SEA Currents: culture
February 29, 2016
Leapin’ through Samana because we wanna
Happy Leap Year, friends and family back home! Today was our second day anchored in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic. Yesterday we remained on board, however today we spent a long day out exploring this island. Our day began with a beautiful sunrise and some delicious pancakes that Maddie assisted on, followed by several tours throughout different areas of Samana. Our fantastic tour guide Wilfredo Benjamin Kelly accompanied us all day and taught us about the history of the town (we learned that the majority of the people of Samana have English last names because of the diverse cultures represented).
February 25, 2016
Waitangi Treaty Grounds Visit
Today was a glorious day indeed. We took a ferry from Russell to Paihia. From there we walked along the beach to the Waitangi treaty grounds. The British and Māori signed the treaty in 1840 and the treaty is controversial to this day because the British and Māori versions read differently. For instance, the British claimed sovereignty over Māori land; however, to the Māori “sovereignty” translated to rangatiratanga, or simply governorship of their land.
February 19, 2016
Prime opportunity to get new shoes
Kia ora! After 6 weeks onshore of learning about the Māori history and culture, today we finally were able to visit with the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei hapu (subtribe). We didn’t let our travel delay deter us from having an enjoyable morning, so before boarding the one bus in all of Auckland (thanks Ben and Jeff), we spent the morning lounging on the quarterdeck, playing games, and learning some new ASL signs.
November 27, 2015
A Visit to Pahia and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Yesterday class S-263 and crew arrived to the Bay of Islands and enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner aboard the Seamans with a few locals. Today we visited a town named Pahia (or “Heaven”, so called for its historic church presence), and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where New Zealand’s historic land and power treaty with the British crown was signed. In order to get to Pahia and the Waitangi Treaty grounds, our class and crew first lowered and boarded a motorized dinghy from the Seamans to Russel (or “Hell”, so called for its brothel, bar, and tattoo parlor presence in the 18th - 19th century). We then rode a ferry to the small dock at Pahia.
November 18, 2015
Craving Sea Under Sail
Ahoy family, friends, and fellow followers –
The itch and anxiousness to find open seas have overcome us all. Thoughts of escaping the dock and unfurling the sails are brought up often between one another. But putting aside our sailing excitement, one last port day in Auckland awaited us.
November 02, 2015
Happy Halloween from the Cramer! Today is our belated celebration of Halloween on the ship as we head for the Canary Islands from Madeira. We’ve spent the last few days in Madeira and have had a wonderful time there, and now we head for the Canaries. We spent some of our time in Madeira touring the island, visiting some of the inner mountain ranges and then heading for several cities on the Northwestern side of the island.
October 20, 2015
The Ruins of Baelo Claudia
So far, today has been yet another cloudy (and occassionally rainy) day for us in Cadiz. On the bright side, the sun has shined through every now and then as the afternoon progresses. Much like the past few days, a little rain won’t stop us today!
At 0900 this morning, we hopped on a bus and made our way down to the ancient Roman city, Baelo Claudia, located a little bit west from the Strait of Gibraltar. Baelo has long been abandoned but luckily, some its ruins have been excavated, allowing us to travel back in time to learn about this once very important Roman city.
October 16, 2015
Andalusian Paradise: Cadiz
It’s been thirteen days since we left from Barcelona on our voyage in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic along the Spanish coast. Along the way we encountered pods of dolphins, pilot whales, hammerhead sharks and stunning sights ranging from Spanish and Moroccan peaks to the gorgeous views of the area surrounding the Strait of Gibraltar.
October 12, 2015
Small Island, Deep Roots
As was the case with Samoa, Wallis has been unexpectedly bursting with places to see, people to talk to, and daily lifestyles to witness. Wallis, or Uvea, is a French overseas territory of only about 9,000 people, and it’s been largely excluded from the world of online information. When I first explored the capital town of Mata’utu on Saturday afternoon and found the streets to be mostly deserted, aside from the occasional car passing by, I couldn’t believe that the country’s capital might be as empty as its Wikipedia page. It turns out that I just wasn’t looking hard enough.
October 11, 2015
We’ve Made a Friend or Two
As this blog’s title suggests, we have certainly made a friend or two in our travels. It all started on the plane ride to American Samoa, where many people were headed to visit family. I remember being exhausted and staring blankly into space when a man looked at me with a toothy grin said “Hey man, be excited! We are all headed to American Samoa!” At this point I snapped out of my trance and knew we were headed to a different place.