Location: Fernando de Noronha
After eleven days of passage from the most remote island in the world, Saint Helena, to the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, off the coast of Brazil, we woke up today with a weird feeling. It took us a little while to get used to the idea that we went to bed yesterday night at the same place where we opened our eyes this morning. Especially since this anchorage happens to be somewhat more swelly than usual, and at times the rocking Argo makes us feel as if we are still underway.
But we are not! We are in Brazil, in the state of Pernambuco, almost 45 degrees further east and three times zones earlier than where we started this trip. We are also very close to the Equator now!
After a leisurely morning of getting accustomed to being anchored, some classes, and some free time that people used for diverse activities such as doing laundry, organizing their lives on board, or watching dolphins and frigate birds pass, we got ready to explore the island after lunch.
Fernando de Noronha is a beautiful island that offers a large variety of entertainment possibilities. While some crew members were interested in restocking on snacks, others went on a hike to enjoy the views, while some others chose to spend the afternoon at the beach or snorkeling. In the late afternoon, most shipmates found themselves on Argo for showers and dressing up a little, to get ready for this evening.
Shortly before sunset, we all met at the dock again to decide where to go for dinner, and eventually spend the evening together onshore.