Neptune Day!!

Trip Start Jan 17, 2009
Trip End May 06, 2009

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Monday, February 9, 2009

After a semi-rocky day at sea the day after leaving Casablanca, the water has really calmed since southern Morocco. It is absolutely amazing to say the least and each day gets warmer and warmer. I do not get seasick until I start reading when it is rocky so this calm sea weather has been a-mazing! Yesterday, we docked in Dakar, Senegal for the day to fully refuel and it was bliss. The weather became perfect and I literally spent the entire day on the deck. And yes, I did skip one of my classes, I know, I was a horrible student yesterday. Of course I felt bad about it too because I hate missing class. I just could not pass up time to soak up the vitamin D I have been missing since before we made it to cold Spain. I sat outside from 1030 in the morning until 330 yesterday afternoon, only getting up for lunch. It was glorious. However, that also means that I did not get any homework done, which is obviously not good since I am already behind. Today though... was a holiday on ship and we had no classes! That is because...
Today is Neptune Day! Haha.
The most amazing sunrise was this morning and the weather was just beautiful outside at 7am. We left breakfast and the festivities began! The staff dressed up and started walking through the halls banging drums and blowing whistles while pounding on everyone's' doors to wake everyone up! It was so funny, especially since I was not one of those people still sleeping. Sucked for them. Nice wake up call. Then, an announcement came over the intercom that all "pollywogs" were to go to the top deck to begin Neptune day. It was so fun and so funny! The captain was painted green and dressed as King Neptune! It was quality.
Neptune Day, just in case you are like me and had no idea what it is... it is the preparation for crossing the equator. So, maritime tradition is that when someone crosses the equator for the first time, they have to go through a kind of hazing. So...we had "fish guts" dumped on us, had to kiss a frozen fish, kiss the king's ring, bow to the queen, jump in the icy cold pool and then be knighted with the funniest plastic sword as a "shellback," meaning that we passed the test and were prepared for travel across the equator for the first time in our lives. My friend Holly and I did it and it was the craziest and funniest thing. It was so fun. The tradition is that you also shave your head but we definitely did not do that. Some girls did... I am sure they will be crying tomorrow. Now, everyone is just sitting out on the deck all day because today is a holiday and we have no classes! How bizarre is this? I wish I could be lazy all day but I have so much to catch up on! It is actually really sad how much work I have ahead of myself, haha. BUT, we get a BBQ tonight! These calm and warm days are bliss, they really are.
Right now, we are coasting along past Sierra Leone, in case you were wondering. We will not cross the equator until at least tonight. I cannot wait to see the constellations in the Southern Hemisphere. I am also excited in a nerdy school way to watch the water drain down the sink the opposite direction too. :) I do not want the water to get rough again as it might as we get away from this giant hump on Africa and cut across the Atlantic again for Namibia.
We arrive in Namibia on February 14th so get excited for the Walvis Bay, Namibia updates!!
Pictures will also be posted then!
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