Monday, February 8, 2010
Crossing the Equator
Today was crossing the Equator day, and we were goofing off and didn’t get a picture of the line again, but we will to be more vigilant on the way back. Seafaring tradition maintains that all that cross the equator during a nautical voyage must undergo rites of passage and elaborate rituals initiating them into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep. Those who have never “crossed the line” are derisively referred to as “pollywogs”. After the ceremonies people are known as “Trusty Shellbacks” and as we have been through the ceremony before, that is what we are called and did not have to go through the initiation. We watched with amazement as the current “pollywogs” were initiated and of course took pictures of the whole thing. It is always fun with a lot of people getting extremely dirty and wet.
Tomorrow we are in Santarem and have a excursion booked that hopefully will let me catch my first Piranha. Details tomorrow.