Mal de debarquement
I just got back from a holiday with some friends from secondary school, a mini-reunion. We had so much fun. We reminisced about our school days, dredging up memories long forgotten, each of us recalling something the others didn’t. We laughed till tears ran down our faces, fits of laugher rendering us immobile and even knocking one of us to the floor in a hotel lobby!
We spent a few days in Orlando, Florida then went on a cruise to the Bahamas. We toured Nassau and New Providence with an extremely friendly and knowledgeable tour guide who regaled us with tales of the rich history of the Bahamas. It was such a fantastic experience and I hope to do it all again.
Shortly after we got off the ship, I felt like I was still at sea. I could actually feel the rocking and rolling even though I was standing on solid ground and I felt a bit woozy too. I thought I might be imagining things so I asked my friends and one of them said she felt exactly the same.
I vaguely remembered that I’d heard of a similar condition which afflicts sailors so I called on the services of my trusty friend, Google. That’s where I happened upon the term ‘mal de debarquement’ meaning disembarkment illness.
According to wiki, it is also known as disembarkment syndrome and “is a rare condition usually occurring after a cruise, aircraft flight, or other sustained motion event.” Symptoms include “a persistent sensation of motion usually described as rocking, swaying, or bobbing; difficulty maintaining balance; extreme fatigue; and difficulty concentrating (“brain fog”). Other common symptoms include dizziness, visual disturbances (such as seeing motion, inability to focus etc.), headaches and/or migraine headaches, confusion, and anxiety. Many patients also describe ear symptoms such as hyperacusis, tinnitus, “fullness”, pain, or even decreased hearing. Cognitive impairment (“brain fog”) includes an inability to recall words, short term memory loss, and an inability to multi-task.”
I’m very pleased to say that my symptoms were just those I mentioned earlier and they stopped after two days, that is, until desynchronosis aka jet lag set in
Anyway, I’m pretty much back to normal now. Thank you for asking. And being the kind, generous soul that I am, I would like you to share in some of my experiences of the trip. Vicariously Here are some photos, enjoy!
Views of the resort by night and day.
Menchies at The Loop mall, sells the most delicious frozen yogurt. I made a few visits
Fantastic Cirque du Soleil show, La Nouba, with a delightful cast and a view of the ship as we approached Port Carnaveral.
The view from my balcony. And land ahoy! The Bahamian coast with The Lighthouse and The Atlantis in the background.
The last group of photos are of some of the sights of the Bahamas including Fort Fincastle, the highest point of New Providence island and The Queen’s Staircase named after Queen Elizabeth II. The last one is a sign we spotted on a wall and asked the driver to double back so we could take pictures of it. I think it’s hilarious!
Hope you’ve enjoyed the photographs. Thanks for stopping by.