What is this foreign land called home?

Trip Start Jan 17, 2006
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Trip End Jun 20, 2006


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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, LET IT. Nobody said it would be easy, they said it would be worth it."

We disembarked the ship April 28. That morning we woke up for sunrise. When I say woke up most of us stayed up all night and took maybe a short nap before sunrise, I think mostly because no one wanted to let go and staying awake seemed as a last resort to staying together. As the sunrose over California I think it finally hit us all that this was it. The sun rising that morning was the setting sun on our 100 days, which only seemed fitting after all of our gloroius sunsets from the deck. We stood together taking pictures and speaking of the end of our life changing semester. It was a chilly morning and we hulded together for warmth and comfort. We walked the sun try to rise in the misty cloud filled morning and then went in for an early breakfast. It was such a strange day knowing that it was our last hours together and an unsteady feeling for home. We all had breakfast together and toasted to a wonderful friendship and voyage. When pulled into the port we saw our families on the shore. It was a great homecoming to see all the families so exicted to see everyone. I tried to get through the crowd to see dad but I was too short. Drew picked me up on his shoulders and I called dad and found him in the crowd. It was so great to see him again.
I went and said my goodbye to Evan which was hard since I knew he would be one of the first of my friends to go. It seemed to strange saying goodbye to these people whom I had become so close with in just 100 days. I had a bond with these people they had seen me at my very worst and on top of the world (literally) and we had all in growing a little different from the people we were in January in turn become closer to each other. As I watched Evan leave the ship I knew that this was really the end of our 100 days. Since he was the first to go I knew watching my friends leave one by one wasn't going to get any easier. It was so hard to be the last off watching all these amazing friends I love step off our fanatsy on the M.V and back to reality and different ends of the country. The room was packed up everyone before me was gone and now it was my turn to say goodbye. I stepped off my home for the past 100 days and along with my drum and paper hat I stepped off that ship with a lifetime of memories, and a new world in front of me.

I met up with dad at the
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