Sea Days

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
Trip End Dec 15, 2010

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Travel by sea nearly approximates the bliss of babyhood. They feed you, rock you gentl to sleep and when you wake up, they take care of you and feed you again." –Geoffrey Bocca

I would say this quote pretty much sums up what  life at sea is like right now! We are finally in smoother waters and as I understand, we have distanced ourselves from the hurricanes. This means that instead of being violently thrust around the cabin while trying to sleep, I get to be gently rocked to sleep. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity, sincerity, and hardwork of the crew members. It is really unbelievable everything they do. I have a steward, Angelito, who comes around and tidies up our rooms! And at meals, the crew members are eager to get you a drink if you don't have enough hands to carry your food.  There is one crew member in the dining room named Misriam whom I really like. He always offers to fill up my water bottle and he calls me smiley. All of the crew members do their daily tasks with huge grins! I really like them.  I also have really liked all of the professors on this voyage. They are all eager to get to know their students. I am taking some really interesting classes. I think my two hardest classes are going to be Global Studies and World Religions. They are all pretty interesting and prepare us for the ports we will be visiting. Each of my classes has a field component. For most of the classes this involves looking at a certain aspect of each port and relating it to the class. Our weather has been pretty nice. I like to stay outside as much as I can because the ship can feel pretty crowded. We have these people called lifelong learners on the boat, too. To be a lifelong learner you have to be atleast 45. Most of the LLL’s are taking our classes alongside us. It is kind of funny to watch them try to figure out how things work in the new age of technology and computers.  Yesterday, I met a couple who are sailing on their 10th voyage with Semester at Sea!! WOW! The ship also has a family atmosphere as most of the faculty and staff have their children on board, too.  This morning we sailed past the Azores, a chain cluster of islands. I believe there are 9 islands. The islands are controlled by Portugal. It was kind of neat to see land again after seeing nothing but blue water and an occasional dolphin over the last 4 days. I will add the photos when we get into port. They aren’t that exciting because it was kind of foggy but I’ll post them anyways! I am really looking forward to arriving in Spain on Saturday!
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Ashley Edge on

Hey Al, I know it is the beginning of your trip, but sounds like everything is going really well. I love hearing about life at sea. Have so much fun! Love you, Ash

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