SEA Currents: s255
October 03, 2014
Last Day on Samoa
Today was our last full day in Samoa and it was packed with indigenous culture and food! However, I will start this blog with a story about last night. Hatesa, Yaz, Monica, Colin, and I went to a faa fafine show and it was incredible (a faa fafine is a person born male and representing the third gender and some perform in shows similar to a drag show). The faa fafine performed mostly numbers by Beyonce, and also a group of younger girls performed a few traditional island dances for us. Colin, being one of the only guys in the audience, truly was the star of the show and was even brought up on stage for a song. It was a one-of-a-kind experience.
October 02, 2014
Another Day in Paradise
Today was just another typical college day. HA! Who am I kidding? Today was a day full of adventure and experience like no other!
We began our morning off with all-hands breakfast (meaning everyone had breakfast at the same time when normally there are two seatings of most of our meals due to watch schedules) of frittata and yogurt with granola (compliments to the chef, our wonderful steward, Sayzie). After a brief meeting discussing the day’s plans, we all headed off into Apia to kill time before our scheduled event.
September 30, 2014
Arrival in Samoa
Today marked our first official arrival via sail! Exciting times were had for all this morning as the students, faculty, and staff congregated on deck to participate in docking the Seamans at Samoa. Finally, the vomit-ridden night had passed, students were beginning to grow their sea legs, and a beautiful rainbow greeted us as we sailed into port.
As with any arrival to a new territory, we had to go through customs and wait to be approved before we were able to get off the ship.
September 28, 2014
Departing American Samoa
This morning was spent doing safety drills, including MOB (Man Over-Board), fire, and abandon ship. While many of us were getting over some jet-lag, the crowd seemed genuinely excited to use the fire hoses and don our safety immersion suits. To paint a better picture of the safety suits imagine a thick red neoprene jumpsuit which transforms all body types into a Gumby-like figure. Luckily, our struggling to fit into these costumes coincided with a local Samoan church service, so we were provided background music which seemed to match our morning tone—joyous.
September 27, 2014
Today was our first full day aboard the Robert C. Seamans and all of us were excited, though some were grumbling through the 0600 wakeup this morning.
To begin the day, we walked over to the Hokulea boat and spoke with the crew of the vessel. The boat is a modern-day version of traditional Polynesian navigation canoes used to explore Pacific Islands.
September 27, 2014
Greetings to all of our blog readers! All S-255 students & their luggage have safely arrived aboard the Robert C. Seamans. Stay tuned for further blog updates after we all settle in and get underway.
September 25, 2014
S-255, Sustainability in Polynesia Island Cultures & Ecosystems
S-255, Sustainability in Polynesia Island Cultures & Ecosystems, will depart Pago Pago, American Samoa tomorrow. The SSV Robert C. Seamans will tentatively make port stops in Samoa, Wallis & Futuna and Fiji, before their voyage ends in Auckland, New Zealand, around November 7th. A second shore component in New Zealand rounds out the program, ending on November 17th.