SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
March 14, 2019
Smile for the Camera
41°17.325’S x 174°46.819’E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
At Port in Wellington
Winds blowing from the South at a force of 2. Clouds at 8/8, sc. 1021.3 Millibars. 17°C outside with calm sea conditions in port.
Picture this: It’s 0800 and you’re eating breakfast on the quarterdeck. You’re wearing the cleanest items of clothing which after 4.5 weeks on a boat equates a smell test. You’re having a conversation with your shipmates about what you’re the most excited to do today with your research time on shore. Now picture the 20 tourists and Wellington locals staring at the boat and taking pictures of you while you shove a breakfast sandwich in your mouth like you don’t remember a thing that your Girl Scout’s mealtime etiquette badge taught you.
While I don’t think I’ve even thought that strangers would take pictures of me, I would not often imagine it be while I’m curled up in a ball eating a breakfast sandwich. However, if I am one of the cherished memories of Wellington they will show their family and friends over a meal, sorry I didn’t pose.
That being said, it has been a wonderful, yet stereotypically windy day here today in Wellington. After breakfast and morning chores on deck, we were all released to go on our merry ways off into New Zealand. I, along with my two friends Jack and Brooke took a quick Uber ride to Lyall Bay which sits about a 15-minute drive north up the coast. We got to spend the majority of the morning on a nice beach that sits right next to the airport watching planes take off and watching a couple surfers test their luck on the waves. Unfortunately, Jack made the mistake of dropping a French fry on the ground which resulted in us being followed around by some rather angry and hungry gulls for the better part of an hour. I’m not sure if any of you know what 20 angry gulls not being given French fries sound like, but it is an aggressive and unpleasant noise.
Luckily our afternoon was spent with a better soundtrack. After a nice lunch in a local café and spending a little bit of time exploring the rest of Lyall Bay, we headed back to Cuba Street and hung out on some benches while listening to a local musican play. Spending some time there to get a little rest and journal was just about the perfect way to wind up the day, and I think that the musician appreciated the same three people loudly clapping after every song – to be fair, he deserved all of the applause, and I’m not just saying that because I have listened to very little music in the past 4.5 weeks. Then back to an evening and night of deck watch and maybe being the subject of a couple more photographs.
I would like to conclude this blog by wishing my wonderful Mother a happy birthday! I could not ask for a more supportive, selfless, and wonderfully kind mother and I am so excited to be able to celebrate with you and Dad when you land in Christchurch in just about a week now! I’m also sorry that I shaved my head but it should be a good millimeter longer by the time you get here.
Lots of love to all my wonderful friends and family that have been taking the time to read these blogs, I can’t wait to tell you all about this incredible adventure when I’m back on your side of the world.
- Lex Brugler, A Watch, Lafayette College