First I would like to say I know it has been a bit since I have blogged and lots has happened on the ship. We crossed the equator and those who had not yet crossed the equator by ship participated in Neptune Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line-crossing_ceremony). We were awoken by the crew banging on doors and ordering people out to the pool deck area.
Chris and Cindy holding the fishes awaiting their kisses:
Here is a picture of most of the people who altered their hair this day:
The day ended with our talent show which was an eclectic display of talent from dancing to stand up to bagpipe playing, jump roping and singer song writers. There was something for everyone and like I have said before the talent on this ship is pretty amazing. I wonder if it is the students that are drawn to this program or if it is the environment that is so welcoming to a variety of talents no matter the quality level. I don't know. This was the last of my big scale events so I actually got to breathe the days that followed, it was quite nice.
Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24
So Mauritius, this land that no one I know has ever been to and most have not heard of, was a magical wonderful paradise. I definitely started making plans for my time there the night before we arrived yet everything turned out to be fabulous. It is interesting to think that in real life if I was planning to visit a different country I may spend months planning what I would be doing, how I would get there and where I would be staying. On this voyage I seem to figure things out as I go along. I am visiting countries for the first time and making plans the night before and I have been OK (mostly) with this. I would like to take some of this back with me when I get home. We schedule meetings out only hours maybe a day before. We plan large scale events in a week’s time and I we are traveling around the world only concerned about the moment and not stressing about tomorrow (at least I am trying!)
Anyway to Mauritius I will take you. These dancers greeted us as we left the ship:
This is not the best pic of me but it is what I got:
When I was making a deal with the little tour company that had the boats I was told that part of our trip out would be to an aquarium. I said that we did not want to go to an aquarium we wanted to go out on the ocean…the Indian Ocean that is. What I realized later was the glass bottom boat we took out was serving as an aquarium.
After we were done with this great adventure Laura, Janelle and I parted ways from our snorkeling buddies and searched the area for other friends who we knew were staying close by. We did end up getting in a taxi at this point (but negotiated a fair price) and headed to the Beach Villas in Mount Chosy only a 5 minute taxi ride away. Some of our friends got rented a Villa for the night and invited everyone for dinner – there was a barbeque. The place was awesome, with the exception of some on wanted ants. We decided to stay the night as well and it was great to stay off the ship in this great location. It was great night full of eating, some beverages, great conversations and night swimming in the pool that was off of our rooms.
Here is a pic of Danielle, Laura, Emily and I:
This is from the grouds of where we stayed:
Here is me in the Indian Ocean, you can make it your screensaver if you would like!:
The view from our Balcony:
Now I am about 36 hours away from being in South Africa and during the day we were able to see Africa off of the starboard (right) side of the ship. The other night we watched Invictus in the Union and it allowed my mind to settle on the fact that I am actually going to South Africa. South Africa is one of the reasons I wanted to do a full semester at sea voyage. I never imagined I would be going here and now a month after China I am going to South Africa. I consider myself truly blessed to have this opportunity and so grateful to be here. I will get to see my friend Tricia in South Africa, in fact as I write this she is sound asleep in Johannesberg, South Africa and she will fly to Cape Town on Wednesday to meet me when I arrive.