First days on the boat

Hey! So this is the first two days So in Toronto mom and dad dropped me off at the airport. It was a great time to get in my last minute alone time and also free high speed internet use. I flew with Austin and Josh. But unfortunately we didn’t sit beside each other. It was a good flight it was pretty tight and crammed in but I thankfully slept for most of the flight. Which is good because the flight was an over night flight and that was the only sleep I’d be getting for a long time. First day on the ship. It’s exciting in so many ways. After we got off the plane customs was very easy because they knew about CAF(Class Afloat). Then we met waited for a few people at the airport before making out trek to the ship. We carried our 70lbs bags for a long way. And believe me when I say it was definitely  the most strenuous work I have EVER done! Oh and my bag broke half way..and it was raining. Despite that it was still very fun and memorable so no worries there. The boat is BEAUTIFUL! It is the coolest sailboat I have ever seen! There is very and I mean VERY minimal space…. Just look at me in my bunk below. I have top bunk and I’m at a part on the ship where the ceiling slants downwards giving me even less head room. Its basically like sleeping in a coffin. But thankfully a comfy coffin. I over packed and also under packed at the same time. It is very cold in Amsterdam and very windy where our boat is docked. So looks like i’ll be living in sweatpants for the next few days. Last night(aug 31st) I had my first gangway watch. We just make sure no one comes aboard that isn’t supposed to come aboard and do small tasks like make sure the flags are down and the fenders are in order. Also checking the fridge temperatures so the food doesn’t go bad. There is ALWAYS someone on gangway watch… so that means you get woken up in the middle of the night for your watch. Thankfully my watch was from 8-10 so it was perfect I had time to relax and I wasn’t woken up in the middle of the night for my watch. Which will happen in three weeks when we change shifts. There are so many names to remember! So glad we do many name games throughout the day. Today we provisioned the boat. There is a lot of cereal here now! Haha the ship must have sunk a few inches or so. The assembly line is very efficient tho! There have been many rules meetings and talking sessions about expectations but its all expected. We had a ship tour as well. Tonight the plan is to eat dinner on the boat then go out for free time to finally explore the city of Amsterdam. Don’t worry mom the food here has been pretty good so far. Well this has been a long update and I could go on for hours but then less people would read it. So seems like a good place to stop. More pictures and videos of the boat to come once i get better wifi.

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