We had a great reception last night with all the other alumni groups in one of the many lounges. One of the great highlights was when a man rushed over to the U of I group to let us all know he had two degress from the U of I and another from Ohio State University. He was traveling with the OSU group, but he remarked how he wanted to hang out with our group, as well. I gave him some of the U of I goodies, which he appreciated!
I was invited to join one couple for dinner last night. They told me great stroies about how they met at the U of I on a blind date 42 years ago. After dinner, I saw a group of U of I EXPLORERS dining together, which usually means instant new friends!
This morning the boat was ready to venture to the island of Santorini, Greece. We even arranged for the U of I group to travel on the same bus. However, as we were in line, the cruise director annoucned that, due to high winds, the port was closed and so were all the planned excursions. They informed us we were going to pull into another island, just to get off the boat for a bit. Soon after, though, we were told that the computers were down at the backup port and we weren't able to dock there, either. That meant a whole day at sea on a rocky boat. Luckily, we've all kept busy eatting lots of food, attending events, relaxing by the pool, hitting the gym and of course getting to know each other.