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.
The light rises up from the sea
And spreads ‘till it fills the whole sky
Lavender, Rose and Gold. The colors of dawn unfold
Sweet moment you long to hold as it passes by
And now with the mountains aglow
The sun bursts from under the sea
Yesterday’s past, a new day at last
A new day unfolds for me
And my heart leaps as high
As the sun in the sky,
I’m so happy that I want to cry.
(From Suzannah McCorkle’s lyrics)
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.