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July 12, 2014

C254 Blog 12 July 2014

Doug Licitra, Saint Joseph's University

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C-254 Students ashore at Ile Tristan, Douarnenez, FR

Position
48° 05. 743’ N x 04° 19. 351’ W
Location
Currently anchored at Douarnenez, France

Hey!
Doug here, reporting in on our third night in France. Douarnenez seems like a great city. All of the locals have been very welcoming and kind (even when I painfully struggle to place an order speaking in jumbled French at the crepe restaurant). I had never had crepes prior to this trip but I think I’ve eaten more than enough to make up for the lost time. Speaking of food, I’d like to say that the food served to us here on the Cramer is fantastic. I did not have high expectations regarding the quality of daily meals at sea but boy was I wrong. Lauren, our steward, is an incredible cook and does a great job feeding us.

Today we took a tour of the historic Tristan Island. Besides physically sailing, I think the tour was my favorite part of the trip so far. Not only did Tristan Island play major historical roles throughout the past 300 years, it was by far the most gorgeous island I have ever step foot on. The only way to get to the island is at certain times when the tide moves out and you can make the short walk across the small bay area. On the island there was a majestic Gatsby-like mansion which seemed to me like it was watching over the entire city of Douarnenez. Also, Professor Dan did an awesome job translating what our French-only speaking guide was saying. Very impressive.

I am having the time of my life on this trip. Learning how to sail is much harder than I thought it would be. For the first few days I doubted whether I would be able to learn the names of all the sails, lines, and normal procedures that are necessary to run the ship. Not to mention the completely different ship lingo that is spoken here on the Cramer. But I am slowly but surely getting the hang of everything and am surely on my way to one of the best experiences of my life. Lastly, I want to mention the friends that I’ve made on the Cramer. A week ago the students barely knew each other and now it feels like we’ve been friends for ages.

I’d like to say a big hello to my mom, dad, and grandma back in Ridgewood. I miss you guys but I’ll be back soon enough! Hope everything is going well over there. Also want to say hi to Sonny and Brooke, my two dogs because I know they are reading this.

Until next time,
Doug

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Historic Seaports of Western Europe, • Topics: c254  port stops  france • (0) Comments

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