An Ideal Holiday
Of course, what is an ideal holiday for one person may be a very unpleasant one for another. The sportsman likes a kind of holiday which his lazy friend would find worse than his daily work；while the lazy man's ideal holiday would leave the sportsman quite unsatisfied.
If I were allowed to choose my own holiday, I would have no doubts: I would go on a voyage in a modern passenger ship with a swimming bath. Even if my sportsman friend and my lazy friend came with me, they would both be happy: one would have plenty of games, swimming and dancing; the other could sit in a comfortable chair all day, looking at the sea and drinking lemonade or beer. In a ship, one can do as one likes. If one day I find an interesting book in the ship's library, I can spend the whole day reading it, and nobody will stop me. Perhaps the next day I shall want some exercise. Well, then I can play games with other passengers until I am hot and sweating and ready for a bath. I can go and sleep in my cabin at any time of the day or night. I can get cheap drinks during most of the day, and I can eat as I like, choosing among a variety of foods.
But what I like even more about a sea voyage is the chance to meet new and interesting people from many countries. What other kind of holiday gives us such a chance? Free from all the duties of life at home we can talk, play games, swim, drink and dance with our new friends. They can tell us about their own countries, their daily lives and amusements, their hopes and their fears. And in return we can tell them all about ourselves.
But perhaps the greatest pleasure of a sea holiday is coming to new ports in strange lands, and going ashore for a few hours to see strange places, eat strange foods and hear a strange language talked around us. Whenever I think of my ideal holiday, it is the picture of a mysterious foreign city that comes to my mind.