Today we had school till before the lunch. After the lunch we left by foot for B.I.O.S. which is the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. We walked along the road for about half an hour when we arrived at the building of BIOS. Here we got a talk from a man about the different types of corals in Bermuda and their function. We also got a tour around the grounds which included their dock and lab area. Later we were also showed how ocean scientists count the coral in the ocean. It was all quite interesting. After this we walked back to the ship and had free for another two hours till dinner. During this time we all made extensive use of the internet in front of the church.
We are now in Bermuda for exactly 10 days, this was originally not the planning. However, due to the storm we have to repair very many things and have to wait till our electronics which include the AIS (sort of digital map which also shows other ships in the neighborhood), the radar, and some other things in the steering hut are repaired. It is completely unknown when we are leaving again.
Today we had a free day! Usually Sunday is free but the crew and teachers decided we would get today off since on Sunday most things are closed. In the morning we of course first had the big clean up, but since I had my kitchen shift I only needed to prepare the food for the lunch and wash the dishes. Together with Siebrand and Merwin, I made hamburgers. However, Merwin and Siebrand left early since they were going to help at the Spirit of Bermuda. So I was stuck alone, luckily some people jumped in to help me and we got the food finished on time and were then ready to leave the ship on time.
With Haike, Steffie, Jeltje, and Andrea I went to Hamilton. We sat in the bus for half an hour. In Hamilton we first just looked around in the shops for a bit and I got my birthday present from Jeltje, Steffie, and Haike! After this we went to Double Dip to eat ice cream in the sun. It was quite a warm day. Then we went to look around in some more shops and explored Hamilton a bit. The parks in Hamilton are quite beautiful. Our next stop was juice n’ beans where we enjoyed an afternoon snack and drink. Hamilton, not being so big, only held our attention for about three hours. We then stepped into the bus back to St. Georges for dinner.
Els had prepared sort of wraps for us. They were delicious! Then I had to do the dishes but Merwin and Siebrand hadn’t returned so Andrea helped me. I then was going to leave the cleaning of the kitchen to them but decided against it since I didn’t know when they were returning. With Benjamin I then cleaned the entire kitchen.
An eventful day.
18 March – 21 March
School and learning
The 18th – 21th were very uneventful days that consisted of school. I am now almost caught up with school! It definitely feels like a relief.
On the 20th we also had the bidding. I believe I have never told on my blog about this. But basically if you leave your stuff around the ship and don’t clean it up it will be put into a bag. Then on Sundays there is bidding, if it is yours you get it back for 50 cents and if no one recognizes it or doesn’t say of who’s it is there is a bidding on the item. Anyway, this time it took place on Tuesday because we hadn’t had time on the past Sundays.
After the bidding we got a lesson from Joost about why Dominica and Bermuda differed so much in wealth but were either independent or almost independent islands. Also, we discussed why some were rich and why some were poor and if wealth will ever be spread equally over the entire world. We actually came to the conclusion the wealth can be spread more equally, but the world will never be fair or at least, that is what I concluded.
On the 21st, Els had thought of a trust, silence, and value exercises for us. The trust exercise wasn’t very special; it is the one where the person has to catch you when you drop backwards. The silence exercise we have done more often. Basically, first we listen to some music and then without talking we have to stand somewhere and think about whatever we went in silence for the amount of time that Els chooses. Sometimes we get a topic to think about and sometimes we don’t. This time we didn’t but everyone seemed to be thinking about returning home which was funny to hear. Later we did the value exercise. During this we were split into 3 groups of 11. One person stands in the center and everyone has to write down why this person is valuable for the group. Also, we weren’t allowed to write something down that someone else had already written down. It was very interesting to see why people thought you were valuable to the ship.
22 March – 27 March
The last few days in Bermuda
During the last few days in Bermuda some Dutch technicians came on board to repair the navigational equipment.
On the 22nd we celebrated Anna’s birthday. Till four in the afternoon we had school and then we walked over to Tobacco Bay where we swam. Well, some people went snorkeling. But I honestly didn’t dare to go too far into the since it was extremely cold. Unbelievable cold! I swam a bit but didn’t wet my head. Then I went reading on the beach. Anne then brought us three huge buckets of ice-cream and spoons. So we all started attacking the ice-cream. It was quite funny to see everyone fanatically eating ice-cream. After this, Haike and I returned to the ship since it was getting cold.
The 23rd and 24th were major school days and in the evening we got to go internet.
On the 25th we got to sleep in. Well, 9:30 is sleeping in for us. Then till half 1 we got to go into St. Georges and use the internet. I skyped with my parents and found my sim-card! Well I didn’t find it. Benjamin did… I actually kind of made a major fail since the sim was in my phone… But my phone did say it didn’t recognize any sim. Turned out I had put in my sim the wrong way around. Probably not my brightest moment. After this everybody did have a very good laugh at me. Anyway, when the lunch was finished we had a bidding again and the big clean up. That day we were actually ready to leave, but the Dutch government needed to okay our leaving. Seeing as Sunday they didn’t work we were going to have to wait till Monday.
The 26th was yet again a school day. We would have actually left Bermuda today but the wind was very rough and coming from the wrong direction.