Emily J. - Semester at Sea - Fall 2013
Only a little over a month has gone by and I am already on country number eight. To say I'm overwhelmed is an understatement. I am overwhelmed by the diversity in culture I've experienced, the different histories I've learned to appreciate and the growing up I've done in one month. Seriously, learning about so many different cultures first hand has been the coolest experience. I've seen things I've only read about, tasted things I didn't even know how to pronounce and have so many stories of my own that I can say helped me grow as a person. I can't wait for the rest to continue!
One thing I didn't expect, I get sea sick! :( it really is terrible I won't lie to you, but the days you get to get off the ship to a place you've never been, a map in hand and a few vague phrases of the local language in mind, you lose yourself in the best way. If you go with the flow on semester at sea, you will absolutely love this trip.
So far my favorite places have been Germany, Belgium and Ireland. I wish I had more time in Portugal because I think it would have easily become one of my favorites. I like to think of semester at sea as trying out different countries to see which ones I'm going to come back to in the future.
Two quotes for you (I'm big on quotes) -
"Don't always look at your feet or you may never know where they will take you"
"I go to seek a Great Perhaps"
A few things I've learned so far: get lost - it's fun :), most strangers are friendly and will help you, you just have to ask, Be respectful of people's cultures.
More go come! On to Morocco I go!