SEA Currents: new zealand
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 17, 2015
Auckland, East to West
Hello friends, family, and other viewers,
Overall premise of the day: Bus tour with our local guide Joe, a professor at Auckland University, who was quite the hoot.
Here are some of the big highlights:
November 16, 2015
Day 2 in Auckland
To all parents, friends and those lost trying to find SEA Semester details- AHOY! This is Julianna piping in to tell you about day 2 in Auckland. On every road trip there exists an inevitable first stage to the expedition. You all get in the car and morale immediately shoots sky high. People are singing songs, dancing to the beat and hollering left and right at every intersection. No matter how tired you get driving all night, or how good you feel when you get out to take a jumping photo with a landmark, or how sad you are when its all over, nothing can ever touch this initial honeymoon phase.
November 15, 2015
All Hands Present
With the arrival of all the students this afternoon we now have all hands aboard the Robert C. Seamans and have begun our programming at sea. The students were excited to be aboard, move into their bunks, and have their first meal from the RCS galley.
November 15, 2015
S-263, The Global Ocean: New Zealand, Begins!
All students and crew for S-263 have arrived safely to the ship. The program has begun with a series of safety orientations as well as a field trip through Auckland. Watch this space for blog posts from S-263 over the coming weeks.
November 14, 2015
The Importance of Getting Lost
Here in Leigh it feels like we’re at a soul-searching meditative retreat. We wake up to birds singing their happy songs and sunshine reflecting off of the beautiful blue ocean. Platters of fruit sprawl in front of us and the chef prepares us fibrous meals full of kale and other green vegetables. I find myself smiling when I think of the contrast between this place and the ship we had called home for the last six weeks.
November 13, 2015
Springtime in New Zealand
We’ve been off the boat for a few days now, and our newfound freedom is getting less disorienting and more enjoyable. It’s been a good mix of working hard to finish up projects and taking time to explore the beautiful scenery of Leigh. Although my mind thinks it’s autumn, and I have an inexplicable craving for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, the itchiness of my nose, eyes, and throat confirm that it is in fact springtime here in the Southern Hemisphere. There are several ways to enjoy this season, and here I provide a brief travel guide in case you should ever find yourself at the Leigh Marine Lab without any automotive transport.
November 12, 2015
Secluded on a beautiful coastal waterfront campus only feet from the beach. Overlooking the pristine crystal clear water and untouched lush scenery of the islands around us. Being fed three gourmet meals and two delicious snacks with unlimited complimentary lattes to go with it. And limitless fresh fruit! Something that was scarce and hard to come by on the boat. However, much of our time at Leigh Marine Laboratory has been spent in front of a screen, whether it is skyping our parents or friends, catching up on events that we missed in the last few weeks or synthesizing the information that we collected. Essentially, we are attempting to understand the adventure that everyone, in their own way, values; and I can’t imagine a better place than New Zealand to try and do it.
November 11, 2015
On the night of the 8th, C watch took the their last watch of the trip. Some say C watch got a little short-changed by having mid-watch because it allowed the shortest amount of sleep. But to be honest I didn’t care about what watch we had, I just wanted the last one to be a good one. The city lights of Auckland kept the night bright and a destination clear insight. It also made the position of lookout very controversial because all I could see in front of me was land and reporting the obvious seemed ineffective. So my eyes began to wander to the sky as I tried to remember ten navigational stars. They also traveled down at the bow into the waves as our ship glided through the glass water.
November 09, 2015
University of San Diego Previews Student’s New Zealand Voyage
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Student Embarks on SEA Research, Study Abroad Journey to New Zealand”
by Allyson Meyer, USD News | Nov. 9, 2015
Passionate. University of San Diego junior Nick Monica has a love for anything environmental. An avid photographer and environmentalist, this environmental studies major and marketing minor is ready to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime research and study abroad experience to New Zealand. Having left on Nov. 7, Monica will be living and doing research aboard the ship, the Robert C. Seamans.