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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


Mar

11

Adios Cuba!

Hailey Mischler, Ripon College
SEA Semester Caribbean

The class at El Morro Fort at the entrance to Santiago Bay

Position
19° 36.9’N x 075° 55.9’W (Just South of Cuba)

Weather
Cloudy with Winds East by North, Force 4

Speed
4.5 knots

Souls on Board

Well, today started with some more exploration time for all of us in Cuba to hopefully find some more information about our projects. Emma, Aiden, Sophia, Taylor and I wandered the streets of Cuba in search for some local art stores that we were told about and it was followed by a success. We found some beautiful pieces of work that showed some meaningful aspects of life in Cuba but also the beauty the artistry found in this country. We then wandered over a few streets in search for a churro (deep-fried doughnut rings), which I had found the day before with some other people on our way back from a 9-10 year-olds baseball game(that game was a lot of fun to watch, and we even had a chance to talk to the coaches about the teams). The group consensus today was that the churros were great, so of course we got another since they were only about 50 cents US money. After our churro lunch and a little more time spent looking at local crafts, some of us headed back to the Cramer to get caught up on journaling and to have some down time before we set sail again.

Overall my Cuba experience was pretty great. I liked it more than the Dominican Republic. The cars were definitely one of my favorite things, many of them were so old, colorful and beautiful. Even though most Cubans speak very little English, many of the people we met knew some English, and with a lot of our broken Spanish we were able to communicate fairly well. And of course, knowing that we are part of a small group of Americans who have been to Cuba now (something that is still hard for me to wrap my head around), because it is still so hard for Americans to get there, made our visit all that much more special.

When it was time for everyone to be back to the Cramer, we started our preparations for sailing and passing through customs. We left Cuba around 1800 tonight, and A Watch was on this evening from 1900 to 2300. The transition from steady and calm to being back on a rolling sea meant that many of us had a rough time getting reacquainted to being underway. A Watch and a few others stayed pretty close to the railing all night, including myself. Hopefully things get better in the morning because, as A Watch said before we left the deck tonight, “dinner doesn’t taste good twice”. Spirits will certainly improve soon, as we are now only a few days away from Jamaica!

Finally, it is time for me to say goodnight as I try to get some sleep for watch at 0700. I would also like to wish my sister, Callie a happy 19th birthday!! I hope 19 is everything you ever wanted and so much more, I can’t wait to see all of you again soon, miss you and love you!

- Hailey

Comments

#1. Posted by Tish Saburn on March 14, 2016

Thank you, Hailey for the update! Sorry your tummies needed to readjust to life at Sea! Enjoy Jamaica!

Hi Tess…missing you!!!!


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