The first day of our trip
05/02/2007 - 05/02/2007 2 °C
I really dont like getting up early. Really disrupts everything. But hey, I am gonna spend the ext few days having my sleep patterns turned up side down.
Really scary at the airport. Especially with this self check in thing. Oh, and get this, I had a smaller bag than Natalie. Natz' bag get into the hold ok, but mine, I had to lug all the way to oversize luggage. Grrrrrrr
After the plane took off, it was a really quick joyrney to Belfast. I had a window seat and managed to take some pics of the sunrise.
We arrived at 0800, early we thought so that we would have time to get baggage, go through passport control and find our way to the ship.... we were one of the few who actually had baggage and Belfast City Airport doesnt actually have a passport contol.... A short bus ride away and a bit of a walk (consitiing of crossing lots and lots of roads) we arrived at the PW at about 0845. By 0900 we were unpacked.
I cannot tell you how good it felt to be back. There was a kind of elation and sense of belonging. I showed natz around the ship meeting some crew memebers I already knew.
Its was all great seeing them again
About half ten we all gathered in the mess for the Welcome Briefing where we get introduced to the crew and procedures. Not many of them had changed since my last time aboard.
After that we seperated out into watches to do various briefings such as Helming, Rope handling and issuing our Oilies and Harnesses. Somewhere around this point we had lunch. I forget when. I am sure that we did the up and over after lunch which was fun, if a bit cold.
Ever since the plane, I hadnt been feeling very good. Bad headache and really very tired and lathargic. While the rest of the crew practiced setting the sails in their gear and stowing them, Ellen was kind enough to let me go to bed for a little while. The sleep was really needed.
We all got shore leave that evening, and since we were mored right outside the Odyssey Center, most of us went over there to the pub. The boys shoot pool while some of us girls just sat and talked. I was still feeling under the weather, but Kerri managed to get me some Anadin which was soo good! Natz didnt come out that night since she she had a very early watch and needed to sleep some. So did I.
I love those pipe bunks