Friday, August 31, 2012
I'm in Ireland! On the morning we arrived, looking at the world map above the bed in my cabin, I was in awe to see the distance we traveled and to know that I would step off the ship in Ireland. My first step was actually on to a lifeboat since we tendered into Galway from our anchored ship. I started the day with an Irish breakfast, went into the cathedral, wandered the streets listening to street musicians, had lunch in a pub, and picked up our rental car. I can probably say that driving on the left side of the road, sitting in the driver's seat on the right side of our Fluence, on a narrow road with a 100km speed limit and winding curves, giving me slight panic attacks when speeding locals and buses passed by, was a perfect way to begin the first of many new, wild, eye-opening, and exciting adventures. The Irish are friendly and charming, and as future posts will illustrate, the countryside is beautiful. I'm grateful to have three new friends with me on this road trip through Ireland. The decision to slowly drive across the country from Galway to Dublin is proving to be a brilliant decision as we drive through small towns to see various sights. I'll share more soon!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I'm in Boston today and the ship is about to leave for Halifax, Nova Scotia. Although I'm sad to say goodbye to my family and friends, I'm undoubtedly excited about the journey ahead of me. I'm grateful to have a loving family and I thank God for their presence in my life. We had a great tour of the ship together as they sent me off on this amazing adventure. I think I'll go out on the deck now and say goodbye to the United States as we sail away. It's time to open my eyes, my mind, and my heart to the world around me.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
In two weeks I will begin a four-month voyage around the world! I will be one of the two librarians on the Fall 2012 Semester at Sea voyage. I am fully aware of what a blessing this opportunity is. I am not placing any expectations on the trip, but I would be surprised if this wasn't a life changing experience. I am going to 14 countries and even more cities, all of which I have never seen before. The shipboard life, a college campus on a ship, is incredibly unique. I am excited about the adventures ahead of me. I may be more than slightly anxious, but who wouldn't be with a once in a lifetime experience only days away. Pretty soon my daily routine is going to be shockingly altered, as I will find myself on a canal ride through Amsterdam, on a camel in the Sahara desert on my way to sleep in a nomad tent, sitting around a fire in Ghana listening to African drumming and folktales, and on a riverboat deep in the Amazon jungle. I look forward to sharing my experiences and giving thanks to God for the trip of a lifetime. Talk to you soon, and please keep Barack Obama in the White House for when I return, otherwise I may decide to stay in Belgium and eat chocolate and drink coffee all day. Peace!