This month began with our voyage to Brunei, where we learnt about a different political system and religion that is integrated in many aspects of Bruneian life. We learned how oil and gas, Brunei’s major resource, has impacted their economy over the past decades. We explored Ulu Temburang rainforest by riverboat, canopy walkway and barefoot hike to a swimming hole, and dared to eat fried larvae!
During our two-week sail to Bali we continued our seamanship training by learning the location of all 200+ lines on the ship, and we succeeded with our goal of having everyone pass their Line Familiarization test upon arrival! We faced King Neptune’s Court at the equator crossing to initiate all us Pollywogs into Shellbacks. We also completed another deep clean day during which the students took initiative and demonstrated a lot of pride in the ship. Our hard work was rewarded with a swim call and an evening of pizza dinner and music on the main deck.
Yoga, Photography, and Norwegian club began and once we arrived in port, Running club had its first session. Both the students and faculty are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and unique skills in these clubs.
Our first day of field studies in Bali, we took a convoy of sixteen convertible jeeps to visit temples and tour the countryside. We ate local food while overlooking beautiful rice terraces and visited a Balinese family compound to discover how the locals live. Our second field studies day was spent experiencing the rich Indonesian culture of one of the oldest villages in Bali, Tenganan Village.
The new crew rotation was welcomed onboard, and we said goodbye to the previous crew who will meet up with us again in Durban. We also welcomed two visitors from our cooperating school, Stanstead College, who will be sailing with us until Christmas Island.
Ms. Berrio unfortunately had to go on medical leave, and A+ is actively working on finding a replacement teacher for her Spanish and Environmental Science classes. The faculty has pulled together to do their best in filling her shoes until the replacement teacher arrives. We wish her a speedy recovery, and look forward to seeing her again!
September has been one crazy exciting rollercoaster aboard the Sørlandet. Students, faculty, and crew alike are all looking forward to embrace the challenge and excitement of October.
“Brunei: Bridges, Boats and Bugs”: Brunei was a busy port with three full days of field studies. Each of the three days was devoted to a single aspect of Bruneian society: local culture, exploration of the rainforest, and understanding how the oil and gas industry has brought Brunei onto the world stage. The link to the post is here.
“Bali- Understanding Beliefs, Philosophies and Traditions”: The first day of field studies started when we stepped off the ship and were greeted with sixteen brightly coloured convertible jeeps. We rode out of the city to the countryside where the roads were lined with greenery, rice terraces, and various farm animals…The link to the post is here.
“Vietnam 2016 Vlog”: Take a glance at what the students did on field studies in Vietnam! The link to the post is here.
We will be arriving in Christmas Island on October 6th. This is the first port we will be at anchor and will be using the tenders to get to shore daily. Our time there will consist of a day of science labs and a day of shore leave.
During Maritime Hours the Students will be learning how to better control the sails and maneuver the ship.
Football/Soccer Club, Astronomy Club and Baking Club will begin within the next couple weeks.