My heart and soul have gone to sea...


Sunday, August 28, 2011...
Ive been aboard the MV Explorer for three days now. I havent posted anything because my brain has been a lovely tangle of thoughts and ideas. Remember what it was like the first days of school or camp or even a trip abroad? Your heart and mind are on overdrive. Its exciting, a bit unnerving, fabulous!

Sailing down the St. Lawrence River. The 1st sunset of the journey.

Living at sea requires that your body adapt to a new way of being. You need time to develop your sea legs and a mariners mindset.

Youre also meeting hundreds of new shipmates, trying to remember their names and where theyre from. Youre attending orientation sessions designed to help you meet your personal goals for the voyage. Youre learning how to be a contributing member of the shipboard community. And ... of course you need time to process it all.

In a way we, on board, are experiencing a lovely form of culture shock. Everybody from the tiny 3 year old passengers to the older Life Long Learners amongst us are morphing. Were creating new personal styles for ourselves as we set off to circumnavigate the globe together.

3 year old Aaya is quickly becoming a shipboard personality.

I cant think of any place I would rather be than on this MV Explorer heading across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa. I wish I could take all of you with me on this amazing journey but since thats not possible Ill try to do it instead with words and pictures. Hold on tight; I promise you a fun ride.

Todays Semester At Sea Trivia: On this Fall Voyage we are sailing with 451 enthusiastic students with a grade point average of 3.31.

P.S. If you have any questions about the ship or what Ill be seeing and doing along the way, please post them in this comments box. When the WIFI signal on the Explorer is strong enough I promise to answer each and every one of those queries.


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