A little bit of everything

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


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Sunday, January 22, 2006

1/22/2006

I didn't realize that the ship would move this much. Our droors in our room open and close themselves all day long and so we finally had to tape them shut. Yesterday was our first day of classes(other than global studies) and I have to say it went pretty well. My biology class is in classroom #8 which is the classroom right by the union which normally makes people sick. I was definitely feeling it but I made it through the first class. Since we have such a little amount of time for each class we got started right away. I met my lab partners, Dustin and Andrew, and then we took some notes on the scientific method. I hope that most of this will be review especially since I never got my book. Andrea, my prof (they all go by their first names, I'm sure Natalie is appalled), said not to worry about it since they probably didn't have enough in the book store anyway. She put two on reserve in the library and we only have three tests so it shouldn't be a big deal. My tourism class met for the first time today and I love it! My professor, Simon, is originally from Brighton and now teaches at Calvary. (England and Canada) He has a great accent! (all of you olivet girls it would be like having Luke Smith lecture for an hour, it's great!) He works as a consultant for tons of ski resorts and has done everything living in 6 different countries so far. His wife is in the fashion business and is incredibly jealous of Crissy (a girl in my class) who brought 26 swim costumes(as he calls them) and a Tupperware full of sunglasses. She was in my group today and has been to 26 countries in the last year but hales from NY. She's a lot of fun. The other kid in my group is Blake and he is from U of Colorado. He was in Europe last summer backpacking. I feel a little under traveled here compared to them. I also started my lit class today and I have what you might call a "hippy" of a teacher. She basically used the whole class for us to talk about how we're feeling. The changes we've experienced and how that has to do with the sea. My roommate, Nicole, isn't feeling well right now which makes me feel better because shes been on six cruises and has never gotten sick. Needless to say that most of these kids don't know the meaning of the word budget. They're all a lot of fun though and if you really want a good time go to a pub night in the middle of the ocean. 600 students all drinking on one deck with the ship going into a storm. It was so much fun! Everyone was running around getting to know new people and then we'd hit a wave and we'd all fly into the arms of the person across from us. It was a great time and I met so many new people. There are around a hundred of us who don't drink or at least are choosing not to for now. Most of them stayed in the other areas of the ship but I preferred to be with the huge crowds. Unfortunately I think I'm already starting to hang out with a "click" but I don't think I'm in too deep yet. We all just normally meet for dinner at six and then hang out for the rest of the night. They're all a lot of fun and I already know that I'm going to miss them. There is Nicole my roommate from Michigan st., E or Elise from the OC who goes to Chapman, Jane from Michigan, Jeff who we call DJ jazzy jeff, Jessica who we lovingly call asian, because she fulfills all asian stereotypes, who goes to Pitt, and Joe from Cornell. Its actually pretty amazing because in the last ten hours this ship has suddenly become our home. We all walk around smiling and saying hi to each other and pretend that it's the first time we've been introduced when the other person forgets our name. There are a few who don't join in on this friendly little tradition but we just write them off as being sea sick. Tomorrow we dock in Puerto Rico! So far we've been told not to go to the place they call the pearl. I have no idea what that is in Spanish so most likely I'll end up there at some point. I'm really just hoping to do a lot of touring and hiking while there though. I'm sure I'll write while I'm there and then just post it all when I get back from the different days that I wrote it. So far that seems to be working out well for me.
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