Almost happy New Year everybody!
Today is the last day of 2011, definitely worth a celebration.
First, I had an entire day of school. As you can guess, the concentration level wasn’t very high. Nonetheless, I did do a lot more than I would expect I would do. I even did a test! Probably the first and last time I will do a test on the last day of the year.
The test I did was math. I think I did quite okay. Except after the test I didn’t feel so well because of the waves. It was really weird because when I am just working for school I don’t feel anything but when I did the test I felt kind of seasick at the end. So instead of going to learn again, I decided to help make the apple cake. After about half an hour of apple cake making, I went back to school.
The waves were unrealistically high today! Almost as bad as the Gulf of Biscay! Waves came right over the edge of the boat and the boat constantly hung at an angle.
At 7 o’clock our time, Poland and Holland were celebrating New Year. Such a weird feeling! I was thinking of what my family was doing, celebrating New Year in Amsterdam with friends. The seconds before 0.00 they were probably counting the seconds till the first of January. This is my first New Year celebrating without my family.
Till 0.00 I just chilled, didn’t do very much. Some watched a film, but I decided I wasn’t in the mood for it. We were supposed to have ‘bonte avond’ which is basically an evening where some people prepare an act and most of the time it’s really funny. However, since the waves are so high we can’t have it on deck thus the ‘party commission’ decided it was best if we waited with this evening. Half an hour before the first of January everybody collected themselves upstairs. But before I went up on the top deck I ate an ‘olliebol’; literally translated an “oil-ball”. It is the Dutch version of a German ‘krapfen’, but with raisins. I am really happy we didn’t have to skip this tradition, but were able to make our own.
15 minutes left, the tension was rising; the spotlights were turned on so we could actually see each other. Almost everybody was on deck and the last people were being woken up. All we see is the deep blue ocean and a blue, almost black sky with shining stars. There wasn’t even one ship around.
30 seconds left! The last thirty seconds went by really quickly, everybody started counting down.
Then came the famous last ten seconds of 2011, everybody counted ‘ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE!’
We hugged each other, gave kisses, and shook hands. Wishing a little more than 40 people a happy New Year definitely does take a while. But the atmosphere was amazing. Everybody was cheerful. We chilled on the deck for a bit. But at two I decided it was perhaps time to sleep since I had ‘wacht’ at 8 am that morning. Yes, that meant not very much sleep but it didn’t matter since I was in a good mood.
More very fun things I did on the first day of the year? Well I can tell you I really enjoyed cutting and washing the plastic trash. Scraping mustard out of a mustard bottle and washing butter out of plastic foil, definitely the thing I want to remember. Luckily after an hour of cutting trash I was done.
However, the cleaning wasn’t done for the day. It was Sunday, that meant the big clean up. Together with one of the girls here I had to vacuum the floor downstairs and all the rooms. Luckily for us, the vacuum cleaner was broken so we had to do it the old fashioned way. Yes, the broom. Sweeping/vacuuming is definitely not the worst job you can get during the big clean up. It’s definitely better than cleaning anything in the kitchen.
Well, the rest of the day was quite chill. At 8 o’clock I was supposed to have ‘wacht’, but we arrived in San Blas right before my ‘wacht’. In the dark I can see there are a couple of islands, with houses on them above which are big palm trees; unquestionably the image that comes to my mind when I think of bounty islands.
Wait, I almost completely forgot! After we arrived I heard a splash in the water. This meant “New Years dive” but to be honest, I didn’t feel very much like swimming in the salty sea. But it seemed like I didn’t have much of an option. Together with some girls we hid in a room, but of course we couldn’t push a door which 5 guys were pulling on the other side. After about ten minutes I was dragged out the room, carried by my hands and feet. We passed the showers and then one of the guys came with the brilliant to put me in the shower. So after my nice warm shower, I got thrown into the sea including clothes. Once I was in the sea, it was okay, but I didn’t appreciate it very much. After a shower, I went to bed. I was really tired, probably from my 5 hours of sleep the night before.
I hope every one of you has an amazing year.
2012, here we go!