"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