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Mandy Williams' Expedition Journal
Day Four

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Well, as it turns out, today was my day to stay on the boat. I wasn't feeling too well last night so I turned down dinner, took something for seasickness and went to bed early. This morning, when I woke up, I can't say that I felt any better. I'm not usually one to be affected by seasickness, but I don't know how else to explain how I felt. As the morning went on, I got myself ready for the day and went up to breakfast, even though I wasn't sure that I was going to eat anything. I actually had a bowl of cereal and seemed to be doing o.k. However, I wasn't one hundred percent. So I spoke to the naturalist, Dr. Lynn Fowler, who told me that some of the other passengers weren't feeling well either. It was sort of a 24-hour bug going around the ship. Then she told me that the water was very choppy today and it might be a good idea if I didn't get out in the raft. So, I decided to take her advice and stay aboard ship.

Once I was feeling a little better, I took the opportunity to take a closer look at the ship. As I toured around, I took some pictures to show everyone back home. (Webmaster's note: due to techincal difficulties, some of these pictures will not be available until after Mandy returns home.) First off, I noticed what a beautiful view the ship had of the nearby islands.

This is my lifeboatI made my way toward the front or bow of the boat. On the way there, I came across one of the life-saving boats. Each of the passengers has been assigned to one of the boats in case of an emergency evacuation. Here is the boat I am assigned to.

Then I came to the bridge. That's where the captain and his next in command run the ship. I got some navigational information from him, such as current temperatures, wind speeds and direction.

The bow of the boat also comes equipped with an antique-looking bell. They ring the bell for different reasons. I have to admit (even though I hate to do so) that I was reminded of the famous scene from the movie Titanic, where they are standing up at the front of boat yelling into the wind. (Webmaster's note: this is where Mandy is standing at the end of today's video journal.)

After a day of touring the boat and trying not to get sick from the constant swaying motion, I decided to sit down and relax on the teak deck at the back of the ship and to wait for Sherri to return from her adventurous afternoon.

The ship also has a small library that I have found quite enjoyable. It's nice to take some time before or after dinner to sit and read up on the Islands. By dinner time, I was feeling better and looking forward to a full day tomorrow at the Darwin Research Station, where we will get to see a bunch of tortoises and learn about the Islands' conservation programs. It's the best place to come in the summer and volunteer your efforts. I am thinking about doing so in the future.

Read Sherri's Day Four Journal

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