It’s one of those days that just blows my mind yet again. How in the world did I get so lucky? I’m laying in bed on board the Africa Mercy as we get clearance from the port of Capetown, South Africa. Last night my window had ocean, tonight it has lights, other ships and vessels, and men handling the lines. Yes, now it’s appropriate to shut my curtains while changing. The whales didn’t care.  

I watched my husband join the deck hands on the bow as we pulled into the massive port. I’m glad we are safely here. I can’t believe that just a few months ago, I had no idea this was in store for me.

Over the course of the sail, I have kept busy. I’ve learned how to play Settlers of Catan, Monopoly Deal, Ligretto, Bohnanza, and started watching Breaking Bad. I’ve scrubbed tables and coffee pots, mopped floors and gotten sprayed with dirty dish water. I’ve sat and had tea or coffee with people from all over the world. I’ve stood lookout for pirates and thrown birthday celebrations for new friends.

For everyone that kept asking what to do to keep busy:

Worship on the Bow
Charades: Nursing Terminology

Bohnanza: growing your bean fields to cash in and get rich

Info sessions on Madagascar: unscripted and uncensored version
Watching movies in the cabin with Rubio

Cleaning up the mess that 21 degree listing makes in the laundry room…

The lines really blur here between work and play, between time off and time “on”. When you get a whole bunch of folks together that are trying to keep a big ship running smoothly, and you don’t go “home” when you’re done working, it makes you work differently. Your leisure time feels different too. It’s just doing life together. 

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