Position: The middle of the Atlantic
Geographical Position: 14°18.1 N /038°14.4 W
Etmal: 117 nm
Are you awake?
“Friiiida, Friiiida are you awake?” Slowly I opened my eyes to a Joana who was far to motivated.
3:30 in the morning and I thought: “Yes, yes I am, but out my mouth there only came: Mhh maybe I am.”
I fought with hardness against a monster far to big and far to strong: sleepiness. It was a fight I couldn’t win and so I lost.
The soft cushions of my bed, held me tight in their stranglehold and pulled me back down into the lovely hell that called itself Sleep.
“Friiiiida, Friiiida”, the vicious voice of morning awoke me again.
This time I couldn’t lose as the honorable, famous and strong night : Joana with her 160 cm now used all her fighting skills to keep me awake.
She took away my blanket and ripped me from my sleep as the electrical sun reflected from her armor and into my eyes.
The first two hours
“The first two hours, survive the first two hours” was the only thought speeding through my head as I stepped outside and a warm gust of air greeted me.
I went up the stairs and along the poop deck already seeing the relieved faces of the off going watch as they anticipated my coming with a smile on their faces.
While handing over my soul was pleading to the gods: “Please Jacky, please, please don’t put me on the helm” but it came as it had to and Jacky being the she-devil she so commonly is, made me steer.
Tiiiiiiic Toooooc, Tiiiiiiic Tooooc, is what it feels like standing there, the time going by slower than a sloth.
The wheel in my hands, the ship in my control …. and then the worst case scenario happens, the compass, that son of a b____(by Ruben) suddenly shows 290 instead of the supposed 275 degrees.
I started turning the wheel like a hamster and the voice in my head screamed: HEEEELLLP!!!
And then they come, just like the cavalry on the horizon: my watch.
And so me and my watch battle the morning hours, everybody helping where they can and that is how we survive till breakfast as a team.
I wrote this because every single one of us is always there to help and to know that there’s always someone you can talk to, always someone who helps you, never a problem that can’t be solved, is just awesome.
For example if someone is sick or not feeling well, there’s always someone offering their help asking if they can do something for you.
Or if you don’t understand something in Math there’s always someone there to explain it.
Or you just can’t do the last hour of your watch there’s always someone there who offers to takeover.
And even if its just a hug you need there’s always someone there to hug.
P.S: An meine Familie, ich wünsche euch eine schöne Adventszeit, feiert schön den ersten Advent.
Ich habe euch lieb und vermisse euch! Frida