10/06/19 - Ocean Classroom 2019: Day Twenty One

Ocean Classroom 2019: Day Twenty One

Baltimore, MD

​Chloe M​.

So, after our 0500-0600 watch, Birgit and I took off with Ms. Ragland to the farmer’s market where we found lots of fresh food and herbs for upcoming meals. Our Uber driver there had an amazing story of fleeing his home country of Nigeria because he spoke up for people who didn’t have a voice. With our arms full of plants, vegetables, eggs, and the lamb wool rug Ms. Rags got for her cabin, we climbed into our ride back to the boat. The driver exclaimed: “y’all got some new goods for the home?” So we proceeded to explain how we are living on a boat.. he thought we were crazy.

The big adventure for the day was the National Aquarium. We mostly liked touching the jelly fish, and standing at the glass of a head to toe tank so you felt like you were in the water with the fish. I also learned that whales have fingers which I found really weird. And the oil from the hanging whale skeleton still drips even though it is years and years old.

When we got back to the boat, it was field day! Contrary to popular belief, field day is cleaning day! Although we were dragging our feet a little, wanting naps, we ended up actually enjoying our deep clean of the ship, partially because we got to listen to music!!!!! We were treated to FRESH water boat showers after cleaning which was so refreshing and exciting.

For dinner we went out with our watches since when we leave Baltimore, we will be switching watch officers. It was so fun to reflect on our past two weeks together and the jokes and memories we have made. It feels like it’s been so much longer than two weeks with all the adjusting to the sleep schedule we’ve done. I’m excited to get back out to sea for more sunsets, sunrises (especially), and whale sightings!