Anchors Aweigh: ‘Suite Life’ on ship
There are a few things I’ve learned so far on my trip. I’m on a ship, not a boat. Ships carry boats, which is what makes the distinction. Second, I’m on a voyage of discovery, not a cruise. Today is the second day out at sea. My favorite part so far is the rocking of the ship. I stumble everywhere but it feels like a giant cradle. Many students are already seasick, and we were told we’re at a 1.5 out of 10 of the rocking.
Leaving behind so many friends is tough, especially when embarking on a semester abroad where you won’t know anyone. The day before we left I decided to do a little exploring of London on my own. The most exciting part of the day was seeing someone walk by the metro wearing a Towson University T-shirt. I couldn’t help but point at him through the window and say, “Me too!”
It was very comforting to know that while I don’t know anyone yet, I have a fellow Tiger in the program with me. Of course, making friends comes quick when no one really knows anyone.
The girl who sat with me on the bus to the ship became a fast friend. We explored our new home and had lunch making many more friends along the way.
They say the people you meet is what you remember the most about traveling, and so far I’ve definitely found that to hold true. The most interesting person I’ve met so far is a boy from Cairo, Egypt. I had so many questions about the conflict in his country that I stayed up much later than planned.
I’ll be arriving in our first port in three days, St. Petersburg, Russia. For my psychology class, I’ll have my first class field trip to the university where Ivan Pavlov studied. I’m most looking forward to learning about students in Russia, and I’m sure I’ll be meeting many more interesting people.