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Day 21 - April 14, 2011 - At sea en route to Banjul, The Gambia

By Juan Carlos Restrepo, Geologist

Co-ordinates: N 10º 23’ 28”, W 016º 52’ 25”
Weather: Overcast
Air Temperature: 24ºC
Pressure: 1007 hPa
Wind: 25 knots


Yesterday I had a most interesting day in Sierra Leone. It is a country that touched me, moved me, and gave me a new appreciation -based on the perspective gained- on how lucky I am and how privileged I have been my whole life. After reflecting upon these matters last night, I woke up today to yet another beautiful day at sea. I don’t think I have ever had such consistently good weather and sea conditions for such an extended period of time at sea. Fantastic.

The day started with Richard Sidey presenting his latest project, called “Landscapes at the World’s Ends - A non-verbal film triptych”. This award-winning, visual journey to the polar regions of our planet through a montage of photography and video was produced by our own Richard rather recently, and is now being shown in 5 different countries at various film festivals, having won already a few prizes and mentions. Richard did a superb job with this film and our guests were all excited to see it, as most of them have already been to one, and many to both, Polar Regions.

At 11:30 our guest lecturer David Conrad presented a very interesting lecture entitled “Peoples and Cultures of the Mid-Millennium Empires of West Africa”. This was followed by lunch, and at 2 pm we hosted a Recap & Briefing. After our final recap for the voyage, Robin West explained our plans for tomorrow in Banjul, The Gambia.

Today during teatime came the moment many guests had been waiting for, the final of Trivia Quiz! Dr. Olga Stavrakis hosted this last session and the topic was Cultures and Geography of Africa. Congratulations to the Dakar Dashers, our winners for this cruise.

And then at 5 pm, once again Richard Sidey left us in awe with the job he did documenting the voyage. He put together a 1-hour film, made of video and still photos, and the creativity and quality of the images were absolutely superior. A great souvenir of the Prince Albert II’s first visit to Africa.

The trip is sadly coming to an end and at 7 pm it was the moment nobody was waiting for. It was time for the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and gala dinner. Today most people spent some time packing, as the cruise ends the day after tomorrow in Dakar. It has been an incredible experience and I cannot wait to get back to Africa!

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