Hawaii was amazing
. I spent the entire two days with Marissa and we had a great time. Our first morning, we went to Pearl Harbor. This was my favorite part about being in Hawaii. Me being the patriotic self I am who is also obsessed with history, loved every minute at Pearl Harbor, even the emotional moments I had. It is hard to witness a part of history that hurt so many people and our nation as November 7, 1941 did. After Pearl Harbor, Marissa and I needed to do some stalking up on necessities for sea, so we did that and developed South Africa pictures from my disposable camera. That was fun because I had forgotten what all I had taken pictures of until I had them developed. We then were our typical selves and hunted down Subway and Starbucks. We used internet at Starbucks before going to dinner where the food and drinks were so great. It was a nice evening with our friends on the coast of Hawaii. The funny part of the evening though was getting our table at the restaurant. The waitress asked me if we needed a parking voucher. Well, the restaurant was next to the port. I laughed and told her no because "Old Blue [was] parked around the corner," meaning the ship. I know it is one of those moments where you would have to be there, but we all laughed about it for awhile.
Our second and final day in Hawaii, Marissa and I headed out early again to run a couple of errands, such as the post office. We then found Waikiki Beach and hung out there for a few hours. Of course, lunch was again spent at Subway before buying a few keepsakes and drinking wonderful Starbucks one last time. Leaving Hawaii... and the States again was hard to do. The think that kept my spirits up though was knowing that Guatemala is next and then, home.
Prior to arriving in Hawaii, we had our second Global Studies exam (the class that is required for everyone) and I was really nervous about it. However, I believed I did well. I should hope so. I lived, ate and breathed Global Studies for a full 3 days prior to the exam. Preparing for this and being back at sea without much outside communication got me down for a few days again. Not the best part of the voyage, that is for sure. Then... the results were posted. I got an "A" on my test. I worked my butt off for that score. It rejuvenated me. I wrote a final paper then and prepared for final tests. I had my half-birthday which scared me, wow, halfway to 22 already. This year is flying by. I realized how close to graduation I am and how much is ahead of me to come face to face with. My mountain of a semester may have been dwindling but my next year's mountain is beginning to loom ahead.