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Location: Bali

Early mornings are pretty much an everyday thing aboard Argo, because who wants to waste away a day on a sailboat? After a delicious meal of eggs, which by the way don’t necessarily have to be refrigerated to stay good, we did a brief cleanup and started class. Today’s class was a little different than usual. Our marine biology class just happened to be on the deck where we divided into two groups. Half of the group dissected squids, while the other half got to clean the filters on Argo until we switched. In the filters, we found barnacles, crabs, algae and some weird water spider that nobody had ever really seen before. During the squid dissection, we used the pen (an internalized shell) and ink in the squid to write our names. The class was exciting by both students, as well as locals walking down the dock yearning to learn. They could have been just drooling over our 112-foot Marconi schooner, but who knows. By ten in the morning, we had left the dock and started our day of sailing around Benoa while practicing our drills. Soon after departing, we had all five sails up and were both mentally and physically prepared for our MOB (man overboard), fire and abandon ship drills. Although they were new and unfamiliar to several of us, we did a really awesome job at working together quickly and efficiently as a team. The act of actually docking Argo back on the fuel dock made squid dissections look pathetic and boring to the dock watchers. A much larger boat that may or may not have been a cruise ship had not only been watching from deck, while the rest took to surrounding Argo while filming and taking pictures of us do our everyday duties. Like honestly, we had an audience. With just over an hour of free time before dinner we were able to help out with stuff on deck, tidy up our bunks and finish some homework. A long and hard day calls for a solid meal, and I believe that everyone would agree that broiled chicken, mashed potatoes and cream spinach were the perfect ending to a perfect day. The energy from our food babies aided us in conquering oceanography, where we learned about properties of water and seawater, and also began thinking about our major project that we will be completing over the course of our 90-day voyage. A few competitions regarding surface tension later we completed our day. Tired and salty we are all ready for a much needed nights sleep. Until tomorrow, Argo.