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Last day at school…

Date: 30.03.19
Author: Fabian
Position: North Atlantic
Nautical Position: 38°04,1‘ N 031°55,7‘W
Etmal: 11488 nm

What comes to your mind when you remember a typical last day at school before vacations start? Maybe there is a church service, you get your certificate or you tidy up your class room. 

But this last day of school today was so special for me and actually it will be the most special I’ve ever had! Well, I was in afternoon school so school started at 14:00 for me.

At first we had a geography lesson where we finished our games that we have created. With Tati I continued with our one and only ‘Monop-OC’.

It’s based on the normal ‘Monopoly’ but for example instead of money we’re using different experiences from every place we visited. I think our result is really cool and also the games from the other groups are really creative.

I definitely want to play all these games until our arrival in Boulogne for example our own version of memory and activity. It’s really cool to have something like this and that we can say we created these games by ourselves. 

After setting some sails in a short break there was the last lesson for us on the Pelican. But what’s that? Our teachers were dressed up and didn’t behave as usual.

Christin was very strict and always told us when we did something wrong. Niki was really bad-tempered and Johannes came in with a big belly. In the end, acting like a very confused chemistry teacher, Miriam showed us a short video about squids.

But suddenly the video froze and we saw a recording of our teachers sitting in the saloon, looking and behaving like we got to know them. There, they had their teachers ‘meeting and talked about our grades. But it wasn’t like a normal conference.

They used a dice to find out the grades for each student. Unfortunately, Niki realised that the camera was already running. This is why they quickly changed the topic and talked about their favourite moments on this voyage.

Then the video was over. The whole afternoon school gave a big round of applause to all the teachers.

Elisa began to say some words in the name of all students. A few had tears in their eyes and after Niki lost his voice almost everyone started to cry. It was so emotional.

I cannot imagine how this will be in two weeks time when we all have to leave the Pelican in Boulogne. We had a lot of funny moments together during school – moments I’ll never forget.

Thank you Miriam, Christin, Johannes and Niki for being so creative and spontaneous. I think we all will miss the school on board when we’re back home.

Now I talked a lot about the emotional last day at school, but plenty of other things happened as well.

Until 13:00 we almost had no wind. Then, from one second to the other, we had about 30 knots. If you hear that, it sounds good but if I say that the wind came right from the front that’s different.

For a few moments we sailed into the completely wrong direction, away from the Azores. Because of this we are having a strong heeling again and many things are flying around. Now we are sailing a bit more north and not straight to the Azores to avoid the wind. At midnight, we’re going to tack to sail directly to the Azores.

I want to come to an end now because I’m a bit seasick but just before I go to bed I have to tell you another highlight of the day. The pear crumble for dessert was really delicious and the custard was very special because we never had it before.

Dear mum, dad, Nils and Hanna, 
greetings from the North Atlantic. I’m really looking forward to see you in two weeks in Boulogne.

P.S.: von Poldi: Liebe Flora, Alles, Alles Liebe zum Geburtstag. Hab dich lieb und bis bald. LG Leo

P.P.S.: Liebe Moma, Lieber Opa, ich wollte euch mal mitteilen, wie sehr ich mich darüber freue, dass ihr mitkommt, um mich abzuholen! Ich glaube inzwischen weiß es fast das ganze Schiff 🙂 Ich kann es kaum erwarten euch in zwei Wochen am Pier in Boulogne stehen zu sehen. Ich hoffe ihr seid gut auf eine tränenreiche Ankunft vorbereitet. Ganz, ganz liebe Grüße, euer Lenchen 🙂

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