February 15, 2015
I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. Therefore I was rewarded as we sailed past sugar loaf just before sunrise watching the pilot boat drop off the harbor pilot on Prinsendam. We watched the sun behind us reflect on the water and mountains. The statue of Christ the Redeemer’s lights went out when the light reached a certain level. Then we could hear church bells from around the harbor. It’s the Morning of Carnival. I played Luis Bonfa Manha de Carnaval (Morning of Carnival) on my iPhone as a little sail in music. Tonight is the first big parade. We went up for breakfast and found the floats lining up right outside our ship for tonight’s parade. I have wanted to come here ever since I heard Herb Shoenbaum on KQRS in the Twin Cities, back when it was a classical and jazz station advertising the KQ carnival tour back 50 years ago. We are here.