Valentines in cape town

Trip Start Jan 17, 2006
Trip End Apr 28, 2006

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate;
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
-- Attributed to Nelson Mandela

This amazing quote is what one of the profs, Scott Sherman, left us with after our community college on How to change the world. I truly wish that I had him for a professor. He is amazing. He constantly inspires us to become better people. I wish that he was our Global Studies Professor but unfortunately we were blessed with more of a grandfather figure who is inspiring in his own right. This trip between ports is our longest on the voyage other than our trip to San Diego but it has completely flown. I have been so busy with committees and meetings that I barely have time to think. That with the added pressure of losing an hour 5 out of 7 days has left most of us in a sort of dazed state. We are now, I believe, nine hours ahead of you guys which make communication all the more complicated. These last few days have been filled with readings, presentations, skits, case studies, and tests. All of which have been good but time consuming. The number one thing I miss from home is my bed, and of course all of you. It's actually quite weird how cut off from the world we are. For instance MLK's wife apparently died on the 30th but we just learned about it a week or so ago. What is even more interesting is that her grandson, nick, is on this voyage. He isn't her biological but somehow his adopted parents used to live with the Kings due to the fact that his grandparents helped her out back when she was in school before she even met Martin. It's actually quite confusing and I'm not sure even now if I fully understand the connection. He did live with her for a while a couple years ago though. He gave a "speech" tonight in honor of her. It was really moving. We also have an interport lecturer Dennis Brutus who was in prison on Robben island with Nelson Mandela. Many of our interport lecturers have been amazing for this part of the trip. The sad part is that I have slept thru two of the global studies classes due to the time changes. I am getting really excited for South Africa though. On Saturday I think that I am going to a local hospital with triple A to work with children dying of aids. I'm also excited to go shark diving and river rafting. Hopefully this port will be more exciting than the last but either way I know it will be an experience of a lifetime. It actually is amazing to me that a fourth of our journey is over. I find myself wanting more time, wishing that I had accomplished more by now. I have a feeling that as this trip goes on I will sleep less and less so that I can cram as much in as possible. With all of the clubs and activities plus lectures, guest lectures, community colleges, and of course classes I find that I don't even have a chance to start on my homework until midnight which is actually one. This voyage is teaching me more and more how much you can get out of life if you partake in every opportunity given. There are so many people to meet, things to do, places to go, and chances to learn. I can't wait to go out and experience them all.

Cape Town Day 1:
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Thank you all for the cards, pictures, and valentines! It was wonderful! I was so excited when I got back and I had tons of letters! I had more than anyone else I've talked to? I would also like to take a little break from the blog right now and correct a few of you on some of your misinformation.
*1st off I am getting off the boat in all the ports whether I have money or not. Now after saying that I want you all to know that even if I ran out of money in my checking(which would be due to excessive spending) I still have credit cards and my parents(mom and mike) are there for me if I need them and so I don't have any concern at this time. Please don't worry about me not being able to get off the boat; it was a source of bad information started by someone who just cares a lot.
*2nd I am having a great time here on the boat and it's ok if I miss home. It's a good thing for me to miss you! It doesn't mean that I wish I was with you it means I wish you were here with me or that I was allowed more access to communication. I have plenty of friends here on the boat and I wouldn't trade this for the world. Even in the moments I thought I was dying (later in this blog I'll explain) I would still prefer to be here than anywhere else.
*3rd If you need to communicate with me due to an emergency or whatever you can call me here on the boat. It will cost you a lot of money and they would have to find me but you can call. I also get online about once a week to get emails so email me! Not only that but even though the email is slow it doesn't affect the download time by how much you write. Its pictures or having to go to websites that is incredibly slow so write ten pages! I will copy it and read it after I disconnect. Ten two sentence emails takes me longer to get than one twenty page email. (as long as it doesn't contain pictures)
I don't think that there was anything else in any emails or letters but it is very nice that you are all concerned.
Our first day in Africa began like any other first day in port. Everyone sets there alarms for 6am so that we can all get up and watch the sun rise over the country as we come in to dock. Nicole decided to join me this time and we both struggled to get up in time to see the sun rise. I was ready, ie I was out of bed, so I went up right away while she actually got ready. As soon as I started down the hall Matt stuck his head out his door and scared the crap out of me. He wanted to know if he should really get up since all he could see out his window was fog. I told him to get dressed and come up just incase. The sunrise was actually beautiful. The fog cleared off a little when the sun rose and we could see the outline of table mountain in the background. It was great although it was also freezing. I had always thought that Africa was hot but apparently I was wrong. Soon after the sun rose the fog came back in and so we all decided to go and have breakfast until we could see again. Unfortunately that didn't happen and Tom, the voice, came over the PA and told us that the port was closed until the fog cleared. Although this wasn't welcomed news it was much worse news for for the people who were on safari number one. They missed their flight before we were even cleared to dock. By the time we actually were in port it was time for me to leave for Robben Island. Sara and I were both eating lunch when they announced for us to go to the union and so we both ran to our rooms and ran back upstairs. There was really no hurry because we ended up waiting in the union for an hour and a half for the customs agents to come on only to find out that they weren't going to make it on in time for us to catch the ferry. That was really disappointing because I was really looking forward to Robben Island and I was also going there with my favorite class (tourism). It ended up that we weren't allowed off the ship until almost 3pm. There were huge lines to get off. From far away cape town doesn't look very impressive but once you actually get into the city itself it is beautiful. Right off our boat was Victoria Wharf, a huge mall, and tons of restaurants and other shops along with twenty or so banks. It was amazing we could have spent a week just there. That night Katina and I went out to look around and eat. We ate at a place called Dodge. It was really good. I had a burger and chips(fries). It was so nice. There was so much to see just walking around by the boat. That night I ended up not sleeping since I was getting up at 4:30 anyways. Nicole got back a little after me around 3:45 and then we ended up talking about the township that she went to until 4:15. She decided to try and take a quick power nap for the 15 minutes she had too. (she was headed on safari I was headed shark cage diving)
Basically the first day in cape town was rather uneventful (for me-ie I didn't go to the bars on long street) but I already had the feeling that I could definitely live in cape town. It's the first port that unless my life goes completely askew I know I am coming back to.
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