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Location: Virgin Gorda, BVI

This morning started out doing dishes in the rain. Typically the “salties” are the ones who would do the first salt-water cleaning of our breakfast dishes, but today we got an extra fresh-water rinse from Mother Nature. Apparently, Mother Nature thought she would weigh in on how she could contribute to our newly-designated duties on the job wheel.

The impending hurricane was down-graded to a tropical storm, but the rain has led to even more fun for us! Something that is so great about this group is that even though we just met each other, everyone still has such a great attitude about the bad weather, and we have used the rain to add to our bonding experience.

Life on Ocean Star has to be somewhat flexible based on the weather and surrounding environment, so because of the tropical storm, we started the morning out with our first day of oceanography lectures right after breakfast. Pangaea, ocean floors, and tectonic plates, oh my! To say that we are excited to start learning about our underwater world is an understatement. It’s amazing when you are surrounded by the ocean how the ocean seems to become so much more relevant… which is the real advantage to what they call “experiential learning.”

After a couple of lectures of oceanography, we were on our way to Spanish Town. Luckily for us Mother Nature decided to turn the tables and gave us the sun for the rest of the day. While some students worked more on their open water certification, the rest of the students stayed on deck and learned more about the lines on the boat from Ian. Before dinner, we got in our usual shower/swim, but the best part of the day was still to come.

For me, the best part of the day and night was the squeeze. The squeeze question of the day was “tell us your most useless talent and demonstrate it, if possible.” The results could not have been funnier, and the laughs were unstoppable. Little did we know that Steph could turn into a human jump rope, Bobbie has an air bubble in her wrist that can be moved, and Amy’s head sounds hollow when she knocks on it. I already feel like I have gotten so close to this group and can’t wait to continue to get to know more. I am beginning to realize that the people on this boat are becoming one of the best parts of the journey.