2.14pm - Land, Ho
Trip Start Nov 03, 2009
20Trip End Dec 02, 2009
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Yes. Jamie's name will definitely crop up again. He is very sarcastic, yet also a perfect gentleman. Well, not quite a perfect gentleman. But a bit of flirting is certainly okay in my book. But you don’t care about the boy I like, you care only about the place I’m visiting! And what a beautiful place it is. Yesterday was spent at sea, or in my case, drinking sea breezes with Andrea and Daphne, having a chat with as many other people I could find to annoy, but mostly hanging off the port side of the bridge gazing at the spray. For those of you who aren’t aware, I did my Helmsman course this summer, so I now have a licence from the RYA to drive a powerboat. But as much as I love sailing Indigo (DA’s little runaround), and I do love it, being on a ship this size is just something else. I truly adore it. I could spend the rest of my life watching the waves breaking against the bow, I think.
So made a few new friends – Fraser and Jackie are an equally beautiful, equally charming, equally lovely couple from Melbourne whom I sat with at lunch yesterday. Also from Melbourne
Didn’t get much sleep last night after drinking a ridiculous excess of coffee yesterday to warm me up (I kept going outside, watching the water til I couldn’t feel my chin, coming in, warming up, then heading back out again), not to mention Janet’s snoring, but I should definitely sleep tonight, because this morning’s excursion was exhausting – I think in a few days it’ll all seem like second nature, but right now it’s so time consuming to put all your layers on and get your waterproofs and find your life jacket and get your wellies and hat and sunnies and suncream and lipbalm and oh my good giddy god. However, as much as there is to remember, it’s definitely worth it once you get going. For a start, there's Zodiac travel, which to me is like the best thing ever – next time I go back to Lanzarote I definitely want to learn to handle a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). Duncan, my instructor, wouldn’t let any of us have a go when we did the Helmsman course because the RIB is a very different animal, but he took us out for a spin in it and it was brilliant. Out here the swell is a lot bigger, and I must confess, I utterly adore it. I mean, if I were to fall in, I would undoubtedly be very sad, but right now I just think bollocks to the wildlife, just let me play in the Zodiac for the afternoon!!
There was a bit of a tragedy, however: I bought beautiful white fluffy North Face boots to wear around the ship, and since we were heading across the island I thought they’d be a bit comfier to walk in than my wellies. This was a complete error, because it was muddy as fuck around the rookery, and they are now completely ruined. I’m hoping I can give them a scrub this afternoon though and they’ll cheer up a bit.
Next up is Carcass Island, named for the HMS Carcass, which, er, went there once. (You get the feeling there’s not a lot of action on old Carcass Island, don’t you?) There we’ll see Magellanic and gentoo penguins, which I am equally excited for – they burrow into the grass, like the yellow eyed penguins from Dunedin. Heading for only 48hrs on this ship and it’s already stacked up to be the best trip I’ve ever had.