Friday, January 23, 2009

Middle of the Atlantic!

As I am typing this, we are about half way in between the Bahamas and Spain, so right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  I'm only going to post a couple of pictures because I learned that they eat up my internet limits.

So let's start at the beginning.  After a fiasco at the airport because my flight was cancelled from Fort Lauderdale to Bahamas was cancelled, I eventually made it to the hotel, which was really nice and I met most of the people I am friends with now that one night.  The next day I waited in line with some friends for 1.5 hours dragging all of our stuff along in order to check in.  When we finally made it through the whole process, we saw this:

(I couldn't fit the other half of the ship in the picture)

We've also been told that we are on a ship, not a boat, and we are on a voyage, not a cruise.  There is a picture of my room right when I got there below.  My roommate's name is Rachel and we get along well.  Our cabin is at the very front of the ship on the 4th deck.  This is also the rockiest part of the whip and I had been seasick for the first couple of days, but now I just take half a dramamine every morning and I am totally fine.  Cabins in the back of the ship get the engine noise, but they don't rock at all.  I would definitely prefer noise over rocking, though I have been getting used to the rocking.

We left Nassuau Bahamas about 6pm on Monday, January 19th.  Since then, we've had orientation (most of which I missed because I felt seasick that whole day) and three days of classes.  I've pretty much enjoyed my classes and it has been nice not to have any pressure since I've already graduated.  

Below is the 7th deck, which has a small pool and a snack bar and is the favorite place to lay out in the afternoon.

There are a bunch of classrooms on decks 5 and 6 and students live on decks 3 and 4.  There is one big room called "the union" for big classes and also for various activities, like showing movies and even swing dancing tonight (which could get interesting since that is the rockiest part of the ship)

That's all for now, but here's a picture of my view from where I am sitting.


Allie said...

oo, so pretty. is it cold? i hope you start to get used to the sea sickness.

Matthew Mosley said...

I love the last picture. Makes me feel like I'm there.

TomBrown said...

Yeah, dang. I think if this MIT thing doesn't work out for me, I'll just live off the see. Want to join the Somali pirates with me?

Anonymous said...

I find it difficult to believe that University of Texas did not make the list of schools at which you interviewed :p

I hope you have a wonderful time in your semester at sea (granted this was posted AFTER you set sail...)

Hope all is well and that you recover quickly from your sea sickness

Andy Brod

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Burton-Connor have a pool and snack bar?? Hope you're having fun in Spain!