On the night of the 24th I went to bed slightly too late (right…. 3.00), expecting to be able to sleep since I had a free Sunday. But no, the crew and teachers decided since it was Christmas we were going to have ‘wacht’ together. I was extremely tired and since my ‘wacht’ starts at 8 in the morning, I was woken up at 7.30 to be able to have breakfast. That was definitely not the best start of the day. But I comforted myself with the thought that after my ‘wacht’ could go right back to bed, which is what I did. I skipped lunch and at 12.15 I was back in bed.
Then at around 13.30 someone came to wake me up, not with something pleasant, no with the message that we are going to have our big clean up now and I had to get out of bed and pull a card. Yes, pull a card. We pull cards and on the card it says the job you have to do for example: vacuum downstairs. Well, I pulled the card ‘cleaning two of the toilets upstairs’. This sounds terrible, but actually cleaning toilets isn’t that bad. It is kind of gross, especially when you have to take the hairs out of the sink and shower or when you have to clean the bucket where the toilet brush is in, however it is all okay since you wear gloves. But most importantly, the job is done quickly (10 minutes per toilet, with shower 15 minutes) and also it doesn’t require a lot of physical movement. When you have to for example clean the couches, you have to take off all the pillows, vacuum the dust off, and put all the pillows back again. This doesn’t sound that bad, but the pillows are big and only fit in the couches in a certain manner. Thus, if you mix up the pillows it might take an hour before they will fit back together again. Definitely something I learned from experience.
Anyway, after cleaning the toilets I went back to bed at around 14.15. Yet again, I didn’t sleep very long but this time I woke up with a more pleasant message “snack is ready!” Since I skipped lunch, I was quite hungry. My friend and I went upstairs to eat and then decided to start preparing for Christmas. The common room was getting more and more decorated, which definitely created a more Christmas feeling. Till 5 o’clock we mostly just chilled and then we arrived in Aruba. After the arrival everybody started dressing up for Christmas. It was really fun, especially with so many girls. After almost exactly two months this is the first time I properly dressed up, including hair and make-up. At home, that is more like every weekend.
The Christmas dinner was planned at around 8, so at 8 we sat at the table where we had pre-assigned seats, name signs and everything. Then our three course dinner was served by the cook and one of the teachers. It started off with a shrimps, salad and a cocktail sauce, made by the kitchen shift of that day. The next meal was made by crew and teachers, mostly the captain and cook though, this meal was beef, grilled potatoes, and a salad. The beef was really delicious but it was served with a pepper sauce; a really peppery pepper sauce. My mouth was slightly on fire but it was still very yummy. Then we went out on deck to enjoy the fresh are and the view. We were anchored by a bay next to airport of Aruba. It was a beautiful blue bay with a white sand beach, but around every hour a plane flies really low over the beach. Anyway, outside we were served our desert which was waffles with chocolate sauce and melon. Another benefit of being in the tropics: delicious fresh fruit! This was definitely not my regular Christmas. I don’t think I will ever forget this Christmas. After the desert some people went swimming or were thrown into the water. But I really didn’t feel like swimming, so I just chilled with some other people. At around 2 we went to bed, but luckily the next morning I didn’t have to wake-up so extremely early.
Well merry very late Christmas!