Location: Port de Soller, Mallorca, Balleric Islands

Today dawned halfway through breakfast, with the late Mediterranean sunrise streaking clouds of cotton candy pink throughout the harbor of Port de Soller. The harbor looks like something out of a painting in the early mornings, and even though I’m not a morning person by any stretch, I found myself both cheered and awed by the sight of the picturesque town framed by fog and high-rising cliffs. We munched our granola and yogurt to this backdrop, racing through our morning meeting and whipping together sandwiches of cured meat and deli cheese to take with us on our day trip to the other side of the island.

After a quick cleanup, the group split; half of us went on a caving trip to the North-East corner of the island while the rest took the bus to Palma to explore Mallorca’s largest town. Although last night’s rains prevented the tour group from doing much climbing, they got the opportunity to visit some of the many caves that dot the island’s coast. In the meantime, our town group soaked in sunny Palma, making strategic stops for Gelato and popping into little stores and boutiques.

We arrived back on board Argo — and reunited — in time to shower and begin our evening jobs. Tonight’s dinner was a delicious chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki, rice, and garlic bread. It was raining by the time we were back aboard, so we had one of our rare meals down below. During tonight’s squeeze, we shared stories about some of our fears and regrets. Listening to shipmates and fellow staff speak about their experiences during squeeze is always one of my favorite parts of the day, and tonight was no exception. Answering questions that are nearer and dearer to our hearts continue to bring us together as a crew, and there’s no doubt in my mind that this crew has begun the slow and steady process of becoming a family. To think that we stepped aboard as strangers only a short month ago boggles my mind. I can’t wait to see what the next sixty days have in store!