Love from the Pacific Ocean
Trip Start Aug 26, 2006
20Trip End Dec 08, 2006
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a) Cabin Number 4048
b) No packages... I won't get them
c) THANK YOU!!!
Currently I'm somewhere in the Pacific, surrounded by nothing but water for miles around. The decks are chilly, so no promises about me laying out and getting a stupendous tan, although it's overcast today, so hopefully during sunny days it won't feel as bad. My flight out of Cincinnati was delayed... 4 am wake up for nothing :( San Diego was pretty and had a million street side restaurants where you could eat al fresco - and all the servers wore suits. Weird. Had some Persian food for dinner... it was like Indian food... but not nearly as good, in my opinion. My roommate for the evening, Kristin (from Colorado) and I tried Doough (pronounced "Doog") and is a yogurt drink with lime, mint and salt. It wasn't that great, but an experience, none the less. We had some flat bread and butter and ordered 2 vegetarian entrees to split: one was cooked spinach and beans (basically...) and the other was lentils and eggplant in a tomato sauce - which was our favorite, eaten over saffron and white rice (picture to come). Walked a few miles (literally) with Kristin up 5th Ave. to Balboa park (very lush among the pavement and desert-ness) and couldn't get a cab (and our hotel wouldn't give us a number to call... long story) so we walked about halfway back to our hotel before we hailed a cab. Slept for 10 hours... did the same last night, too. I think I'm all caught up from the jet lag, now.
The bus ride to Ensenada was relatively uneventful as I fell asleep again :) it was weird though... there were only a few cars going into Mexico and a TON, literally, miles of cars stopped dead, waiting to get back into the states with vendors selling last minute souvenirs to tourists. The first city we drove through looked so poverty stricken - houses below ghettos here - shacks without roofs. Meanwhile billboards proclaimed verizon wireless phones in espanol. The further into Mexico, the nicer the houses. Saw a ginormous Jesus statue (I'll try to upload it to the blog at some point) and a lot of housing complexes geared to Americans (due to the English writing). The boat's gorgeous, however, I won't have a roommate until Hawaii due to some personal things. Kinda lonely, as I really like people and that built in fun of a person to go to breakfast with - people aren't thrilled when you greet them with a big smile, "Hi, I'm Amy... is it ok if I join you?" Normally, 2 cups of coffee are needed before they can handle the most remote of chipperness. Looking forward to classes starting tomorrow; met all of my professors today - they are so enthusiastic and approachable! I cannot wait.
Almost dinner time (My body's still adjusting and wants to eat in Ohio time...) They always put up a written menu to see what's for dinner (so far we've had pastas, salads, vegetarian curry, lentil stew... meat things I didn't touch... etc.)
P.S. Note to the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma: There are at least two other Kappa girls onboard, however, I haven't gotten to talk to them due to the craziness of getting around the ship... more later :)