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Location: Brazil

Welcome back to Vela’s trip log everyone, you’re back with your host Laszlo today coming from Fernando de Noronha. Grab some tea, coffee, or a snack cause I’ve got some news for yall today. Last night was a bit of a doozy for the crew when flying ants descended on the ship’s lights and found their forever home on our forward deck. We also lost our port side Anchor which led to an angle grinder on deck and a bunch of dives for the staff’s logbooks. Between that and the copious amounts of rain, the crew have seen some gorgeous beaches, colorful wildlife and met some amazing locals here on Noronha. Students seemed especially interested in clothes shopping, cruising the waves and trying their hardest to find WIFI. There were a couple excursions planned as well, including two dives for our certified divers and a historical tour of the Island. Most importantly is the state of Vela’s wonderful crew. Noronha has been a great morale boost, especially for the students but also noticeably in the staff. I think it will prove especially helpful as we’re going into what I’m considering our longest passage yet, considering we only spend twenty four hours at Devil’s Island with few modern amenities and no new people. There’s been some homesickness going around too with the novelty of being away from home starting to fade. Hopefully everyone got a chance to talk to their loved ones at some point in the last four days but if not, everyone here sends their love. We’re about to dip back into the same old routine tomorrow though with passage prep and then a departure hopefully around noon. Sadly we plan to motor for now, but there’s some great winds forecasted that’ll give us a chance to raise the sails and practice our skills. I’ll leave this here for now, hopefully the last few students gave some more details on specific events and if not it gives y’all some questions for them in two weeks. Remember to take care of yourselves and thanks for tuning in.

Personal note:
Hey Mom, Dad, Erzsi, Granny, Pupah and Omi. I talked to most of y’all not that long ago but it was really refreshing and alleviated a lot of the homesickness I was feeling after a month of minimal contact. I really appreciate all your advice and love as well. Anyways, I just wanted to say that I love you guys and can’t wait to see everyone again. Love you all; WILY.

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