After a very gentle first night on board, rocked to sleep by the swell we awoke to bacon and eggs for breakfast, porridge if you’d rather, and then up on deck to get some fresh air. However… as we got out into the North Sea the swell built as the sea shallowed – it seems that the North Sea is only 30-50 metres deep which means steep seas! Even the kitchen got a surprise when the contents of our well-stocked self-service fridge ended up on the floor, and all the stainless steel trays tumbled off the shelves! Even the first officer said that he hates the North Sea.
Being on a ship with very few crew and passengers gives Chris plenty of time to
interrogate talk to people and find out their wonderful stories – what he does best! We have found common links with everyone, serendipity at it’s best, including people from the Philippines, Finland, Scotland and Berwick-upon-Tweed. After an enjoyable visit to the bridge, where Chris met the Captain to find out about life on the ship – and of course to talk about the World Cup Challenge – tomorrow we have an early start to film the passage of ‘Babushka’ under the Oresond bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark. The Captain has decided to take this route because we have made such good time across the North Sea – what a treat!
Photos to follow when we are able to upload them – there’s no wifi on board but we can use PCs that are located in the store room. This is also where all the sweets and treats are on sale…