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Atlantic – Boring?

Date: 13th of March 2023
Author: Simon
Position: Atlantic Ocean
Nautical Position: 30°59,4’ N 053°31,2’W
Etmal: 10871 NM
Ship: Pelican of London

Water, air, watch, sleep. These are main things on the big crossings. So, it’s nearly impossible to not get bored. To do something against it, most people read, listen to music or watch movies. We have many different tastes on board. Some people like to sleep with Hard Rock and in the Galley you mostly hear classics. These are chosen by Kester. Personally, I like nearly everything and I’m able to go to most people without being triggered. When Hannes was still aboard we had the pleasure of German rap before every class. For the most people this was really funny (note from Sophia: not for me!). All our watch-keepers hate German rap and under Sailor Simon’s command it was usually forbidden. But he was just able to rid the bridge of it most of the time. On the second Atlantic crossing, with everyone’s stock filled with popcorn from Bermuda again, we have someone sitting in the messroom every evening, watching something like: “Dein Song” or “Too Hot to Handle”. “Too hot to Handle” is a show where “hot” people are put into a house and should not touch each other and if they do they lose money which they could win. I tell you, the TV standards here on Pelican sank like the Titanic.

It is just drama, drama and even more drama. Reading this, in his mind teacher Simon is already picking a good historic movie to get us back on the educational track. So, I’m more with the people which watch stuff like Harry Potter, Forrest Gump or other iconic movies. I don’t think I will ever understand how people have fun by watching horror movies but on Bermuda you could hear the screams on the whole ship from Paul, Nicolai and Constantin. As we were in Hamilton I found a book store in which they sold my favourite book series: The Saxon Series, written by Bernard Cornwall. The books have a really good fighting descriptions. I was reading the first book in english for the first time and it was even better than the German translation. Now, I passed the book on to other people whose interest I have risen by telling them about the books. But those are not the only books which are getting passed around. Philip’s sailing book and many e-Readers are also borrowed on a regular basis.


An important part of the daily life on board are the diaries. When you miss something or just need to write moments or feelings down you can use it. I’m doing a video-diary because I think it is better to see the way I have changed and I can already see that my attitudes have changed in many ways. Not just because of a different haircut (I’m now about to do a decision, if I will change it yet another time) but also my attitude changed and I now have a better understanding of moments which happened in the past. Anyways, Teacher Simon surely encourages me in making the decision for braver haircuts, like awesome mohawks.

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