Ever just had a Monday so bad that you wish you could just skip the day? Well, I can now say that I never lived on Monday, January 16th, 2017. While I wish I could claim that I had participated in some sort of time travel, this weird jump all happened because of the international date line. All of the logistics around the time change are a lot the explain, but basically I went to sleep on Sunday the 15th and woke up this morning on Tuesday the 17th. I know, my head is spinning just thinking about it too.
I am officially 18 hours ahead from home, so the whole communication thing is about to get even more difficult. All these time changes have taken a lot to get used to, but it’s always an exciting moment turning our clocks back because that means we are that much closer to Asia and the rest of the adventures within this voyage.
We are about halfway to Kobe, Japan (2400 more miles). The waters have been pretty rough since we left Hawaii and we even had to add 500+ miles to the voyage in order to avoid sailing straight through a storm. I experienced my first bout of seasickness, but all the professors and staff here is very understanding because of its commonness with all the students. Dramamine had definitely been my saving grace through this portion of the voyage. I feel like we’ve gotten through the worst of it, but this next week in port is much needed.
Once we port in Kobe, Japan a group of us plan to travel to Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo and back to Kobe all within our 5 days in the country. We have so many things to do in so little time, I already know it’s going to be a whirlwind of a week with little time for sleep. Besides seeing all of the traditional temples and historical sites, I am most excited to have a traditional Japanese meal and take a tour of one of the counties’ most famous Sake factory.
For the next 6 days though, this time on the boat has really become crunch time for a lot of my classes. I’ve turned in my first few papers and am now preparing for the first of my written exams next week. The classes are no where as easy as I think we all expected, but the easy going atmosphere definitely keeps things light and fun. I have enough class reading to keep me busy everyday and there’s no slacking on that when I usually have a discussion in each class everyday. The professors definitely keep you on your toes with all the variations in their teaching styles, but it’s so much more interactive than any campus any of us have ever been a part of. Between casual dinners with the ships faculty or working out with some of the ships life long learners (alumni), there is always knowledge being shared.
This boat full of happy traveling hippies is my new home, and I still wake up everyday amazed that I get to be a part of this experience. As described by one of my professors, there is most definitely an emotional contagion spreading throughout the ship. We’re all on this sort of high, as we experience some of the happiest months of our lives. There are no words to explain the love I feel when walking through the halls of the ship alongside some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. I have found my little slice of heaven here on the MV World Odyssey.
Sea ya soon,