Surprise in the morning
Position: Kurz vor Den Haag
Nautische Position: N5025.665 E051.795
Schiff: Regina Maris
This morning I was woken up for my galley duty one hour earlier, because we were supposed to put the the clock forward one last time. While I was getting dressed, the watch came again to tell me I could sleep half an hour longer. I was very happy to go back to my warm bed, since it’s freezing cold outside. For the second wake up, I was very unmotivated to get up so Thomas told me there is a surprise outside. When I stepped outside the water was flat and shiny like a mirror, we didn’t even had this less movement in the carribean sea. All of us had very much respect towards the English Channel, since we were in a storm the last time we were sailing here, so it really was a nice surprise. The Ocean looked indescribably beautiful and Thomas said he’d never seen such a pretty sunrise before. Of course I was a little bit sad that I’ve missed this one, but then again we can all feel very lucky to have seen hundreds of the most amazing sunrises all over the world in the past months. At breakfast it was a little bit weird that you could just place a flat plate on the table without your bread flying around in the mess room. Also there were only six people at breakfast, probably because no one wanted to leave their cozy bed.
Manoeuvres, cooking and haircuts
Today Pola, Amélie und I had our last galley duty together. Meal planning was a little bit complicated, since we neither have rice or pasta, nor potatoes on board anymore. Of course galley duty has its ups and downs, but cooking as stressful as it sometimes is, is most of the time very enjoyable. While we were cooking Lasagna and dancing we realised that this is our last full day at sea and we got very sentimental. We even had a few tears running…
In the afternoon Jacob opened his famous Barbershop again on the Poopdeck. Two of our officers got a new haircut, ready for our arrival in Amsterdam. Also we have to do many manoeuvres at the moment, since we are surrounded by so many ships, which feels kind of weird after a long time being alone at sea. After dinner, we could see the beautiful Sky with the sun descending through the Bulleyes, so we decided to watch the sunset first, before going back to work. Almost everyone was on deck and the atmosphere was great.
Turbo Galley Clean
Back to the galley we had lots of pots, trays, plates etc. to clean, which took us a lot of time. Jakob, our Officer, came in the galley to clean a few plates that were still outside. A few moments later Mathew, our other Officer, asked, if we were too slow and Jakob said yes. Suddenly the big dishwashing contest started… We were all standing there impressed and in diesbelief, watching both of them cleaning in the sink at the same time, in turbo speed like crazy. 20 minutes later the Galley was shining like it never has before. We were all inspired by their working morals, how fast they did the dishes and of course we were smiling big times, because we would probably still be there by now:)
Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened
As I’ve already mentioned we are all a little bit emotional at the moment. I myself was also often sad that our journey is coming to an end. We are counting the days and unfortunately we can’t stop the clock or even better retard the time back to when we were on the other side of the world. As you might know we have anonymous quotes, which everyone can hang up, all over the ship. A few days ago I was walking through the hallway and there was an inspirational quote which really made me stop, because I had to think about it for a minute. It said: “Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened“. It might sound very simple, but I’m still thinking about it, because it has very much truth and wisdom in it for everyone of us. Every single one of us can feel so thankful that we got the chance to experience this adventure. What no one can take from us are the memories and the happy moments that we will keep forever.