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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 29, 2015

Community Observations

Avery Birch , Dalhousie University

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Above: Visit to Belem Monastery. Below: Visit to replica Caravela.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
Lisbon, Portugal

Ship Heading
Alongside Doca de Alcantara, Lisboa, Portugal

Temperature
33’C, Clear skies

Souls on Board

It blows my mind how a group of 27 people who have never met before; or crew who has; can begin a trip not knowing each other, and end up forming such a tight intertwined connection.

Everyone on this ship is weird and quirky; I would not want it any other way.

Although it can sometimes be difficult to deal with each other's tendencies, if we all thought the same way would anything new happen? Getting to know each person on this ship is definitely a goal of mine, but it's proving to be more difficult than first thought because of the depth of conversation that one person might take you on. All I know for sure is that every person here holds a great deal of value just waiting to be realized, and I'm glad to be able to work with each person in this community.

Life at sea has proved to be an adventure that I did not expect. Since I did not have expectations, this seems to make sense. I did know however, that this was a place I needed to be, and this idea continues to prove itself each day. From the difficult 2:30 am wake-ups to torrential (not so torrential) rain, to the beautiful blue waters and pink skies of Portugal, this adventure has begun to uncover a new me. While I have yet to understand exactly what that is, I know that it is giving me more desire to follow my nose where I feel I can be engaged and create impact rather than subjecting to dogma. Uncovering this statement in a more understandable form, I have more reason and focus to chase my pursuits and enroll on excellent adventures that continue to test me.

We have now been in Portugal for 2 days and I absolutely love this place.

Where Warsaw once sat in the top position for my favorite city, Portugal has taken the lead by a mile; it's bliss here. I'm not sure if it's the excessive heat, the ridiculously friendly locals, the copious amount of fish in marinas, the magnificent buskers in the streets, or even just the endless amount of small local shops, but this is certainly a place that I will visit again. We have another 3 days in this city before heading out, and I'll be sure to enjoy every minute of it with the best group of friends I've ever made in the shortest amount of time. Among each of our weaknesses, a communal strength is formed which is something I have not experienced before.

-Avery

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Historic Seaports of Western Europe, • Topics: c261  port stops  portugal • (0) Comments

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