Arriving in the beautiful, palm tree peppered, harbour of Ajaccio, a representative from the mayor’s office greeted us. They provided us with welcome information about the city and greatly appreciated candy. After the meet and greet with the representative and an excited muster, we were released upon the city to wander aimlessly, eat more then we should, and contact loved ones back home with stories of the latest sail. Our freedom carried through to the next day where we were free to indulge our fantasies of independence until the 11 o’clock p.m. curfew. For some of us, this day of freedom meant trying to bring a taste of home’s tradition to the ship in the form of carved gourds and egg carton ghosts. We also used this day to provide the friendly and curious locals with a chance to see our home; an “open ship” was conducted between 1 and 3 p.m. with tours being led by students.
On the third day, dressed in our Class Afloat swag, we took a 2-hour bus ride from Ajaccio to a spot high in the mountains where we met the guides that would be taking us on our zip lining adventure. We were fitted for harnesses and then began the arduous climb to the peak of a large rocky hill. After about an hour of scrambling, jumping and holding on for dear life, we reached the top and first of four fast zip lines. “It was a fascinating adventure and an experience I‘ll remember forever” said Andrea Risberg, a full year student.
All in all, it was an enthralling and beautiful port to explore, especially with the close knit family forming here on Class Afloat.