Valentines in cape town
Trip Start Jan 17, 2006
29Trip End Apr 28, 2006
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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.
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
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
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.