Monday June 10 we were in Terneuzen. Another sunny day - although not as hot as last Friday. Which is good, because we had the chance to 'get back in our routine'. We had 181 and a half kids :-) which is a record up till now. The morning was fine, but the afternoon a bit chaotic, due to the hot weather again. But we managed . We had to work real hard on some of the kids to get the message accross. During the morning, Chris and Ruth questioned the students about affirmative action and some really nice things came out of that (see the chat-section on the web-site for more on that).
Tuesday (11-6) we did Vlissingen. It was a nice and also perfect day. Every- thing went smooth, the weather was not too hot and the Kuni Kids did avery, very inspired concert during the lunch-break. We had a class of high school students in the morning and 3 classes of grammar-school kids in the afternoon. Right now we're sailing in the direction of Middelburg, where we will arrive in a few hours.
Wednesday (12-6) we were in Middelburg. Yesterday night Juergen Schlicher arrived from Germany to be part of the Brown Eyes Blue Eyes team again. Was nice to see him again, and we had a wonderfull evening talking and singing with the Kuni Kids who did a jam-session. Now Suzette wants us to assemble a crew-choir for the end-of-tour gig on the 22nd. :-)) The day itself started without any problems. The students arrived, we did the selection and stickered them, lined them up in rows and took them to their 'assigned' activities. It ran like clockwork. Nice kids, beautifull evaluation. We even had 3 (!) who understood within 5 minutes what the meaning of it all was. When the program was finished we sailed immediatly and had a very nice barbeque on deck.
Thursday (13-6) we arrived in Goes. The weather was much hotter and we had
to work harder to keep everyone in line. In the lunch break one of the
brown-eyed's who had been a pain all morning, tried to disrupt the exercise.
This is not a common thing. Most of the time the brown-eyed's, who are
the one's that are treated nicely and have the privileges don't care so
much for the fact that the blue-eyed's have a hard time. As long as *they*
are not treated this way, it is ok by them. The one who was disruptive
was not standing up for the blue-eyed's. He just wanted to do a power play.
A pity. Standing-up for the blue-eyed's...that would really have been a
first on this tour. Well, some of them try. But when we ask them: 'so shall
we make you a blue-eye too' and take out the stickers, they are not so keen
anymore. Most of those say during the evalutions: 'But if I had joined them
as a blue-eye, I could have done nothing for them'. So whe ask them: 'and
what did you do for them being a brown-eye? Also nothing'.
In the evening we watched the video-tape Mireille and Juergen had made from us during the day. Very interesting to see all the facial expressions and the body language close-up. They feel it alright. And they don't like it at all.
Friday (14-6) we were in Zierikzee. Another good day with nice results. We had two groups that day, and the morning group did not go through the exercise. Which was a pity and very annoying because a lot of those kids had very racist attitudes. The school that signed them in had stated beforehand that they would come to the ship only to see the exhibition and the other activities. Fortunately, the teachers that morning were scared by what their kids were saying, writing and painting. So Kitty made a deal with them to visit their school next year and do the exercise. In the afternoon we had another group that did do the exercise. Another bad lot. Ronald and Suzette did a very forcefull, turbo-evaluation on one group. They very aggressive and hurt by what we had done to them, and some of them just did not want to understand. Those we kept seperate from the rest and talked to *after* the evaluation till they got it.
Well, one more week to go. We're all going home this weekend, and as our visit to Gouda on Monday is cancelled due to lack of participants, we'll have an extra long weekend!
Greetz from the Zeester crew!