By Christiane Uhlig |
After more than four weeks on TransArc II and getting used to the long and sometimes spontaneous working days, everybody on board has found his or her special leisure time occupation. Some use the time to relax with their favourite book, a Sudoku game or a simple lunchtime nap.
Looking for a chat, people usually find someone in the red saloon, where you can talk about this and that, while knitting socks, cardigans or sophisticated patterns. There might also be some groups interested in playing games: a quick round of “Jungle Fever” to fight the after lunch sleepiness or an extended game night.
For some time now the table tennis table has been set up in the equipment storeroom on the working deck. This locality is particularly suited for a short match while waiting for the CTD sampling to begin, since it is near the working deck. In the evening you can also watch matches between good players of the crew. And if enough players gather, there might be a round of Chinese style table tennis.
For those who like to get up early and enjoy the fresh air, the push-up club meets every morning at 7:30h on the monkey deck, which started with 10 push-ups at the beginning of the cruise and followed up with one more on every day after. Upon arrival in Bremerhaven this will have added up to about 60. A different kind of muscle training and relaxation is followed by the yoga group which meets at 16h in the blue saloon – balancing exercises become quite a challenge when the ship breaks through heavy ice.
The Gym on the F-Deck is also very popular, as are the adjacent pool and sauna. I like to use the bike when there is an exciting match of water ball to watch. Here two teams fight for the most points in a kind of “water basketball”. And when exhausted from water ball, rowing machine, treadmill or bike, one can enjoy a relaxing time in the new birch sauna and recharge batteries for the next working day or the night shift.