I have been meaning to tell you about some birds that have travelled with us all the way from Dakar. There are four of them, and they come and go but seem to have adopted us as home all the way across the Atlantic.
Apparently, this is quite common and sometimes they go all the way back again with the same ship.
I don’t know what they are, and they never come close enough to get a good view, but I can watch them for ages wheeling around and diving down, disappearing below the surface for a second with the force of the impact as they hit the sea, bobbing back up with a fish in their mouths.
It’s a beautiful day today, and I am writing this up on deck. I’m in the shade, but the humid air would be oppressive if not for a slight breeze. The only sounds are the hum of the engine and the waves slapping on the side of the boat, with the occasional crackle of the radio from the bridge. We are too far out to sea to spot land, and there is just blue water and the odd cloud to be seen in every direction. The smells are the now familiar hot rubbber-oil-sea water mixture. On days like this, I could do this forever.
Yesterday we spent the day docked in Santos, the port that serves Sao Paulo. We decided to forego a trip ashore in favour of hopping on the internet through the erratic mobile signal for long enough to finish all the various exercises missing from Lauren’s schoolwork, so that she could finish her exams and get them sent off.
It was an intense day – she had to learn 2 songs, analyse a symphony, and do an art project as well as some interactive grammar exercises and some comprehension exercises, but she got it all done and I even had enough credit left on the phone to upload all the exams. It’s always a massive relief when they are submitted. We have completed four modules, and have four to go, although I just heard that the next 4 modules that should have been sent ‘mid-January’ will now only be sent mid-February which is a right pain in the whatsit.
But we will make it work.
In the meantime, Lauren gets a day off for completing her exams, and then tomorrow starts on some bits of the British curriculum I have curated, mainly coding which isn’t in the French curriculum but I think she will enjoy.
For now though, I’m enjoying the peace up on deck.