BVI: Session 1 - Vivo Libre
Posted: Sun, Jun 19, 2011
Two Baths With One Spanish City
Today we woke up and had an oatmeal breakfast accompanied by a beautiful sunrise. Soon after we set sail for the Baths- a gorgeous place with cool rocks that we climbed and played on. In the beach we even saw a sting ray! After playing for two hours we re-boarded the ship and set sail for the Spanishtown marina where we were able to go on land. Eating a nice meal in a restaurant was followed by shopping in the local shops and grocery store (we stocked up on snacks). We spent two hours there as well before sailing to Vixen Point. During the trip we all took showers which made us all feel squeaky clean. For dinner we had veggie burgers and a delicious nutritious salad. Tonight we are rafted near our fellow AQ boats and will get in some bonding time! Can’t wait for the adventures that await us tomorrow.
Posted: Sat, Jun 18, 2011
It’s Only Day 4 and…
We all woke up from a late night chat and we tiredly lumbered to organize for the first dive. Everyone was excited to have this golden opportunity to connect with the marine life below our feet. It was our first experience of truly taking in the area surrounding our boat with none of the restrictions of just snorkeling. Even though this wasn’t the first time scuba diving for each of us, we all connected as a family. After scuba diving we had a few hours to chill on the beach and try windsurfing. A few of us got the hang of windsurfing while others tried and failed. This second new experience, for most of us, further connected us as a family unit. Reading that it is only day 4 and I am talking about how close we are shows the kind of kids and staff we have on this fantastic and mind opening trip. It is now the end of day 4 and I continue to feel a close connection to everyone on this boat. Every kid is polite, hilarious, and at the right times, have a mature and profound understanding of themselves, others, and the topics we are learning. I am so blown away to have an experience like this and meet kids and staff that seem to be flawless.
Posted: Fri, Jun 17, 2011
A Day Onboard the Vivo
Today we all woke up at 6:30 with the sun already rising in the Bight of Norman Island. The morning was started off with some scrambled eggs and sugar coated muffins. As the sun continued to rise, and we slowly woke up, we began to set sail. We were told that we had one of the longest sails of the trip and I have no doubt that it is true. We sailed through open water for at least three hours. We have no complaints though- if someone wasn’t studying up for scuba, they were probably working on their tan. Don’t worry, we wore sunscreen. We stopped at Cooper Island for a quick lunch of chicken salad and Pringles. One of the highlights of the day was when in the sweltering heat a little boat pulled and and sold us all some delicious ice cream. With our stomachs happy we took off for Savanna Bay, our home for the next two nights. We sailed for a good hour and a half, learning ourselves in the art of scuba and sailing, but at times just plain relaxing. When we came to the beach we all practiced putting on and using the scuba equipment. We’re looking forward to our first dive tomorrow. After that came shower time, which sounds far from what it is. Most of the time was spent diving off the boat. After our delicious dinner of Penne Alfredo and garlic bread, we are cleaning up and looking forward to our two hours of scuba training. Good night.
Posted: Thu, Jun 16, 2011
Feels Like It’s Been Forever
Today was a busy day at work! We woke up early at 6am. We hung out at the dock for a little, then had a talk with Mike. Mike told us all about the rules and we met all of the staff. We took off sailing at 11am. We learned parts of the boat and sailed for about three hours. The sights were gorgeous and it all just felt surreal. We stopped at the Caves and snorkeled. The water was so clear and we could see everything. We got to see an eel and a bunch of different kinds of colorful fish. After that we anchored at the Bight. We made sloppy joes, mashed potatoes, and corn for dinner. Mike joined us for dinner tonight and we had great conversations. After dinner we played the card game with Mike. The card game let us learn a lot about each other. I feel as though we’re already close and it’s only the second night. I have already made really great friendships. We’re all a family and get along great. This feels like home and I don’t want this to end. I know we’re going to stay in touch and be friends forever!
Posted: Wed, Jun 15, 2011
9 O’Clock Milkshakes
Location: West End, Tortola
When our cab first pulled up to the dock area I was immediately mesmerized by the clearness of the water and the amount of smiling AQ shipmates walking back towards their respective boats from: checking in, taking their swim tests, and just exploring. Just the mountain scenery around the dock and shops are absolutely beautiful. Despite our full boat of 15 crew members, only three of the flights came in late, so we started dinner and going over all the rules before everyone was already here. We ate a scrumptious dinner of tortellini, salad, and garlic bread and then went out for chocolate milkshakes with black pepper sprinkled on top. I daringly tasted mine first and realized not only had I see some of the most beautiful places, I had tasted the best milkshake ever! The first day also consisted of handing over our prized cell phones and passing our swim tests. During the swim test we swam and talked and bonded a lot, and when Andrew, Emily, and Tessa arrived later we all bonded immediately. In my opinion, we have the best staff members, crewmates, and will have an extremely memorable time. Thanks for sending me here mom! I feel like I have inherited 12 brothers and sisters and three older siblings. The entire night was amazing and we can’t wait to go to the other islands!