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SEA Currents: Oct 2016


October 25, 2016

Goodbye Fiji

Emily Chang, B Watch, Mount Holyoke College

SPICE

Great news! We’ve just started the 12 day leg to Auckland—and four out of eight of my watchmates have already donated to Neptune. It’s been a rough start for B Watch. That aside, a lot of us are recovering pretty well and are adjusting faster to seasickness. As I reflect on the beginning of the last part of our sailing component, I’m struck by how fast time has passed. When I look at the various photos that my shipmates have taken, I can still remember the activities and fun of each day.


October 25, 2016

I used to think the ocean was a peaceful place…

Emily Clark, Reed College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Something I want you to know about living on a ship is that it never. stops. moving.

I used to think the ocean was a peaceful place. From above, the ocean looks serene right? It looks like a giant expanse of flat blue and black sandwiched in-between chunks of bumpy land. It looks predictable and it looks secure, but trust me, that image is just an illusion of oversimplified romantic ideals.


October 24, 2016

‘Au i Ke Kai Me He Manu Ala

Tehani Louis-Perkins, B Watch, Whitman College

SPICE

After a night of dock watch I have to say waking up for breakfast this morning was pretty rough. Apparently while I was struggling to get out of bed we had to move the Seamans for boats that were trying to dock. To my surprise next to us was another massive cruise ship filled with people that were eager to explore Suva and the rest of Viti Levu. It’s sort of amazing how much Suva changes when there are cruise ships compared to when there are not.


October 24, 2016

Mountains, Monkeys, and Music

Yarrow Randall, American University

The Global Ocean: Europe

Our day began like any other day in port with a 0630 wakeup. What followed the 0630 wakeup was not like any other day we’ve had on this trip. After a two hour bus ride, we were on the border of Spain and Gibraltar. With a smile, foulie gear, and an open passport, we walked right into the autonomous territory of Gibraltar.


October 23, 2016

Wasn’t that the best of times?

Stuart Wolff-Goodrich, C Watch, University of Vermont

SPICE

It seems surreal that today marks the fourth day being in Fiji. Everything seems to be a blur, everyday holding a new adventure and an opportunity to learn about the Pacific and from the amazing people that inhabit it. With so much going on it has become difficult to take a step back and appreciate all that we’re doing and what we’ve done so far. It won’t be long before we’ll be back home filled with nostalgic thoughts of the beautiful islands and an ocean of undisputed grandeur.


October 22, 2016

Be Ready on Deck with All That You Need

Kate Enright, C Watch Deck Monkey Sailing Intern

The Global Ocean: Europe

We baaaaaack!

Midmorning today I woke up, tumbled with the rocking of the ship into the library in my banana boxers like I usually do when I have the morning off, and poured all kinds of ideas for weird themed blog entries, and lists of quotes and anecdotes onto the ships network. They framed my state of mind at sea.


October 22, 2016

Drua Day

Olivia Shehan, C-Watch, Hamilton College

SPICE

Day Three in Fiji started with a bit of excitement as a cruise ship pulled up next to us on the dock in Suva. So far on the trip, every time someone asked how we could possibly fit 38 people on our boat, I always said “it feels much bigger than you think,” but today was the first time it felt tiny. Once we were sure that we weren’t going to get squashed by the cruise ship and had a new perspective of our vessel, we left to see a traditional Fijian sailing vessel being constructed in a town east of Suva.


October 21, 2016

Bula from Fiji!

Francesca Korte, B Watch, Wellesley College

SPICE

Despite the fact that we only arrived in port yesterday, my Mama Seamans shipmates and I have already been warmly embraced by the city of Suva and kindly welcomed by locals to engage with their communities and culture over quite a few “high tide” rounds of kava drinking.  I could certainly spend the entirety of this post outlining the events of the past 24 hours, but I am choosing to not do so.  I think it would be impossible to use a blog’s worth of words to properly capture and relay the essence of our interactions in Fiji (or any country we have visited, for that matter).


October 21, 2016

Cádiz II: Electric Boogaloo

Dan Mayer, Carleton College

The Global Ocean: Europe

As some or most of the blog readers may know by now, the Cramer and her crew are no longer on course for the island of Madeira, but have turned back towards Cádiz, Spain, for another three days in port. The news came to us today by way of our captain, explaining that there was a large storm in our cruise track that was unavoidable, and it was a bad one. He explained that although he trusted us students and the rest of the crew, you don’t sail yourself into a storm of this magnitude if you don’t have to – and even if we did make it to Madeira without incident, the port may be closed completely due to the swells.


October 20, 2016

You Know Nothing, Jon Snow

Spencer O’Bryan, Carleton College

The Global Ocean: Europe

(We’re working on it, Jack Tar)

When I was growing up I would always ask my family questions. Favorites were, “If you were a Harry Potter character who would you be?”, or “If you had to live in a book what would it be?” These questions bordered on the thin line between childhood curiosity and the determination to never have a moment of silence I could not fill.


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