Here on the Africa Mercy we participate in much more PG rated (and safe) ceremonies to commemorate crossing the line. We do the limbo, a tug of war, and line dancing. (see all the references to lines?) Then tomorrow, since when we cross that point everything then goes backwards and upside down, we're encouraged to wear our clothing that way. Silly, yes, but fun; I love this community and the joy we get out of each other and being silly together.
Once you cross this line you carry the title of Emerald Shellback, or Royal Diamond Shellback. If you cross the equator in a ship but not at the prime meridian, you're a Shellback. If you cross the equator at the international date line, (much more common in the mariner's world) you're a Golden Shellback. So really, it's quite an honor that we are receiving that we get to cross the ocean at that very point. Something that wasn't ever on my bucket list before but I'm glad to do it.
As I write that I think, how completely weird is this life I lead!
And I love it.
One final note - we're on 60 minutes TONIGHT, Sunday, August 4th! Tune in!
Love from the Atlantic - Krissy