August 10, 2007
This morning our shift finished the seismic line B and started line C at 75°15.03'N and 14°46.15'E at 4.9 knots (we have to travel less than 6 knots for the seismic acquisition). The depth was shallower as we travelled back up the continental slope towards the shelf and was 560 m. The air temperature remained just above 7° C and we were fortunate to continue with flat seas and little wind.
Before lunch the group from the University of Salamanca hosted an appetizer get together in the upstairs meeting room. They brought several special types of sausages and pork that is native to Salamanca, Spain. Alena, is a native of the area and filled me in about the pork. It is very unique because the pigs are raised by roaming freely on farmers' land through forests that have large oak trees and they eat from these forests. They also raise cattle for the bull fights that they have in Salamanca. Even though I am a vegetarian, I was impressed with the pride about these treats and wanted to try some. So Elana advised me that the "llomo" was the best and comes from the back of the pig. It is sliced very thin and I tried a piece of it! It was actually very tasty! She asked if that would make me a carnivore again for good and I had to tell her no, it was just to try it!
While we were all together with the captain and some of the naval officers, I took the opportunity to present the captain with my gift from home. The Fairhope High School Parent-Teacher Organization donated a couple of Fairhope Pirate Sweatshirts for me to bring when I left. Fortunately, it was a good size for the Captain and he greatly appreciated the gift and said he looks more handsome with it on! Strengthening the ARMADA! :)