Sugar and spice and everything nice (To go with your tea and coffee)

So we finally finished our last buoy and are heading back to Charleston!


Ok, I promise to get a post up about what these buoys are actually for, I’ve just had a backlog of travel photos to post (and there’s still some left!)

In the meantime, while we’re just transiting and I’ve got a tiny bit of what I believe is called “down time,” I thought I’d give a little peek into how I get through an average day at sea.

One of the most common questions I get asked is “What’s your work schedule like on a ship?”

Well, it goes something like: 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, 30 days straight.

Yeah. Weeks don’t have ends here.

Ships don’t sleep. Sometimes I don’t either.

But that’s what caffeine is for!

I’ll explain another time about what I do during those 10 hours a day (simple explanation: 8 hours on watch + who knows how many other hours doing allllll the other things). Right now, I just really want to show off my mildly impressive collection of dried leaves and beans (aka tea and coffee). Because I can.



This little glass jar is a staple from home for me. Any other Seattlite reading this probably even recognizes the MarketSpice logo on it. A black tea with orange peel, cloves, and cinnamon, the distinct flavor alone packs a pretty intense punch.


Chocolate is a common item to be consumed on board. It’s definitely a theme!


And this one… I don’t even know. Some combination of two different teas given to me by two different people. One, a caramel flavored red rooibos tea, and the other a basic gunpowder green tea. Surprisingly complimentary.


These two are my most recent loves. Given to me as gifts from a shipmate while in Punta Arenas, I’m going to be absolutely devastated when I run out (which, at the rate I’m going, will be rather soon).


The first is a Pu Erh, a name that I can’t actually pronounce. But it’s a style which originated from China and involves a fermentation process before drying, resulting in a mildly earthy flavor.


Now, remember that chocolate theme I mentioned earlier? Yeah, this one has cocoa nibs! And actual coconut flakes!


Ok, so I don’t have any photos of my ground coffee, because while it looks like a photo of heaven to me, I suspect that it simply looks like a picture of pebbles to anyone else.

I do have a new camera on its way in the mail! Promise!

I also don’t have any photos of my numerous other packages of tea bags because, well, those just aren’t as pretty.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think that I’ll go help myself to a cuppa.


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