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Happy (disappointment)

Date: 16.11.2018

Author: Ronja

Position: Santa Cruz

Geographical Position: 28º27,8 N 16º14.6 W

Etmal: 0 NM (total: 1964 NM)

Ahoy! I was looking forward for this daily report a lot, as I was excited to tell you about our departure from Tenerife. But well – that didn´t happen. Due to technical problems with the communication system we`re still in harbour. Being disappointed at first, it turned out to be quite a good day anyway.

After breakfast and tidying the whole ship I went to China Town with our happy second officer Anousch and Nele to buy a fascinating collection of gloves, funnels, Christmas lights, anti-fly spray, sanding paper, zip-lock bags, anti-slide stickers and plastic boxes. The adventurous part of this trip was not finding everything in the huge store (seriously I think I might have walked kilooooometers in that store!) but paying.

Paying 150€ with coins. 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent coins.

I really have no idea how the poor cashier was able to grin and bear our long-drawn-out counting; but she did!

Not departing after lunch also gave us time for Kiris presentation about the history of radio and television as well as the differences between them, and for watching the first videos produced by the media pathway. And seriously, they were astonishingly professional and caused several laughters!

My highlight of the day was our neighbourly visit on the Santa Maria, or, properly speaking, on the reconstruction of Columbus` flagship. Having been on the caravel reconstructions of the Santa Maria, Pinta and Niña in Huelva some years ago I was quite excited about the chance to visit the ship.

And how happy I was to return to our wonderful Pelican with its luxury of showering every three days (instead of salt water buckets only) and a maximum of 6 people in one cabin (instead of 15!). Unbelievable that on these 28 meters of ship 45 men had to eat, sleep and live for the months of crossing the Atlantic Ocean! Not to mention the lack of privacy, hygiene and sanitary conditions in 1492!!

In the late afternoon I even found time for the long-missed pleasure of reading and singing along with Elisa and Helena playing the guitar.

Now I`m enjoying a good cup of tea and some awesome turron chocolate (generously sponsored by Theresa) before heading to bed – harbour watch from 6 a`clock… I never thought I would say so, but I`d actually prefer to be awoken at 3.30 in the morning for my watch, because that would mean we are on sea again… Anyway, good night everyone!

P.S.: Thanks mom for your good advice of taking my thermo tea mug to the Teide. Having a tea before starting the hike at 5 am made it a lot more bearable! 

P.P.S.: HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY to Eva from Marlen!

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