The first day, on May 14th we arrived at the R.V. Polarstern in the harbour of Las Palmas by Taxi in the morning. All the other scientists were watching us arriving, we just caring about our luggage and equipment and more or less ignoring everything – must have been a funny sight for them
During the whole trip the crew worked on the ship, they painted one thing after the other.
I had some problems the first days working, since the horizon was moving, the screen wasn’t, it was kind of hard to concentrate on the data. Or fixing screws outside on the deck wasn’t easy either.
The waves there were around 4-4.5m high and quite regular. My favourite place to stay that days was in bed, sleeping always worked there, and outside was ok too, so the first day was more like 5 minutes of work, five minutes of calmly watching the horizon …
One day we all were invited to watch the propellers through a small window. we had to crawl down a small service tunnel after which there was actually a bigger room were a member of the crew gave instructions and we had some minutes to watch.
Somewhere western of Portugal we had a barbecue evening instead of normal dinner, a great variety of meat, salads and deserts as well as beaverages.