It’s hard to believe that Spring Break was just a week ago. Back in Cambridge it’s nose to the grindstone with classes, readings and long days in the library. Right now sunshine feels like a distant memory. I went on my first cruise to the Caribbean over the break, and for someone whose travel repertoire has mostly consisted of backpacking and sleeping in yurts – it was quite the culture shock. I’ve never been so pampered and fussed over in my life. I can now fully relate to David Foster Wallace’s experience in Shipping Out.
Cruising is part luxury travel and part magic. You can never quite shake the feeling that you are the target of an elaborate scheme everyone else is in on but yourself. You wake in the crystalline waters of Aruba, and when the sun sets it lights up the sky, and turns the sea into molten gold. Aboard the ship, things function seamlessly as if controlled by a hive mind. It seemed like every time I opened our cabin door (no matter what time in the day) our room had magically rearranged itself and there was yet another chocolate placed on my pillow. Or four. And try as I might, I could never actually catch our cabin steward in the act. And the food. My God. The. Food. Unending lobster? An entire meal dedicated to chocolate?? The mind. It boggles.
Of all of us on the trip, Jonny undoubtedly made the most of what the cruise had to offer. He became our gastronomic icon, nay, our hero. It is with the fondest of memories that I think back on Spring Break 2013 – and proudly present my first comic, shot and edited entirely on my iPhone. Without further ado, I give you The Many Meals of Jonny Lim.