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Location: Young Island, St. Vincent

The days are slowly turning cooler, and I think no one here is complaining. The first month onboard the Ocean Star in the Caribbean has been H.O.T… seriously like we were constantly wet from either sweat, swimming, or rain. Now getting closer to winter, we get a lovely breath of wind at dusk, and the sun doesn’t seem as harsh as it used to feel during the afternoon. The cool Caribbean breeze was especially nice at 5:30 this morning, where I got to relax by myself on the bowsprit and enjoy one of the few moments alone that you get on this boat. I usually am one of the last few people to get up, ironically, but these past few days, I’ve been up around 5 am, which is insane if you know my morning routine back home… I think I’ll make a habit of it, honestly. Living in such a beautiful location, you have to take advantage of the early morning sunrises and the sound of the peaceful tides crashing on the rocks as color begins to fill the sky.

By 6:30 am, half of the crew had already crawled out of their beds, ready to vulture over the hot water for coffee and tea. 7:00 rolled around, and I woke up the stragglers for breakfast. After cleanup, we hustled over to the island to get our exit Covid tests (surprise! it took forever.) We spent the time waiting, either studying, reading, or just socializing. I got connected to some wifi at a nearby dive shop and was super thankful because I had to check in on my college stuff:) On our way back to the Dinghy, we had a spare minute to get some COLD, bitter lemons, and fruit cocktails (the super tasty local soft drinks they sell here)! We then had lunch and prepared ourselves for our fish ID quizzes (all of us did pretty well, I think!), followed by class. The rest of the evening consisted of people doing their make-up dives (we have two new certified divers today! yay!!!), writing essays, snorkeling, and more dives for our research project. That about took up the rest of our evening until dinner, which we scarfed down super quickly (thank you, Scuba Sam, Asta, and Lucia for a delicious pasta dinner! We love you!) Another successful, happy day in the life of a beautiful Caribbean Island!

Photo 1: On da bowsprit
Photo 2: Quinnion’s nice melon face
Photo 3: Sophie’s nice melon face
Photo 4: being Studious (Teddy, Lucy, Stefie, and me!)
Photo 5: being Studious (Lucia and Mckenzie!)
Photo 6: Logan’s Laundry bag scarf (latest fashion)
Photo 7: Me unda wata
Photo 8: Eamon unda water
Photo 9:^
Photo 10: me
Photo 11: Will unda water
Photo 12: Fishie looking at me:)

P.s. Miss you all back home! Nic, hope you’re making good use of deodorant 🙂 stinky <3

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