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Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day: Freighter cruises stories (English Edition) eBook Kindle

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Número de páginas: 346 páginas Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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Deadly pirate attacks and a near collision with an oil tanker are just two of the dangers faced by the crews of today's container ships. 'Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day', is the story of life on the high seas, where real adventures still exist.

The author recounts her adventures on the container ship ‘MV Serenity River’ in this entertaining narrative travelogue. An unusual trip in a world that is usually hidden from view, and where working and living can become a struggle just because of the constant changing of the clocks. However, lifelong friendships are forged and dolphins play around the ship to the entertainment of everyone on board.
But what happens when a hurricane force wind suddenly comes up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and starts tossing the ship about like mad?

Sobre o Autor

Maria Staal was born in the Netherlands (1969). She studied construction engineering and specialised in architectural history. While living in York, United Kingdom, she wrote her first book 'Romans, Vikings, Churches and Chocolate', in which she highlights the fact that even in the modern streetscape, York's ancient history is still visible. Her second book 'From dissenters to fire engines' was also written in York and focuses on the city's nineteenth century churches. Back in the Netherlands, Maria wrote about her adventures working on container ships in her book 'Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day' and it's sequel 'More Stories of Time Zones and Containers'. 'Time Zones' is Maria's first book that is now also available in Dutch under the title 'Tussen containers en tijdzones'.

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 659 KB
  • Número de páginas: 346 páginas
  • Quantidade de dispositivos em que é possível ler este eBook ao mesmo tempo: Ilimitado
  • Editora: FTK Publishing (1 de novembro de 2010)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B004H1TDVU
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado
  • Leitor de tela: Compatível
  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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Amazon.com: 3.7 de 5 estrelas 34 avaliações
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 9 de 9 pessoa(s):
5.0 de 5 estrelas Slow Down and Relax with this Special Book 26 de junho de 2011
Por Brooke Frederick - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Read this book if you have ever fancied roaming the seven oceans as a passenger on a container ship. Maria Staal takes you with her on her journey from Italy, through the Suez Canal to the Middle East, to Singapore and South Korea, then back again to the Mediterranean and all the way across the Atlantic. But the highlight of the book is not so much the colorful ports of call as the crew of the container ship with whom she shares this adventure. Consisting of five or six German officers and twenty-odd Philippine crewmen, the story of how Maria creates her own niche and routine in their midst, and how they learn to accept and embrace her as part of their world makes fascinating reading.
There is the cook, Rodel, who has quite a challenge suiting the culinary preferences of these thirty people from various countries. Every Saturday he reaches out to the German officers and serves Eintopf, a kind of stew, the only dish Maria can't stand -- but by the end of the journey she has grown to like it. There is the Captain, who has a surprisingly soft heart and finds himself paralyzed by indecision when one of his fellow officers experiences a personal crisis that puts everyone on the ship in danger.
Travel books always involve a quest, and Maria's quest in this story is to compile a kind of guide-book for the passengers who ride this container ship to help them find their way in all the different ports of call. The shipping company has offered her free passage if she will put together this book.
Along the way we learn how containers are loaded on and off the ship, and how dangerous the job can be. Another thing that was new to me was the concept of "ship lag," the idea that travelling across time zones and resetting your clocks day after day disturbs your sleep patterns. Having never taken a ship myself but having flown across the ocean many times, I had always thought travelling by ship would be a nifty way to avoid jet lag altogether. Wrong!
While reading this book I kept hoping there would be some action, a real crisis, maybe an encounter with modern-day pirates or something. But the level of excitement never rises above the excitement of another thousand miles covered, or the sighting of dolphins, or returning to the ship just in time before it was due to weigh anchor. Maria moves from one day to the next and from one ordinary shipboard event to the next, over a period of three months. She develops a friendship with nearly every member of the crew, and with the other passengers, and we see these friendships develop as they eat and talk and work together. We are conditioned to expect suspense and action in books and movies and television, so when a book comes along that is completely lacking in it, it stands out. I realized the lack of suspense and action was completely intentional and it ultimately became a great part of the attraction of the book.
This was a very special book, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
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1.0 de 5 estrelas Like watching paint dry 18 de março de 2015
Por Anchor - Publicada na Amazon.com
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As someone who spent fifteen years of my life going to sea I expected lots of adventure and excitement. There was neither. The book is an account of daily interactions with crew members on the ship. Mundane things like what time she decided to eat lunch or a crew member asking her if she will pick up a phone card for them when she goes ashore later in the day. That, boys and girls is about as nail biting as it gets. A complete waste of time.
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 6 de 6 pessoa(s):
3.0 de 5 estrelas Fun, breezy read. 21 de dezembro de 2011
Por C.J.H - Publicada na Amazon.com
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As someone who is gearing up for his first freighter cruise next year I found Maria Staal's book a very quick, enjoyable read about the experience of freighter travel.

Told in a vignette-style, Ms. Staal's writing can be a little dry and matter-of-fact at times, but the experiences she writes of dealing with seasickness, ship hierarchies, mentally unstable crew members, and whiling away the long ours at sea are very informative and inspiring for anyone wanting to take one of these unique journeys.

4.0 de 5 estrelas A Great Book if You're Considering a Freighter Cruise. 30 de maio de 2015
Por John - Publicada na Amazon.com
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The journal of a woman sailing as a passenger on a modern freighter. She tells interesting stories about the crew, fellow passengers and the various ports of call. In this world of container ships that are only in port for a short time, I figured that a freighter cruise would be a study in boredom. There is boredom, but she also finds much to experience and enjoy. I also learned a little about the etiquette of being a passenger and the importance of being respectful to the crew who is often working very hard for very little pay. I'd say it's a good primer for anyone considering a freighter cruise, and the next best thing if you can't make the trip in person.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas My cruising fantasy upon a container ship has been quenched from reading this book. 28 de maio de 2011
Por jim anthony - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I ran across this title in a discussion group on tagging. The title of the book intrigued me and the cover resonated a sense of tranquility.
I read the free sample then I bought the book and it's one that I will enjoy a rereading again and again.

I immediately started to bond with the main female character. I felt like I was on that journey with her. After my first day of reading, I was so involved with the story and characters I didn't want it to end. It was like one of those great movies you watch and you wish the story kept going on. Her descriptions were brief and that's all they needed to be because the imagery from her words brought a movie to life in my brain.
My cruising fantasy upon a container ship has been quenched from reading this book.

The author's voice flowed at a leisurely pace and you really felt like you were on this traveling journey. Even the smallest details she painted a mural and you could see this clearly in your mind. From finding a puzzle was no box or reference picture from which to work with, to the constant time changes a body must endure, to the oddball characters from crew and guests, this was a happy place to be. I really want to be on this journey with them.

I looked forward to finding a half-hour here and an hour there to sit down and escape on this journey. It's the kind of book that you think about when you're not reading it. You imagine what these characters might be doing right this moment upon the container ship and it makes you want to rush back to the book and start reading some more. I love novels that let me totally escape reality and grow a bond with the characters.

The authors knowledge about these container journeys is quite vast. I'm sure from the authentic voice in her writing everything rings true. From the ports of calls, to the lazy days with no land insight, to the celebration with barbecue, I found it all intriguing just as I had hoped from the title and the cover.

I read a lot and my taste in author's runs every genre

I can't wait to read her next novel, 'More stories of time zones and containers.'
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