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Drake Passage

During this Voyage on the Wonderful 'Europa' I am made to realize the beauty of Mankind's Achievements.

taming of the wind

During this Voyage on the Wonderful 'Europa' I am made to realize the beauty of Mankind's Achievements. Yes, it is not merely a trip to Antarctica, but a true Voyage to the southern parts of the southern hemisphere. The Ship; Man Made Machine of wood, steel, rope and canvas. Facing the elements like Wind, Seawater, Hail and Spilled Peanut Soup. Hovering over the waves and currents, without complaining much. Driven mainly by the taming of the wind, forcing it into our sails to drive us forward. Men and Women holding onto ropes and observing the surroundings.

muscle

The Men and Women; by forces of pure muscle strength, enthusiasm, will power and elegant balancing on ropes and ladders we say 'NO' to the waves and 'YES' to the wind to drive us on our journey. Experienced sailors and inexperienced trainees working together. Learning together. Looking after each other. Men and Women from different backgrounds who a week ago didn't know each other are now becoming each others future Memories. For most, if not all, of us will never forget this Voyage for sure. These Memories, and all the people in it, will last forever.

history

The History; we are travelling on Old Roads, that existed ages before man was born. Old Sea Roads that were discovered at the cost of many Lives of many Heroes. They made this Voyage possible. They are the ones we should be thankful for, next to our current comrades and our ship. My watch is about to start. I put on my contact lenses on the Drake Passage without losing an eye. A Great Achievement indeed. As I said; during this Voyage I am made to realize the beauty of such Achievements of Mankind.

Written by:
Aaike | Trainee

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