The Atlantic Ocean, over 9000 m deep and approximatly 80 000 000 km² wide. Waves higher than 8 meters and our ship, 50 metres long, 29 metres high and 3 metres down to our keel, is currently crossing this amazing nature. But how could I ever realize this is happening?
To be honest, it is actually incredible. Sitting underneath the burning sun on the main deck or somewhere else and looking at the blue ocean around. Only the blueish water, no other ships, no birds flying around and the only noise that can be heard is the whisper of the wind and the waves crushing against each other and the Thor. The moment of the day when the sun sets gives you enough time to think about what has happened during the day and makes one wonder what we may see tomorrow. What shade of blue will the ocean be then?
Some of you will think it might sound very tedious but in reality it is not. There is always something special about every single day. The first flying fish we spotted in the ocean, dolphins jumping and playing with the waves beneath our ship, an amazing sunrise and many more situations like this make it always very hard for me to believe this wonderful journey is actually happening to me.
Compared to school at home, where our lessons get interrupted by pupils who want to talk to the teacher or the principal wanting to make an announcement, it was quite special when our English lesson got interrupted because of a whale swimming and doing tricks directly next to us. Instead of making us sit down and continue the lesson, our English teacher Jule said that these creatures are more than ‘whalecome’ in her lesson. She was the person who decided to have Luki on the poop deck looking for the whale so we could watch it every time it appears and in the meanwhile, we would continue with the lessons. More or less every 20 minutes one could hear Luki shouting out the current location of the whale so that everybody ran over the ship. It was quite exhausting to spot it, as the whale did really liked to dive under the Thor and change sides regularly. Phrases like: „It is over there“ or „It is on starbord/portside“ were heard quite often that day. Every few minutes it was gone and so we went on with our English lesson until someone saw our dear companion. So incredible to stop lessons for seeing a whale, so incredible to sit on the deck knowing that under us are more than 2000 metres of water and so many more animals than we are able to see with our eyes.
That is how time flies by, but one has to admit that it is quite hard to realize how incredibly fast we are crossing the South Atlantic Ocean. We have sailed more than 2000 miles starting from Tenerife and have already spent more than two weeks at the great sea, but to be honest, it feels like it was only yesterday when we weighted the anchor in Santa Cruz and started the next big chapter of our journey, heading into the New World.