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SEA Currents: port stops


Oct

17

Flashback: The Sounds of an Umu

In latest episode of our SEA Stories podcast, join the students of S-275 as they participate in an Umu, a traditional Samoan feast prepared in an earth oven. Visit a tropical garden and learn about the importance of tattoo in Samoan culture.

Oct

16

‘I Ain’t No Hollaback Girl’ and Other Sincerities

Faith McKenna, B Watch, University of Denver
SPICE

Hello from back at sea! After two full days of sailing, following our departure from Tonga, I think we are all finally starting to regain our sea legs! We have had beautiful and breezy weather as we head towards the outskirts of the Fijian Islands, and will soon (aka Thursday) make our way to Suva!!

Oct

13

Planting some roots in Tonga

Alessandra Rella, A Watch, Franklin and Marshall College
SPICE

Malo e Lelei from Nuku’alofa! We are enjoying our last day here before we head out to sea again tomorrow evening. We woke up early to a misty morning, all excited to take part in projects with a few representatives from the Tongan Ministry of Environment, whom we all got to meet and talk to over a lovely dinner last night. I, along with 12 other students, hopped into a couple of vans to make our way to the Hoi mangroves, where we went to learn about, and participate in, the planting of these trees along the lagoon of Nuku’alofa.

Oct

12

Time to Cross It Off

Kate Hodge, A Watch, University of Chicago
SPICE

When you’re a kid, you dream of seeing certain things-a shooting star, a really cool car, maybe even some sort of paradise like Hawaii that you always saw in beautiful magazine ads. When I was a kid, I dreamed of touching the Great Pyramid of Egypt, of walking along the Great Wall of China, and I badly wanted to find Cleopatra’s Tomb or discover a lost city made of gold in the Amazon. To clarify, I never thought I would be lucky enough to do any of those things, but an archaeologist has gotta dream right?

Oct

06

A full day in Vava’u

Flannery Raabe, C Watch, Oberlin College
SPICE

Today was another exciting day in Neiafu. The day started off with another opportunity to work with VEPA (Vava’u Environmental Protection Association). We headed to Keitahi Beach this morning. The beach was gorgeous upon first glance, but the trash up and down the beach soon caught our attention. In only about an hour, we filled 47 bags of trash. We also had a few students filtering sand through mosquito net filters VEPA made to sort microplastics on the beach from the sand.

Oct

05

Snorkeling is school, right?

Amy Green, C Watch, Boston University
SPICE

Today was our first full day in Tonga! We spent the night tied up at the harbor in Neiafu after getting a chance to explore the town. Students stood hour long watches throughout the night, which was our first ‘opportunity’ to monitor the ship without the supervision of the staff. A.K.A the staff finally got a full night’s sleep.

This morning we were able to sleep in!

Oct

04

We wait on Tonga, no longa

Henry Oliva, B Watch, Colby College
SPICE

Hey!

This morning we wove through a series of narrow channels and brilliant green islands to find our new home on the docks of Neiafu, Vava’u. The Robert C. Seamans grabbed the attention of the harbor as its two masts walked proudly into the town’s waters. As triumphant the ship seemed, her crew’s pride surpassed her by ten-fold.

Sep

28

Welcome Aboard!

Ben Harden, Chief Scientist
SPICE

Welcome to SEA Semester aboard the Sailing School Vessel Robert C. Seamans. We’re in American Samoa, some 14 degrees south in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. 21 students and 13 staff are about to set forth on a voyage to Tonga and Fiji, before eventually making landfall in
New Zealand, 2000 miles to our south, six weeks from now.

Sep

27

Celebration, Umu Style

Alison Derevensky, A Watch, Macaulay Honors CUNY Brooklyn College
SPICE

For our last full day ashore at Pago Pago, American Samoa, S-275 went to a traditional Samoan umu at Reg and Su’a Wilson’s beautiful home. They are good friends of SEA Semester and are educators here on the island where they grew up and currently live on Reg’s family land. An umu is a feast that Samoans prepare typically every Sunday, and it’s kind of like our Sunday dinner or Thanksgiving, depending on how big your Sunday dinners are.

Sep

26

SPICE is in Motion

Jeff Wescott, Anthropology professor, Sea Education Association

All students, faculty, and staff have safely arrived aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans. After a full day of ship orientation yesterday, today’s mission is to enjoy an umu-a traditional Samoan earth oven feast-with our good friends Reg and Su’a Fitiao, at their home in nearby Leone. It is a mission we gladly accept. Tomorrow, we will be underway, sailing on to Tonga.

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