Alcohol, My UnPickled Life, Sober Travels and Adventures and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. have loved hearing all the reports and seeing the pics of your trip! I still keep going back to that beautiful bedroom back in England.

    I keep hearing that cruise ships are drunken experiences – I don’t know if I’d enjoy that. I think they’re called Booze Cruises? I cannot fathom being drunk and wasted and paying all that money to not remember a river cruise in Europe. But then again…there was a time I would have thought that was the way to go.

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  2. Sober is better! Enjoy the cruise and scenery.

    Onward!

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  3. Lol. I bet you look amazing.
    Enjoy your view. I bet it’s amazing!

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  4. So funny, my parents took that same cruise last month! Word from my judgmental Mom – cuckoo clock factory tour sounds hokey but the craftsmanship is interesting to see and learn about.

    Enjoy!

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  5. Candlestickmaker

    Glad you enjoyed the Cotswolds

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  6. Sounds like a heavenly trip! Hang onto that amber angel and enjoy the pastries and cheesecake. Looking forward to the pics!
    🌻 Sunflower

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