From bollywog to shellback

Yesterday at 9 in the evening we sailed for the first time over the equator. According to our clever book about ceremonies and traditions that would require several rituals to turn the bollywogs (people who’ve never sailed over the equator) into shellbacks. The book said that would include dressing up in strange garb, crawling through garbage, being sloshed with something black and smelly and shaved with a wooden panel… The rest of the ritual consists of a splash of saltwater, a splash of alcohol, giving some of the booze to Neptune and drinking the rest. We skipped the first part and just did the second ;-) , poor Leeloo’s still a bollywog, because she’s not fond of being splashed with anything, so she just watched us doing the baptism ;-)

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