Many years ago, was on an European cruise. Our ship was small, 800 passenger capacity. This cruise had less than 400 aboard. Many shore excursions were cancelled. Back then all our prepaid tour passes were given to us on the first day.
Every morning in port, my wife & I would hustle to the tour meeting area to board the bus. And always beating us there... an older lady with a cane that had 3 stablizer feet. Well... She took a long time getting on the bus. Slowly climbing the steps, putting away her cane, backpack, purse. Then finally sitting down in the first seat on the bus. Everyone had to wait till she was good and settled.
Getting off the bus was worse. She blocked the exit as her cane, purse, backpack was retrieved and she slowly made her way down the steps.
With so few passengers onboard, we would see many of the same people on tours.
By coincidence, the old cane lady was on 2 more tours with us, always first in line. I told my wife "This is baloney, I'm getting up real early, gonna be first in line whether shes there or not"
Next stop was Le Havre for a tour of Paris. Soon as the ship docked and passengers were allowed off... I got directions to the tour bus area, then hustled out there. In the distance...who did I see?? HER. The old lady was poking along toward the bus loading area. I picked up the pace. As I started to pass her, I turned and said "Good morning." She didn't say anything. But picked up her cane slightly and litterly ran to the bus. Beating me by a couple of feet. Then she wanted to get chatty. I was in no mood. My wife thought it was pretty funny.
After that... I gave up. But she wasn't on any more tours with us.
un autre jour au paradis