24/4/12 - 26/4/12
On the 24th of April we had school till about 4 in the afternoon where after we left back home, to the Netherlands. Again, we had a ship-takeover so at 00.00 that night I had to have watch. It was quite an amusing watch. We started playing the "mystery murder" game again and I actually managed to "kill" someone that evening! Anyway at 4.00 on April 25th we went back to bed.
At around 11 the same morning Merwin came to wake us up because we could already see IJmuiden, the place where we were going to harbor! Some people were very happy to see the Netherlands, while others were extremely sad that this trip was truly coming to an end. To me however, I couldn't imagine that it was almost over. It didn't feel like coming home, it felt like we just arrived in another country, the usual thing.
Since everyone was filled with energy we put on our entire sailing-suits and went to the beach. There we didn't do what we normally did, sunbathe and swim (although some did actually swim!). It was about 20 degrees colder in the Netherlands than in for example Panama or Cuba, so instead we had a "stilte oefening" or quiet moment in which we just had to stand and clear our minds or think about whatever we wanted. At the end of this everybody of course, got really emotional. Everybody had thought about how it would be to be back and how we would all miss each other. I couldn't imagine what life back in Poland would be like. My eyes also filled up with tears and this sounds really cheesy, but we actually had a group hug after our moment of silence. Then we all walked back to our second home, the ship.
On the 26th of April we enjoyed yet another exciting day of school. No but it was actually quite useful since I did a logarithms and exponents math test. Luckily, Lambert, the math teacher was back so he could explain my last few questions before I did the test. Not only did I do school, as the usual life on board of the Regina Maris went, I also cleaned. But this time, the cleaning was a bit more intensive, I helped clean out a bit of the STORES, which are basically the cupboards under the couches where the food is stored.