Then we got posted to different ships and barely saw each other until 1994. Fortunately we then got to share an adventure of a lifetime together. The first time I went to China I was on the same ship as Gillian. We were on an itinerary that went all over Asia, then headed for the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal. Gillian disembarked in Venice and we never sailed on the same ship again.
But the friendship remains as strong as ever, as do the memories.
|The Great Wall in the winter.
Us in uniform whilst transiting the Suez Canal.
|Gillian took this photo of me with another of our friends,
as we sailed into Venice in the early morning mist.
Out for dinner the night before Gillian disembarked the ship.
Twenty years on we look like this.
We've not changed a bit obviously. (Just nod your head and pretend I'm telling the truth here, please.)