Ocean College

Oktober2021

Exploring Lisbon

Date: 25.10.2021
Authors: Leon & Lukas
Position: Lisbon
Geographical Position: 38°42.085’N, 009°09.620’W
Etmal: 0NM (insgesamt 1731NM)

Today we had a whole day in Lisbon.

After the breakfast the new Captain introduced himself properly in the morning meeting. Now our Captain is Chris and he will stay with us until we crossed the Atlantic.

Then we went off at 09:30 and everyone got a ticket from Kristina for the public transport in Lisbon, which we could use the whole day in the train, bus and tram, which is typical for this city.

At first we went together to a natas factory. We all got one and then a debate started which natas tasted better. The ones from today or the natas from yesterday. Regarding the opinion from the writers, the second ones were better.

Then we all walked together to the tower of Belem. There was a violin player that made the moment much more nice and enjoyable.

After that we split up into groups. Most of the groups took a bus or a train to get in the centre of the city. Some of us struggled a little bit to find a train station, but in the end it all worked out and we enjoyed the 30 min in the bus, because there was free Wifi.

Then everybody did different things. After we arrived in the city some went shopping in the different shops there and we also found a bookshop that had english books.

Also we always looked out for Aizudre, because we had a photochallange to find the best Aizudre (typically Portuguese tiles).

The problem in the end was not to find some, but to decide which photo you want to hand in. There are so many different and beautiful ones. We found really big ones all over one house or wall or really small ones. But they were all really colourful. We even found one with a sailing Ship on it.

Aizudre in Lisbon

But to get back to our day in Lisbon. For lunch we all ate in some restaurants for example pizza. Then we all discovered the city more. You could drive with the tram through all districts of the city, which some of us did. Some also went to the beach we were yesterday but it was much colder.

And some of us searched all the afternoon for a poker suitcase, just to find out in the last store that poker is illegal in Portugal.

At 20:00 we all needed to be back on the ship and it was a very chilled and at the same time excited mood on the ship, because everybody was excited to tell the others wat they did the whole day, but also everybody was also very tired and just happy because we had such a nice day.

In the evening we also had a poker round, with the old chips, because the group that should have bought a new poker suitcase, didn’t buy one, because of the mentioned reason (;. In the end the day was really exciting for everybody and a good opportunity for everybody to explore the city on their own and do the things we wanted.

Also everybody enjoyed to be longer ashore as usual.

I think it was more challenging, because you’re just on your own but you are for example very proud if you figure out yourself, how the system of the underground train works. That was a great feeling for all of us and we really had a good day.

Natas am Strand

Datum: 24.10.2021
Autorinnen: Paula und Sara
Position: Cascais, Portugal
Nautische Position: 53°24.6‘N ; 010°18.9‘E
Etmal: 0 Meilen (insgesamt 1731NM)

Woran denkt man, wenn man Portugal hört? Strand, Cristiano Ronaldo und Pasteis de Natas. Zwei der Punkte konnten wir heute abhaken, aber dazu gleich mehr. Jetzt erstmal zurück zum Anfang vom Tag. Der Morgen startete mit einem Geburtstagskind. Unsere Deckhand Elisa wurde heute 20 Jahre alt, was mit einem lautstarken Happy Birthday und dem legendären Geburtstagshut gefeiert wurde.

(Kurze Ergänzung aus dem Backoffice: Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Elisa jetzt schon zum dritten Mal dabei ist und wünschen ihr für ihr neues Lebensjahr alles Gute. Und Ocean College begrüsst es sehr, dass sie Medizin studieren möchte, weil sie dann noch besser bei uns eingesetzt werden kann!)

Deckhand Elisa
Elisa bei ihrer Reise als Schülerin in 18/19

Anschließend brachen wir auf, um Pasteis de Natas zu essen. Du fragst Dich, was das ist? Ein Pastel de Nata ist ein typisch portugiesisches Gebäck. Es ist klein, rund und sieht ein bisschen aus wie ein kleiner Käsekuchen. Der Teig ist aber eher ein knuspriger, fast karamellisierter Blätterteig und die Füllung besteht aus Vanillecreme. Einige von uns konnten gar nicht genug bekommen und haben sich noch welche als Proviant mitgenommen.
Nach dem Festmahl stiegen wir in den Zug nach Cascais, um den Rest des Tages am Strand zu verbringen und den Ort zu erkunden. Das Wetter war perfekt für einen Strandtag, eindeutig besser als in Göttingen<3 und Itingen:). Wir haben all unsere Sachen abgeladen und sind erstmal ins Wasser gerannt. Es war kälter als erwartet, aber wir hatten trotzdem alle großen Spaß.

Im Laufe des Tages sind wir immer wieder in Kleingruppen in den Stadtkern gelaufen und der war wunderschön. Cristiano Ronaldo haben wir dort leider nicht getroffen… :(( Dafür hat aber an diesem Tag ein Triathlon stattgefunden und die Stadt war voll mit glücklichen Iron Man Finishern.
Einige haben sich Stand-Up-Paddles ausgeliehen und erkundeten die Felsformationen in der Nähe des Strandes. Teilweise waren da kleine Buchten mit einem Sandstrand am Ende, was echt schön aussah. Auch Volleyball wurde gespielt und so die Zeit am Strand voll und ganz genossen.
Auf der Zugrückfahrt konnte man durch das Zugfenster einen romantischen Sonnenuntergang angucken. Das war der perfekte Abschluss für diesen tollen Tag.

Jetzt noch ein paar Grüße:
Sara: Liebi Grüessli an alli wo ich kenn, un a mine Muttli:)
Paula: Liebe Grüße an Jakob und Emily und liebe Hanni, es war sooooo toll mit Dir, ich hab dich lieb<3 Liebe Mami, beim nächsten Telefonat muss ich dir leider was beichten…
Mickey (Unser Lehrer Michi): Mama, wenn du meine neue Frisur sehen würdest, du wärst soooooo stolz auf mich<3
Maxim: Liebe Mama, Kreditkarte überzogen 🙁 Bitte aufladen.
Maxim und Paula: Liebe Grüße an alle aus Göttingen und die ASC-Family und an alle Mütter.
Elisa: Liebe Mamma es war mir soooo unangenehm als alle für mich gesungern haben und ich diesen bescheuerten Hut anhatte 🙁
Bennett: Liebe Mama, Ersatzmütze auch verloren. …friere sehr! :/
Clara N.: Liebe Family, und besonders Mama :), jetzt gehen auch mal Grüße an euch raus. Ich denke an euch und sammel‘ viel Sonnenlicht für euch. Fingerherz

Lisbon, here we come!

Date: 23. October 2021
Authors: Maxim, Knut
Position: portuguese coast, Lisbon
Geographical Position: 38°42.085‘N, 009°09.620‘ W
Etmal: 52NM (In total: 1731 NM)

We drove into the river Tejo by Lisbon at sunrise.

The view onto the city in the morning light was truly beautiful. On our way we already saw the beautiful beaches and a lot of sights that Lisbon is known for, for example the Torre de Belém, a UNESCO cultural heritage monastery, and a monument for Henry the navigator.

It looked very pretty and almost made the lookouts forget to watch out for all the small ships who steered right towards us because they wanted to look at us.

Even the pilot who had boarded our ship for navigation said that they were crazy to come so close in a busy channel like this. But thanks to Viktor and his focussed helming and Ben‘s navigation orders we got into the port safely.

When we arrived at our harbourplace after passing the big bridge, which was designed by the same architect as the Golden Gate Bridge, we saw that our neighbour at the jetty was the ca. 60 meter (and with that a tiny bit bigger than the Pelican) clipper ship „Stad Amsterdam“.

Ship in Lisbon

This ship also has three masts, but they are way higher than ours and there are many more sails. It looks very beautiful, but does make us feel a bit small (:

Before we could go ashore, Simon forced us to do the Happy Hour, also called clean ship. After the ship was tidy, we should have been allowed to go ashore, but first we had to solve the „gangway problem“. The problem was that our gangway seemed to be too short. We tried another gangway from the harbour, but it just didn‘t fit.

In the end, we managed to use our own gangway after we attached it to some lines. The trick is that it would lift up if the ship moves too far away from the pier instead of falling down – improvised, but it works!

Then we finally got our shoreleave.

Kristina took all of us as a big group to an old factory area which is nowadays a quarter called LXFactory with many possibilities to eat, drink and shop something nice and portuguese.

A lot of us went from one food place to another because there were so many options. In the other shops we could get small souvenirs, books, postcards and other little things to remember our trip.

After that, we could move freely around the city until 5 pm, but most of us stayed in the area because the old town was to far away and it was quite nice there. We enjoyed our first day in the portoguese capital with really nice and shiny weather with about 25 degrees.

To get back onto the vessel, we had to pass a safety check like on an airport. I almost lost my swiss army knive for another time to one of those checks (Knut).

Then we had a nice evening with a sunset over the bridge.

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