After a fun and restful summer break I headed back to the Africa Mercy for my 2nd year. I arrived in Durban, South Africa to join the ship as it finished its preparations for the epic two week sail around the Cape and on to Benin. Armed with a supply of Scopoderm Patches (for sea sickness), I enjoyed every minute of the sail and our weekend stop in Cape Town. We started our voyage in winter and as we traveled North, gradually the weather grew warmer as we approached and then crossed the equator.
|The beginning of our voyage with Durban skyline in the background|
(Floor from Holland, Sveta from Russia, me, and Shea from the US)
After 4 days of rocking and rolling, all of us were so glad for a short weekend stop in Cape Town. I just wanted the world to stop moving around me.
|My cabin-mates this year: Stefanie from Germany and Shea|
|The sunset one night on the sail|
|Arriving in Cape Town with a view of Table Mountain|
|Train ride to Simon's Town about 60 minutes outside of Cape Town|
|African Penguin Colony at Boulder's Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa|
|A penguin just walked by me while I was on the beach|
|At the top!|
We were all super excited to cross the equator. The captain announced our approach on the P.A. system and we all rushed up to Deck 8 to countdown to the big moment.
Below is the ship as we crossed the equator. Can you see the equator line in the picture?
As you can see in the pictures, we are pretty excited! All the while, school was in session this whole time! Next blog post: new classroom, new cabin, and the start of the Academy.