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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
March 20, 2016
45°52.71’ S x 170°30. 81’ E
Course & Speed
Warm, sunny, partly cloudy
Today was the first day we have gotten to “sleep in” since February 17th. Never before would I have called “sleeping in” until 0750 actually sleeping in—but either way, it felt luxurious. Even with our extra hour of sleep, our morning was not off to a slow start. We enjoyed the company of a breakfast guest, Kim Curry. As we ate a delicious breakfast of frittata and homemade English muffins, we talked with Kim, an ocean chemist at NIWA at the University of Otago. She told us about her long-term research of pCO2 and pH in the different currents off of the Otago Peninsula and most of it sounded very similar to what we were doing on the ship. She gave us so much great advice as future scientists and people who want to make change.
After that motivating breakfast, I met up with two high school friends who are studying abroad here in Dunedin, one of whom studied with SEA Semester on cruise C-262 last term. I showed her around the ship and heard about all of the differences between the Seamans and the Cramer—very interesting! We had a lovely day in Dunedin and they showed me all of the insider places here. We drove to the top of Mt. Cargil, the tallest peak around Dunedin, where we could see the whole bay, city and surrounding towns. After some Thai food for lunch on the main street, we explored the botanical gardens of the city. We ran into many of my classmates who were also throwing Frisbees, laying on the grass and enjoying the uniquely warm day here. We listened to the Sunday reggae concert in the garden that attracted so many families and young people—the whole town was enjoying time outside.
For dinner, we drove to a nearby beach and enjoyed a picnic and bonfire! It was an incredibly beautiful cliffy beach with a few brave surfers and swimmers. Most of the students and crew were on the boat for dinner with several prominent members of the local Māori community. I was not there, but it sounded incredible. After dinner, my friends brought a few of us to their apartment to meet their friends here who are also studying abroad here in Dunedin. The connections that everyone seemed to have with other people from small colleges in the States were unreal.
All in all, it was a beautiful day in Dunedin for everyone. The warmth, the natural beauty and community here have definitely made this my favorite port stop so far. I am so excited for our day here tomorrow but I am hesitant about our departure for the final leg of our trip. We are all pretty sad to think that a week from now we will all be on our way off the ship.