Semester at Sea

This semester I will be on a ship taking classes and traveling to different countries. I will visit Cadiz, SPAIN ~ Casablanca, MOROCCO ~ Takoradi, GHANA ~ Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA ~ Port Louis, MAURITIUS ~ Chennai, INDIA ~ SINGAPORE ~ Ho Chi Minh City, VIET NAM ~ Hong Kong/Shanghai, CHINA ~ Kobe/Yokohama, JAPAN ~ Honolulu/Hilo, HAWAII ~ San Diego, USA.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

10212010. Sea Olypics!

Yesterday were the Sea Olympics! Basically the different decks are broken into ‘seas’ and then we competed in against each other in different things. We woke up, got our game faces on, and went to the back deck to take a Sea picture. Then Ariel and I booked our flight for China and did a bunch of other stuff for that. By the time we did that, ate lunch, and fixed our war paint it was time for the Opening Ceremonies. All of the Seas gathered in the union and did their chants (basically a roll call for all you BGRers out there ;)). There were some really good ones! Sadly we, the Adriatic Sea, are the smallest so we didn’t have the same effect as some of the really big seas. Anyway, after the chants, the games began.

First, we watched synchronized swimming. When I first heard synchronized swimming would be an event, I was really confused how they would make it good, but I was impressed. The rocking of the ship makes it hard to balance when walking around, let alone in the pool! There were some very creative routines!

Then we went to tug-o-war because Ariel was competing. We are the smallest Sea, and we had the least intimidating team, but we ended up winning! It was so exciting. It turns out that it will forever be a source of pride because it was the only event in the whole thing that we won. Haha. This morning we had signs on our doors that said, “Go Adriatic! 1st place tug-o-war…the only event that matters!” haha.

After that we went to the union to watch lip synching. Again, I didn’t know how people would make it good, but I was impressed. The Sea that got first place did a huge montage of famous songs/dances – Single Lades, Oops I did it again, Bad Romance, Genie in a Bottle, Soldja Boy, I Like Big Butts, Justin Bieber, and Thriller – and it was so good!

I had to leave early because I was competing in Sudoku. Haha. The puzzles were really hard, and so no one finished in time. They ended up throwing out the points for the whole event since they weren’t able to judge it.

We ran to dinner, ate really quickly (they had a big cake for ‘Founder’s Day’!), and then went to the closing ceremonies. They tallied up the points (the other games that I didn’t see were dodge ball, crab soccer, table tennis, Dean David says, Jeopardy and some others) and announced the winner. We obviously didn’t win, but it was still a lot of fun!

Later that night we had pre-port for India. It was pretty much the same as usual, except in the middle there was a flash mob that did the Jai Ho dance. It was so amazing!! The lip sync winners also redid their dances.

It was such an awesome day! I was up really late doing a take home test, but it was totally worth it!

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