“Are you sailing?” That’s a frequently ask question at the present time. Many people will be departing the Africa Mercy just before we leave for dry dock in the Canaries. There are many celebrations and tearful farewells.
The last patient left yesterday. All departments are getting ready for the sail. The hospital needs to be packed in containers and the rooms scrubbed down. The tents (for rehab. eye clinic, admissions, etc.) need to be taken down. The vehicles will loaded onto deck seven. Many things arebeing packed away and tied down. Anything that could move during sailing needs to be packed or tied down. Fuel is being loaded for the trip. We had our first muster drill last Thursday. It is a very busy time.
I am working in the Starbucks Café and Ship Shop on the Africa Mercy. We make lots of Lattes and other drinks in the Cafe, but that one is the most popular. We also make waffles and crapes twice a week. On Tuesday and Thursday someone makes croissants. If there are two crew members on in the evening, we make popcorn. The prices are inexpensive. Many people come to mid-ship for their
breaks. We will be open during the sail and in the Canaries.
There is always plenty of cleaning and stocking to do before and after hours. The Ship Shop stocks hygiene and household products, candy, cooking supplies (eggs, cake mixes, etc.), office type materials, craft item made locally or by crew members, T-shirts and misc. things the crew might want.
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