10 Dec 2006

Finding my sea legs

Yesterday I spent nearly the whole day in bed with seasickness. No vomiting, but very sleepy and not hungry at all. Before I left, my dad, an experienced sailor,
told me I should keep my eyes on the horizon and not be afraid. He was right! It’s day two, and I’m beginning to enjoy hanging out on the bridge of the Aurora, watching the bow rise and fall over the swell. So far, I haven’t been seasick, and I could not be more excited.

I’m still getting used to life on the ocean though. I have to be careful on my chair because if I tuck my legs underneath me like I’m used to doing, I can fall backwards when the boat moves with the swell.

Unfortunately the biggest news to date is my cabin – called ‘the swamp’ by those lucky enough not to be living in it. One of the pipes in our bathroom is cracked and water has leaked underneath the carpet in our bedroom. In case you didn’t know, wet carpet smells pretty bad and it’s even worse when you are not feeling so well. Hopefully it’s being fixed as I write this post.

I just spotted an albatross through a porthole soaring above the waves.

Time for a cup of tea and some fresh air.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why hello Ms Patrick
Somehow I can't believe that the food would be as good as the food we used to get at Bernadette's made with that special touch!
Congratulations on the grant. What a fantastic opportunity! I'm sure you will make the most of it. It would be great to catch up with you in the new year when you are back. I hope everything is going well for you. Take care down there. Love K