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Location: Tarragona, Spain

If there is a disease from inhaling too much bleach, we will all surely get it. Yet, if this means Vela will be spotless, then it is not a high price to pay. To elaborate to those confused, today was a B.A. Day: Boat Appreciation Day. In short, we got down to cleaning every little spot you could imagine of the boat, just to make sure Vela stays as safe, healthy, and happy as possible. After a quick granola breakfast, we all got to our designated tasks, from cleaning in the galley/salon to the bunks and back up on the deck as well. Even the sides of Vela got some loving! Some parts were certainly disturbing (gotta love gum stuck under tables…), but others were simply therapeutic, like polishing all the metal bits on deck. Eternal peace is found in shiny surfaces… All in all, everyone was so productive, and after a lovely Spanish rice lunch (thanks to Arden), the grand venture was finished.

Due to our stunningly efficient work, we had time for what Leoni referred to as “forced family time,” also known as a nice walk through the town of Tarragona. With Dylan in the lead, we explored the beautiful alleyways of this Spanish city and the ever-so-gorgeous blue of the ocean. This is where we came across the ancient remnants of what was once a Roman colosseum. It’s always interesting to think just how far the empire’s stretch reached… even to this corner of Spain. Our bonding time continued with some more scenic strolling where we passed a grand cathedral, many plazas, a bunch of neat stores, and of course, a supermarket. I believe many were most excited for the latter, as some got enough snacks for being deserted on an island. Hopefully, it will not come to that, though. So, with that bounty in hand, we returned to Vela once more with visions of Dominos dancing in our heads.

It may have been quite an arduous wait, but when the pizza arrived, the ecstasy was immeasurable. The dance party that occurred was instantaneous, and eating and dancing became one conjoined action. As if this wasn’t exciting enough, Akiva was kind enough to turn 19 today, so we were able to indulge in a full-fledged sundae bar as well! If there is an appropriate ending to such a productive and energetic day, this was it.

Sending appreciation to a boat near you,
– Skipper of the Day, K

P.S. Happy Buuuuurthday again, Akiva.

Picture 1 – Elle ascending to the heavens
Picture 2 – Birthday boy chillin’
Picture 3 – Garrett^2 on overtime
Picture 4 – The second most famous colosseum
Picture 5 – Bubba (left) and Jack (right), also ascending to the heavens

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