SEA Currents: bermuda.
May 12, 2018
Last Day in Bermuda
Today is the last full day that we spend in Bermuda and we spent a lot of it getting Mama Cramer clean and beautiful, so she can carry us to New York tomorrow. With time throughout the week to explore Bermuda, I was able to converse with many locals about their ideas on the current states of the ocean and what they think about current policies.
May 10, 2018
Out on the Reef
Yet another beautiful day in Bermuda! Today we got to go to the Aquarium and learn more about Bermuda’s unique marine ecosystem! They had a few radical exhibits, including one about the Sargasso Sea! Alex, Kendra, and I geeked out at the hydroid section of the poster because that is what our experiments are on- check out that Clytia species (surprisingly not noloformis) and that Aglaophenia latecarinata!
May 08, 2018
Bermuda Day 2!
What a beautiful day it was today here in Bermuda. The sun was shining bright over the azure waters, and was accompanied by a cool breeze that kept the temperature warm but comfortable. Being on solid ground after 20 days on the Cramer is still a bit odd, I sometimes find my body bracing for a swell unconsciously, but it’s refreshing. We’re all beginning to adjust to the port call schedule which is very different from at sea. Here there are only two watches, port and starboard, and each person only has an hour and 15 minute deck watch instead of the 6 hour long watches at sea.
May 07, 2018
Swizzles and Gangways
LAND HOOOOOO!! Yes, that’s right. Land has been spotted. And even better? We are docked. We have officially finished the first leg of our at sea component. Coming into port was a busy and exciting experience. Our main engine was secured (meaning turned off) at 1033, and we cleared customs at 1120! The water in Bermuda is so incredibly lovely. The truest definition of crystal clear aquamarine I have ever seen. Gorgeous. We are now on Bermuda time, that’s 5 hours ahead of the west coast, Family.
May 14, 2017
Science and Policy Meet in Bermuda
Dear loyal readers,
After almost a week of field trips in Bermuda we are now making our way home. One of the aspects of teaching at SEA Semester that I find most rewarding is the way that we routinely examine the intersections between history, policy, science and exploration, all in an inter-/multi- disciplinary setting. Our time in Bermuda this week was spent investigating how all of these threads come together in this unique part of the world.
May 13, 2017
Bye Bye, Bermuda!
After a week in Bermuda, Mama Cramer is back out to sea and we are headed to New York! This morning we had all hands on deck helping to prepare the ship before we left Bermuda. We made quite a mess during the port call, especially with all the dock lines out from yesterday, and it was time to clean, clean, clean! I felt like I was cleaning my house before leaving for vacation; there was sweeping, mopping, and scrubbing, along with coiling, hanging, and furling.
May 12, 2017
One Last Hoorah
What a beautiful last day in Port! Unfortunately, the ferry to the dockyard was canceled due to gale force winds (Force 8), so we had to improvise for the class field trip. Instead, Mark, gave us a quick walking tour of St. Georges, discussing its history of maritime culture. We learned about Bermuda’s role in trade and got to visit the St George’s museum (a world heritage site).
May 11, 2017
Science, Policy, & Trash…Oh my!
Although we have only been here for about 5 days now, our routine morning stroll to the courtyard in St. George’s already feels instinctive to me. This morning we started off with a special treat from our amazing steward, Sabrina, …homemade bagels! She never fails to keep us full and happy, which is definitely a priority when your daily schedules are as packed as ours are.
May 10, 2017
A Rock in the Middle of the Sea
I spend a lot of time thinking about the moments that led to this one. There is nothing like living on a boat for 22 days to make you think about time’s influence on your life. To think about prior moments and decisions that have led to this one. To think about the way that we got to this specific point in time.
May 09, 2017
The Perfect Day
Only just getting back to Mama Cramer at 2240 is a bit rough as my bed time is often 2 hours earlier. As I am writing this I am suffering from the satisfying exhaustion one only gets after a long day filled to the brim with great adventure. For me personally the day started off at 6:30 because I was the assistant steward this morning! And since it was our wonderful steward’s (Sabrina) day off I was assigned the task of slicing bananas and bread, as well as taking cereal from the cabinet to the breakfast buffet for all. Exhausting, I know.