On our first day, a Sunday morning in September, we met to start our journey. We needed to get up quiet early to catch the our bus. This was very unusual for me because I like to sleep in on Sundays. Mr Fässler told us to be at the meeting point, which was in front of our school, at 10:30 a.m. When I arrived, the bus was already there, next to it were my classmated, their parents and our form teachers Mr Fässler and Mrs Müller. After we had put our luaggage in the trunk of the bus, we said goodbye to our parents and got on the bus. The bus wasn’t very luxurious. It was very cramped and we didn’t have a lot o personal space. There was also a grid from an air-conditioning unit that flapped around. Most of us watched movies on their smartphone or table or listened to music. Some slept.
After a few hours of travel, we took a brake of 40 minutes at a gas station. We all went to the Burger King restaurant, which was next to it, after that we started driving again. We arrived at Enkhuizen, a port in the Netherlands aroud eight o’clock. After everyone had got their luggage out of the trunk, we started walking towards the ship, a 50-meter three master called Radboud. We got on board and after a few minutes of confusion everyone found their room, the girls in the back of the ship and the boys in thefront. I had two roommated, but some others had more. Then we went upstairs and met our captain Mr Prins and the mate Nico. The captain gave us saftey instructions for the boat. After we had listened carefully to the captain we were told to go to bed. My roommates and I couldn’t fall asleep right away, because we were talking about our trip to Enkhuizen.
Urk – Enkhuizen
On our third day we got up early and began our day in Urk. Later we all had breakfast and prepared our lunch, then we started making the Radboud ready to go sailing. Like every other day, we first had to put the covers from the sails. After that, we had to pull up the sail, which is attached to the mast. Two of us steadied the mast while the sail was bing hoisted. This process ahs to be done about four times until we were finally ready to leave the harbout. To get out of our pier and reach the wide Ijsselmeer, the sailing boat used a motor.
When we reached the open sea, there was just a little breeze and we hadn’t much work. But hten the wind got harder and we had to pull on the ropes and change the position of the sails. In the meantime we mostly sat in the lounge, because we were not allowed to go to our rooms. While waiting for another turn (jibe), we foten played card games, most of the time the game called Uno. Apart from that we sat on the deck an ate our lunches, enjoyed the salty sea breeze and got a bit tanned. Some of us eben got a sunburn. Unfortunately, some students didn’t feel that well the whole sailing trip and spent the day in their cabin. When we reached the harbour of Enkhuizen, we had to put the sails down. Because it had been the third time, the crew now knew to hancle the situation well and we quickly got to the port. Wen we were in our landing stage, we had to put the covers on the sail. For that day our work was done and we were allowed to go and explore Enkhuizen.
Our first stop on our cruise was the harbour Medemblik. It was the nicest stop. When we were just before Medemblik almost all wanted to swim because the weather was very nice. That’s why we stopped shortly before the island and jumped into the much too cold water. We arrived a little later, I guess at 14 o’clock. After we had unrigged the boat, we arrived at the harbour and saw the big crowd. On Medemblik it was a kind of church anniversary with booths, horrible music and many drunken people. So we didn´t think, and jumped into the jungle and explored the beautiful little town. There were really nice houses, with much nicer doors. Fascinated, we visited everything. I discovered a carousel and my friends wanted to it immediately, because it was not a normal carousel. The seats consisted of four movable steel cables and a board out of wood, in which you had to sit down and then you were turned around by two employees while you flew through the air.
Mia and Ida rode three times on the day with the carusell, which was 2.50 $ per ride. After that, we were in another shop that called itself a fun house. But that was not really fun and then we took a look at the island and took pictures. We passed two men made of metal and took the chance to climb on the two and made a photo shoot.
Later we noticed that on the island was also a railway and a horse race which we watched a bit. We also noticed that the people there are very open. They immediately recognized us as Germans, even ifeven if we did not say anything; they always said „oh German“ – we were very surprised. There were also many cats we all caressed and many people had horse figures – apparently this horse race was very popular. We returned to the ship about 5pm and helped with the dinner. It was Asian vegetables, that we ate at 7pm. It tasted delicious.
Later in the evening, we went around a bit and Mia had the whole time a catchy tune. The song called „In my feelings“ so then she began singing the song with the word „Kiki“ . About 10 meters away from us were still other young people, who sang „do you love me“ loudly back and then we delivered a singbattle. Since then we called them the Kiki gang. We went a bit to the party people and because it was already night it smelled of alcohol.
At some point, we looked for a bench and talked a bit. But then Ida saw a great striped cat and we all looked at it. Ida touched the paws of the cat, which hissed and we almost had a heart attack, because we were so scared of famous cat. After this blatant incident, we slowly went back to the ship and hung out on deck and suddenly there were fireworks. Great. It took about 10 minutes, and was really nice. Then Florian played a bit on his trumpet and a group of people stopped to see who`s playing. The only one who did not like that was Fabi. He had to clean the kitchen and freaked out because Florian still played on, although he stormed up from the kitchen and complained loudly about the music. We finally went to bed and agreed that, it had been a nice day.