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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
April 27, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 27 April 2014
Docked in Saint Georges, Bermuda
Good evening! Our good friend Robbie, and resident Bermudian on the Cramer, taught us that some version of the phrase good morning good afternoon or good evening is the required salutation to keep in style and good standing with the local people. In our first 6 hours of free time on solid ground, it has proven itself true. Bermudian culture is surprisingly formal but following proper manners results in overwhelmingly friendliness smiles, waves, and greetings for all.
To give a little context for those who lack geographic and historical knowledge (like me), Bermuda is a rather unique island in the middle of Atlantic. Aside from its geologically puzzling isolation, it has also been inhabited for less than 500 years. It currently has a population of approximately 65,000 and a very strong economy centered on banking. The vibe is a strange mixture stemming from its English colonizers and Caribbean neighbors. Houses are painted brightly like in Puerto Rico, but the architecture doesn’t match. Driving occurs on the left side of the road. Everyone seems relaxed and simultaneously proper. I saw a man wearing a suit jacket and tie on the beach with yellow Bermuda shorts on the bottom. Perhaps that best sums up the formalities and special island flare.
Let’s get back to my previous statement though, FREE TIME ON LAND! After three hours of scrubbing the ship top to bottom during field day, we mustered on the quarterdeck for final port call instructions and then the captain let us loose. We spread out and roamed Saint Georges enjoying the various amenities such as a laundry mat, gelato shop, internet café, beaches, restaurant, and my personal favorite - the space to run, run, run.
Curfew has everyone back aboard the Cramer and tucked into their bunks. I sense a variety of mixed emotions. Excitement for the coming days of exploration. Mental overload from the number of people and things surrounding us. Longing for the simplicity and rhythm of sailing. Annoyance at the bright terrestrial lights that pollute our pristine stars. Relief at the safe arrival in port. Happiness to wear clean clothes and return to familiar society. At any rate today marks the beginning of a new yet equally exciting leg of this voyage.
PS. Shout out to my friends and family in Wenatchee, Walla Walla, Peru, and anywhere else you may be. I love you all and hope fair winds are blowing your way. Un abrazo especial para Cielo.