Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
"Rumor: The ship changed its course because of an iceberg in our path.
Response: There is some truth to this rumor. The MV Explorer regularly receives comprehensive marine weather data. Leaving
Rumor: Sharks follow the follow the ship to eat leftover food thrown overboard.
Response: This is false (we think) Who really knows since we live above water! The fact is that leftover food is not thrown overboard--it is diluted into a watery paste and discharged into the ocean when appropriate. A lucky shark in the right place at the right time might get a nice puree of our food waste, but we suspect they don't regularly stalk us!
Rumor: The MV Explorer has slowed down its speed so we don’t get to
Response: The passage from
Just thought I'd keep you updated. Also, feel free to comment. I'm not going on the internet at this time (saving $), but my mom is forwarding all comments to me. Also SEND ME E-MAILS!!!! You can send them to my Umass email - it is being forwarded, or if you want to be special you can send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org There's a computer lab in the middle of the ship so I check my e-mail a lot when I pass it. I have like an hour or two free in sections in the middle of the day during class time so I stop by a lot in the afternoon. I'm curious how many people are actually reading this. Plus if you e-mail me, then I will respond (assuming I don't get really really busy in the next few days) and they you get messages from me from another country. Way cool, right? Ok so really I just want some mail, but it is pretty cool. I keep thinking of doing shout outs here, but I would leave at least one person out by mistake and I don't want anyone to be left out so send me a personal message and you'll get one back (any maybe a shout out to). Can you tell I'm trying to avoid homework? There's nothing to clean in my tiny room so this is my procrastination technique (don't worry - it's only reading and not due for a few days). I actually made flash cards yesterday for my exam the day before we're in Italy (look it up - I did that way in advance: are you proud? because I am). Also they have movies playing on our TVs. There's 6 channels: 1 is the ship info (latitude, longitude, speed, date, time, etc.), 2 and 3 I think are foreign/ cultural films, 4 is the dean's memo info (announcements, b-days, rumor ranger, etc), 5 is children/ family movies (Harry Potter, Pooh, Cars, Ice Age - yes those are the ones I usually have on when I'm getting ready), and 6 is popular films. I was annoyed this morning because I was watching something while I was getting ready and they turned it off because it was 15 minutes before global studies which everyone has to go to. However, the ship is only so big so I still had 5 minutes (really like 10 b/c the room we were going to go to doesn't open until 5 min before b/c there's a class, but I wanted to get there early). So I turned on the channel 1 for some noise. They have cheesy music on there with the ship info. Ok, time to go. I think I'll make some more flash cards (way more interactive than reading a text book. I am reading Dream in Color because Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is coming and she wrote it. That one is pretty good, but I hate reading text books so flash cards it is. Okay, stay posted - there will be more info to come.
From the Atlantic Ocean by Europe, Sharon
Friday, June 19, 2009
Response: False! The Captain advises the swells that we are experiencing are not uncommon for an Atlantic crossing. To give a sense of perspective, he rates these swells as a “5” on a 10 point scale (essentially, “moderate”). Further, the Captain advises we should expect a few more days of this type of swell and—fortunately-- conditions are not expected to worsen." (Dean's Memo, Semester at Sea, 6/17/09) (see look - no plagiarism: I gave the source)
Ok it's really lunch time. Ooh afternoon announcements are on (she got the date right today :)). Note to self (you know because I have so much internet to check my blog lol. Ok I should probably get some extra sleep and maybe go outside because I found that way funnier than you probably all will): set clocks back an hour tonight.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tonight I'm going to meet up with some people for dinner and my mom's going to a parent's event on the boat so she can look around. P.S. my dad and I switched phones for the summer b/c his is international capable so when you text me, you are actually texting him. Email me if you want to say something please.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
tomorrow. Packing 9 weeks of stuff into 2.5 bags wasn't easy, but I think we
got it to all fit. I'll miss everyone so much but I'm very excited. I hope
everyone has a great summer, and plan on seeing many many many many pictures
and videos when I come home. :)
I told people I would do one of these myself, but until then, here's a tour of
the ship if you want to see where I'll be living when on the water. :)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Here is the link to the website. It will take you to the information on mailing letters to me, but if you look around you can find more info about SAS (Semester at Sea) and my trip.