Friday, 2 August 2013

A working holiday

Yesterday was our Emancipation Day holiday, and ironically I spent the day working hard.
I'd wanted to visit the Simon Bolivar School Ship which had been advertised for public viewing, but then was cancelled on account of police protocols....oh well.
I love ships and I love sailing, and to say I was disappointed at not being able to attend, would be putting it mildly.
Nonetheless, I will still tell you a little about the ship.
The Simon Bolivar school ship is a naval training ship attached to the Venezuelan Army that travels to various countries promoting peace, friendship and social justice in a educative-military exchange.
As part of its regional training voyage, it docked in Barbados for a few days.
The  three-sail ship, known as The Ambassador without Borders was built in 1980 and has sailed over 13,000 nautical miles. It is a training ground for cadets of the Naval School of Venezuela, as well as cadets from Uruguay and Brazil.
 Image borrowed form the internet
These future naval leaders of their country are able to sail all over the globe while being trained not only in classroom academic studies, but also practical training in maritime procedures and offshore navigation techniques.
 You may read more on the ship here and here.
The history of the man Simon Bolivar here.

After that disappointment, I threw myself into some chores that needed to be completed whether it was a holiday or not.
I would have welcomed the opportunity to mingle with a few Spanish speaking nationals of was such a long time that I had done so.
Back in 1988, as a member of the prestigious President's Club of my university,  we visited Venezuela as a graduation class. What a memorable trip.  It was wonderful to mingle with the locals and see how they lived and worked and played.  I really must post about that trip soon.


  1. Hi Virginia! let me beginning telling to you that I had the opportunity to receive the school-ship last Tuesday and was really emotive to see all the students standing every where in the ship and the amazing, huge Venezuelan flag while there were singing music in live. If you want the pictures mail me: I agree, was a shame that you were not able to go.

    1. Yes, it was disappointing not to be able to view the ship, especially after I had driven down to the port to do so.
      I know I would have enjoyed my visit.
      Thanks for your kind offer of sharing your photos with me. Look out for my email.

  2. I'm sorry you didn't get to visit but thanks for the amusing detour into clamping and the exceptionally informative history lesson: I was ashamed at how much I realised I once knew and had forgotten.

    1. Maybe the next time the Simon Bolivar visits, I may get to go aboard.
      Don't be ashamed about forgetting history, our brains don't retain as much as they used to, at least mine doesn't.


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