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I kind of wake up and wonder where I am

Stefan F Lindberg

I kind of wake up and wonder where I am

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March 23, 2021

Chief Cook prepares lobster dinner. Halifax, Nova Scotia

Tale from Chief Cook

I always longed away from the small town I grew up in - and when I got the chance to start at a cooking school, it became a way away from the small town.

I chose to take a course focusing on shipping. That's how I started at sea.

I really like my job as a Chief Cook. It's an independent job and I think it's fun to cook. It is not as stressful on board as it is to work at a restaurant ashore.


We are three women on this ship of a crew of 18 people. That's all right. We are like a family. It's like I have a family at home and then one on board.
We have a good social community on this boat. Some disappear into their cabins on their free time, but we are a bunch who try to come up with fun things to do every evening. I'm almost never in my cabin, only when I'm sleeping, or very tired, or want to be alone - but that's very rare.

Sometimes when I'm in the kitchen cooking, I kind of wake up and wonder where I am - and then I might discover that I'm in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and on my way to my home port. It's a strange feeling to always be on the move somewhere - but I like that feeling.

I will stay at sea as long as I think it's fun. It's important with the people you sail with. The ship is like a small community and if you do not like the people you are sailing with, you have nowhere else to escape but to your cabin. If I didn't feel comfortable on board, I would change ships or take a restaurant job ashore.

If I had a family and children, I would quit my job at sea. I can't imagine being away from my children for such long periods. If I have children, I also want to be with them.





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March 23, 2021
Stefan F Lindberg