Ship Thoughts & Activities

Sooo… I didn’t talk about Desmond Tutu in my South Africa blog, but the last day in port there he came aboard the ship and spoke to our community. His take home message was “you are all unique.” Even if we don’t have big dreams or aren’t doing big things right now, we are making a difference in the way God wants us to. He is a wonderful man and excellent role model for the world. His spirit is like a little kid, but his maturity is that of the older, wise man he is. I was touched by his speech. We don’t hear this message often in today’s society; we are driven to achieve as much as possible in the shortest amount of time, and that isn’t always what is needed in life. Acceptance of where you are at and how you are making a difference now is truly what matters.

Second, the ship puts on a wonderful day of “Sea Olympics” in which each deck/section of the ship is a different “sea.” We compete together against the other seas in athletic, intellectual, and creative activities for the choice to get off the ship first or last in Ft. Lauderdale. Although my sea (the Red Sea) did not win, it was really fun, and we didn’t finish last! Ending up in 5th place, we put up a fight, and took home most of the golds for the athletic events. The intellectual events… I guess we need work in that category. I participated in Ships and Sailors, which is similar to Simon Says, but incorporating the game Clump as well. It was really fun! Our sea ended up getting 3rd in that event. I also competed in cup stacking, and I was pumped days before for this event! In middle school, we had a couple weeks of gym class that focused on cup stacking. Participating in this challenge brought me back to my younger days. I was still surprisingly good at it, and we ended up taking 2nd place! I didn’t have my camera on me for this event, so I didn’t get any good pictures, but I am sure I can get some pictures from those who were photographers/cheerleaders the whole day.

The MV Explorer

The MV Explorer

We have been gaining hours back, crossing the Atlantic, and so far smooth sailing (crossing my fingers!) Tonight is the talent show; my group was accepted to perform, but we backed out due to the lack of interest. It was my group I went to Ghana with. We were drumming and dancing the traditional way Senase villagers did in the past. Members were nervous to perform in front of everyone, thinking we looked silly; others were too busy with school to devote time into practicing for it. So, we decided that getting accepted by the committee and performing in front of them was good enough. Oh well, now I can appreciate the show and not be nervous about our upcoming performance.

Lastly, I wanted to share the top ten foods I have been missing since being on this voyage. Here they are:

1.) A big, cheesy, greasy, pizza full of all the toppings I can get
2.) My mother’s homemade applesauce (especially the red-hot kind)
3.) TUNA (in a can)
4.) Cottage cheese
5.) Strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, any fresh fruit to put onto salads
6.) Apple crisp/pie and pumpkin pie
7.) Avocado
8.) Pulled pork sandwich
9.) Venison
10.) Chili/ringed bologna/taco ring/casserole/lasagna

Honorable Mention: Shamrock Shake, chocolate malt, deli sandwiches, cranberry sauce, and anything to do with thanksgiving.

But I am enjoying the creativity needed to keep my taste buds happy! It also makes in port foods that much more delicious!!

Until next time,

Kait[lyn] Squanda

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About Kait Squanda

Semester at Sea is a study abroad program sponsored by University of Virginia. It is a cruise liner made specifically for college students, professors, hall directors, and lifelong learners to experience a hands-on learning atmosphere around the world. My voyage will be traveling to 15 countries: Russia, Germany, Belgium, France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba. WIth some stops before-hand, it is bound to be a trip of a lifetime!

3 thoughts on “Ship Thoughts & Activities

  1. Hope crossing the Atlantic isn’t as rough for you as it was for my voyage crossing the Pacific.

    And good luck putting up with the food for the rest of the voyage! You still have over a month to go! ;)

  2. I’m waiting for you to get home to get more venison! I do believe venison should be #1! What about Hooter’s Daytona wings as #2?

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