SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
October 13, 2016
Meanders in Nuku’alofa
21° 07.7’ S x 175° 11.8’ W
Nuku’alofa Wharf, Tongatapu, Tonga.
Sunny and lovely on this tropical paradise
Today was our second day in Nuku’alofa and it started with a successful field day; not so much an entire day but more like three hours of intensely cleaning our lovely Mama Seamans and ridding her of any weird smells, fondly referred to as ‘mung’ among the ship’s crew. C watch got us all pumped and ready to clean by very creatively improvising words of popular songs to reflect our upcoming task. A personal favorite is “Everybody’s Mung-Fu Fighting!” It was a performance that I am very glad to have experienced.
But the real fun began after field day… Today was a free day with no activities scheduled. After getting used to having specific watch schedules and needing to be in certain places by a particular time, this sudden lack of scheduled activities kinda baffled us. Essentially, 25 students were left to their own devices in Nuku’alofa. After getting past our initial confusion about what to do, we were able to fully appreciate this wonderful day on a lovely island in the South Pacific. Some people decided that it was the perfect day to spend at the beach and that is exactly what they did at (insert beach name here), while others decided to meander through the streets of Nuku’alofa.
In terms of activities done as a group, it certainly was an uneventful day but in terms of taking the time to explore the city on our own terms, I think this was the perfect day to do so. The tropical sun was shining down brightly on us, the sky was a clear blue with a couple wispy clouds and of course, the beautiful ocean with its many shades of blue was constantly visible to us. Everyone ended the day with a new story to tell and a fun experience to share and while I would love to talk about all of our new experiences here on the blog, I don’t think it would do justice to any of them so I will leave it up to my shipmates to tell their tales to anyone willing to listen.
It was a wonderful day and while one more day on our grand voyage has passed, I cannot wait for all the other amazing experiences we are sure to have in the days to come. So, keep checking in to hear about our next crazy adventure!