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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
November 24, 2019
Cleaning and Dancing and Singing
Hi everyone! I am Liz Harris, a junior studying wildlife biology at Missouri State University (GO BEARS!). I hope those back home can see how much fun we are having here in St. Croix from the blogs and, if not, I promise it is a lot. Today is Saturday, which started as most days do: the TP (talking partners) group on “watch” woke everyone up, followed by my roommates (Rebecca, Valeriia, and Ciara) and me singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (yes that specific song almost every day). One of my favorite things about my fellow shipmates is how energetic we all are. If one of us bursts into song, which happens often, someone else will join in.
Tomorrow we will be boarding the Corwith Cramer and we are all very excited. Today’s goal is to get ready to depart the amazing Discovery Grove, so we conducted a field day, where we clean everything floor to ceiling. We only took an hour and a half to clean everything, which was way faster than I thought it would be. I was assigned the kitchen along with Rebecca, Izzy, Courtney, and Emily. Of course, we made it fun with singing and dancing.
This left the rest of the day to read our assignment, Far Tortuga, pack, or relax. It was a really nice change of pace to have a bit of a hermit day after going nonstop for the last nine days. Our down time is filled with many things, such as card games, rummicube, chess, friendship bracelets, yoga or collecting chainey (buried pieces of old broken Danish porcelain). One of the best parts of today was our afternoon snack: ice cream!! Our entire group has been asking for it since day one. Our steward, Natalie, gave us a nice treat for the last day and you bet there was chanting.
Our class today was marine environmental history with our professor and “shore captain,” Ben. We discussed Far Tortuga, a novel about turtle fishing in the Caribbean. We had an insightful discussion and, if you ask Ben, it was his favorite part of the day.
I think back to last winter when I had given up the thought of studying abroad, but, after just one discussion where I learned about SEA, I was convinced. During my time at SEA, I have experienced so much in such a short time. I still can’t believe that my classrooms are the Caribbean Sea, coral reefs, and a ship.
With our Island Component coming to an end, I have been reflecting on our journey as C-289. Back in Woods Hole, which seems so far away (less than twenty days ago) we were one group but living between two cottages. Here in St. Croix, you can see our community shifting into one big blob of utter amazingness. I have been thinking about the words of one of our professors, Matt, which is family (hi Matt! Sending warm thoughts to New England). Seeing my mates laughing and singing, I can’t help but always have a smile on my face as I watch this family grow closer. I could not imagine singing, growing, and laughing with a better group of people. I know that no one here wants this journey to end, considering all the talk of making plans after we get back to the states. I love each and every one of them. I am constantly laughing and would not have it any other way.
P.S. To all the friends and family reading along, I’m sending love from the warm Caribbean and I’ll see you all soon!!