Where the water drains the other way...

Trip Start Jan 15, 2006
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Trip End Apr 28, 2006


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Monday, January 30, 2006

Oi! (that's Portuguese)

I got some action today-I kissed a fish! Two fish actually! I showered in "fish guts" (well, we substituted it with mixture of eggs, bacon bits, and water), and then rinsed off in a pool filled with saltwater. The thought of shaving my head (well, actually just cutting it super short) crossed my mind, but I ran away back to my room before I did anything stupid. Haha...it was a great time-and I'm not even joking. We crossed the equator last night at approx. 330am and all of our freakish-ness this morning was in celebration of the Neptune Festival. I'm not exactly sure of the history or reasoning behind all of these activities, but the randomness of it all made it even more fun. We were all awoken this morning at 745am to the ship's crew dressed in white, with their faces painted, chanting and beating on drums. They paraded through the hall and woke everyone up on the entire ship. After breakfast, the fish guts started pouring and the hair started coming off. I don't know exactly how many people shaved their heads, but I would guess at least 100 people total did it and 40 of them were girls. Apparently the 40 girls is a semester at sea record. Some people can pull off the bald look-others, well, lets just say they should have stuck with their original look. Everyone seems to have had a great time this morning. It was a beautiful day in the southern hemisphere to add to everything. My skin now has a little bit of a reddish tint to it, but I'm hoping it won't be too long before that changes to a tan ?.

We have our first Global Studies test tomorrow so everyone on the ship is cramming for that tonight (everyone on the ship has to take this class)...which means that I better join the crowd. One more day until Salvador Brazil...One more day of classes until a six day break. I am livin' the life ?

Take care everyone...

Ciao! (that's what they say in Brazil)
Allison
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alli
alli on

Hello from Michigan
Hi Allison,
Your trip sounds great so far. Are you still sick or did you get that under control? I know how that feels. I just got done reading your letters to Grandma Miskiewicz and she is excited that you get to see the world. Grandma wanted to know how many students are on the ship? Grandma says to 'take it all in and enjoy it don't be a party pooper'. She likes your writing ability it makes it very interesting to hear about your trip. Talk to you soon
Love, Aunt Terri

shanna
shanna on

Fish Guts!
Oh wow... I hope you plan on making a scrapbook with all those picture you have. I just began to realize the importance of memories when I looked through my high school yearbook! Fish guts... Allison everybody else was shaving their heads you should have jumped in. It sounds like you're having a wonderful time. Good luck on your test
Shanna

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