So, the end is coming. Four more days actually. While I’m trying hard to ignore the fact that this is almost over, I know in reality it is coming to an end. With that, I wanted to type up a blog post of things I’m going to miss the most about Semester at Sea and the MV Explorer.
While a big part of this trip has been about learning, living, and having fun in other countries, the other side of this trip has been about living life aboard a ship, and not just any ship. The MV Explorer has been my home for over three months now. It is probably one of the things I am going to miss the most. So with that, I wanted to just talk a little bit about life on the ship and what I’m going to miss about it.
1. My cabin. Somehow I lucked out and got one of the biggest cabins on the ship. It ia an awesome cabin, and I’m definitely going to miss it.
2. My roommates Ariel and Kathy. Ariel and Kathy and I didn’t become the best of friends, but they have been absolutely awesome the entire voyage. We got along so well and had a best time living together.
3. The banging draws in my cabin when the seas got rough. Honestly, it was so annoying when the seas were rough and the draws in our room would slam open and shut all night and keep us all up, but looking back on it, it was actually hilarious to deal with. We tried so many different methods to keep those suckers closed. It was always a struggle.
4. Sitting on the floor to watch movies in my cabin. So I took a film class this semester which meant I had to watch a lot of movies for that class. Well, I slept on the bottom bunk, so the top bunk always blocked the TV. So, for every movie I had to sit on the floor and watch these hour long foreign films for class. Every time one of my roommates would walk in and see me sitting on the floor they’d say, “You’re watching another one!?”
5. The Caribbean Sea. I was part of the Caribbean Sea this past semester. While we weren’t the closest sea, my RD Chris, as well as the rest of my sea-mates were all really cool and did their absolute best to make myself and everyone else feel comfortable. I’m still proud that we came in last place for the Sea Olympics!
6. The Cove. The Cove is this little nook under the stairs on deck three. This where I made some of my best friends on the ship. In the beginning of the voyage, we would all just sit there and get to know each other for hours on end. It was the ultimate hang out spot.
7. Deck three. The majority of my friends live on deck three. It is so much fun running up and down the hallways to each other’s room. Living so close to each other is the best.
8. The secret hallway to Heather and Tory’s room. To get to Heather and Tory’s room I always take this hallway that the crew mostly uses. It isn’t very secret, but I like to take the secret hallway there regardless.
9. Heather and Tory. Heather and Tory were the first two friends I made on this ship. I met them in Dominica, our first port, and ever since then we’ve been close. I am so lucky that they both go to the University of New Hampshire so they are only a few hours away from SC.
10. Heather and Tory’s room. So about half way through the voyage, Heather and Tory’s room became the new hang out spot. Our entire group of friends spend hours in this room hanging out. It is always a great time.
11. The top bunk in Heather and Tory’s room. Halfway through the voyage Heather and Tory found out that they had a top bunk in their room that they could let down. Overall, that became my bed. I take naps and have sleepovers in that bed often.
12. The elevator. After Ghana, our second port, we met our friend Alyssa. Now Alyssa has a love for taking the elevator everywhere. Of course we then started to take it more that we should have. We definitely all got progressively lazier over the course of this trip.
13. The railing on the right side on deck three. Almost every day I slide down this railing. Multiple times crew members yell at me to stop. Sorry, Rufus, but it is fun!
14. Knocking on Bob’s door on deck four. Quite often we run upstairs to our friend Bob’s door and just bang on it until he opens it. It is always so obnoxious, but always a lot of fun.
15. Knocking on doors of cabins in general. I am the most annoying knocker ever. I knock/scratch/bang on people’s doors (especially Heather and Tory’s room) until someone answers me. Always entertaining.
16. How long the hallways are on deck four. For some reason the hallways on deck four are significantly longer than deck three (my home). I make my friends walk down the long hallways a lot because it always blows my mind.
17. Deck five dining hall. This is where I eat almost all of my meals. Always on the right side of the dining hall as well.
18. Ship breakfast. The breakfast on the ship is always the best meal of the day. Now I’m not a morning person, but I wake up for breakfast. 8:15 every day!
19. Pasta and potatoes. This is literally what we eat at every lunch and dinner except when it is taco day. It got very old, very fast, but I’m definitely going to miss complaining about it.
20. Tymitz Square. This is a pretty central place on the ship. This is where the Purser’s Desk is located (bought too many calling cards there). This also is where we would all congregate on the first day in port when the gangway would be on deck five. It would always be a mess trying to get off the ship on the first day in port.
21. Stalker board. On the ship we have this giant board with everyone’s picture and name that was on the ship. It is always fun to look at it and try and figure out who people are.
22. Edwin. Edwin is my steward for my cabin and he is the best. He is the sweetest guy and always know how to make me smile!
23. Fifth deck aft. Fifth deck aft is where we lay out on sunny days and try to work on our tan. They have great lounge chairs out there and we just spend hours there tanning and enjoying the sea life.
24. Clive and Joel. Clive and Joel are my two favorite waiters that work on the ship. They are always very sweet and I always have great conversations with them.
25. The Garden Lounge. The Garden Lounge is the second, smaller dining hall on the sixth deck. Sometimes when I want to get work done without distractions, I sit up there for a while and do my work. They also have these awesome tubes that pump bubbles through them constantly. That was always entertaining to watch while trying to study.
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