Class Afloat loved Natal! Everybody had a great time right from day one when the port authorities put up a “Welcome” sign for our beautiful ship. During arrival day we held scheduled classes followed by shore leave. Many students took this opportunity to go to the nearby mall to purchase snacks for the upcoming 22 day passage (Nutella is bursting out of every nook and cranny on the Gulden Leeuw!)
Day 2 started out with a ship-wide project to get the provisions that are needed for the passage to Argentina onto the ship. From apples to whiteboards to marshmallows we now have it all aboard! Provisioning is always a great way for everybody on board to come together and a get job done with pride. After provisions we all had a full day of shore leave. Some people decided to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach, while others made the choice to check out some neat markets and shops. Some even got the chance to see the “Biggest Cashew Tree in the World” (which happened to have wifi!). Later that night most of the students gathered a student organized event (thanks Zachary Cross-Nadeau) consisting of blood, sweat, tears and paint…….that’s right - we went paintballing! After two hours of intense fun we said “Obrigato” to the employees at the paintball field and headed back to the ship, ready for a good night’s sleep.
Everybody could not have been more excited for the next morning because we knew that we would be Dune Buggying through the majestic sand dunes of Natal. Stop after stop we saw breathtaking sights of the Natal wilderness and the beauty that it has to share, including fresh water lakes and views like we had never seen before. At one point we even got the chance to drink exotic fresh fruit juice, made on the spot while lounging on the beach.
After a thrilling adventure in Natal we had to say goodbye to this exciting city and start our voyage for Buenos Aires. The great memories made in Natal will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Obrigato Natal!