A 7 metre drop!

Whitewater Rafting Adventure in Rotorua New Zealand.

A few weeks ago, I found myself in Tauranga, New Zealand heading out on a wicked Whitewater Rafting adventure with the upper management, staff, Captain and Cruise Director of the cruise ship I’m currently a guest entertainer, the Celebrity Cruises Solstice.

More recent I found myself staring at the calendar.  This week marks exactly two months onboard the Solstice and in two weeks the calendar shows I’ll be celebrating my 36th birthday.

Time is flying.

I’ve never put emphasis or excitement on birthdays, I’ve always thought it’s strange to parade around waving the birthday flag.  There are a lot of things I’ve accomplished, but my birth isn’t one of them. (Although I’m thankful for it :p) But the more birthdays we have, the longer we live, so I guess there is some accomplishment involved.

Quick, someone pass my birthday flag while I can still hold it above my head.

But this upcoming birthday has some significance because 36 is two 18’s. (At this age, I need to keep the math easy.) This birthday means I’ve spent half of my life on the road, and at sea.

I love travelling the world, and the more I discover, the more I want to explore.  And since I travel alone I’ve learned a lot about myself too.  I’m starting to learn that I’m getting tired of learning alone, but that’s a future discussion.

This gypsy lifestyle has all kinds of perks but there all kinds of sacrifices too.  I’ve learned that sharing my frustrations, complaints, worries and negatives about travelling and my profession is just as bad as admitting I don’t like the Beatles or Pink Floyd or speaking badly about the dead. (the birthdayless?)

It’s true (I’ve never liked Pink Floyd.)  I understand why it seems so blasphemous to have complaints about travelling when exciting opportunities like Whitewater Rafting in Tauranga, New Zealand crosses my desk.

This was an amazing adventure, and all thanks belong to Ben Powney, cruise director and friend.  I was invited to tag along with many Captain Tasos and other officers and management staff of the Celebrity Solstice.

It turns out there is a 7metre drop involved—not to spoil the punchline, but we all survived.

Pass the birthday cake.

SEE ALSO: Celebrity just announced big news this week: Celebrity Edge Class

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  1. Margaret Murray March 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    What an adventure and happy birthday to you in a few weeks time .
    Cheers Margaret

    • Ryan Joyce March 17, 2017 at 12:28 am - Reply

      Thanks 🙂 Looking forward to coming home in a few (months) A good opportunity to get updated on the upcoming show!! My grandparents told me they have seen promo on Cogeco!

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