Day 9: Survive the Arctic snowstorm!
Today started out completely clear and sunny, but within literally minutes we were stuck in this:
It actually went so bad we were ordered to leave the deck and wait it out in our cabin.
Visibility drops significantly and the deck becomes slippery… so if some clumsy civilian, like one of us, falls overboard there’s no guarantee we’ll be seen, or even heard.
The good news is that while the snowstorm was raging outside, we were allowed to use the ship’s sauna.
Yes, that’s right, the destroyer Admiral Levchenko has a sauna on board and we found out about it only today. Talk about top secret…
It really was the whole package: pool, sauna, shower, tea & snacks and everything done out in fine wood.
The pool was absolutely freezing, and full of seawater. Apparently they refill it with local water from every sea the ship sails through.
Regardless, that was one of the most relaxing episodes in my life… it’s hard to describe how all the tension, claustrophobia and negative emotions just evaporate.
Again, a reminder of how we really do take everything for granted in the big cities.
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