We are still travelling mostly Westwards in an attempt to go South between two low pressure zones, but today the sea swell has risen to about 3 meters. After doing an hour or so of practice this morning I started to feel a bit ‘off’, so decided to take another sea-sickness tablet. This meant I have had a huge afternoon nap, but feel fine. I’ll just have to take the practice in small doses! The food on board is absolutely marvellous, so it’s definitely worth keeping well. Lots of fresh fruit, and a huge array of different dishes, with snacks and drinks available at all times.
The constant engine noise of the boat is all-pervading. There are creaks and groans as we sway and lurch (today the movement has been in any direction!), engine noise, air circulation noise, the sea foam and spray outside the porthole, and wind. The Antarctic silence will be a big contrast.Yesterday at the after dinner meeting I asked if we could have a map posted on the notice board with our position as we go along, and I was immediately ‘volunteered’ for the job! So I have been shown how to interpret the ship’s position each day and mark it on a map in the mess (dining area).