The day stated at 03:30 when the happy news came that the big upset stomach epidemic had arrived to the boat, and the watch before had only been 6 of 14 still standing.
The rest has had been hit by the virus, even the steer mate, and now 8 hours later many more has fallen. This has led to the rest of the crew to be somewhat afraid since nobody wanted to catch the virus. Some hours later and 3 more had fallen. The ones that were still standing had then built a fort they called “the safe space”: they had a flag and had basically built a tent out of towels to make a shadow, like we all did when we were younger. So that was kind of funny, but what wasn’t as funny was that people that still felt well were treating the sick people like they were none-existing, and after the sick person left the room they sanitised all the places the sick person had touched, all because of fear of the virus. It has created a little bit of rigidity among the students on board Gunilla, and I think they all might have breathed in a little bit too much of the cleaning alcohol that they have used so much in the last 24 hours.
Unfortunately for me, I have caught the virus, and therefore I’ve been spending a lot of time down in the boat, and not on deck. This made me think of one thing about Gunilla. Because when you are inside Gunilla it feels like everything sleeps, at the same time as it feels like everything is always awake. It’s as if there is no time, once you go inside the boat: since there are no windows you have no idea which time of the day it is, and there is pretty much always someone sleeping, while others are awake. It’s a very strange feeling.
So that was that day of today. Some funny moments when people were afraid of getting sick, and some not as funny moments when the sick students were feeling that the one thing they wanted the most was a comforting hug from their parents, which they of course couldn’t have. So to all the parents and friends at home, now is the perfect time to send that text or email, saying that you love them and that you are proud of them even when times are difficult. This is all I have to say this Wednesday: don’t be sick and have a great day
Sarah Sedeborn, Portside