Back on the Atlantic

Well, Brazil was an ok port. Yeah, it was just ok. I didn’t go on any of the big trips to the Amazon or Rio so I just stayed in Salvador for the most part. I went to Praia do Forte to check out the sea turtle project where they are trying to increase the population of the turtles. I also went to the Afro-Brazilian Museum in Salvador – everything was in Portugese and no one spoke English, which made for an interesting time. I went on a ship-sponsored trip to see a performance of traditional Brazilian religious dances. It was pretty cool with almost constant drumming for about an hour, good food, and a form of martial arts/dance called capoeira. I only watched the show and they wore me out from all the energy they expended. I went shopping one evening and that was pretty much it. At this point in the trip, like I said before, I’m ready to be done. I wasn’t too impressed with Brazil. The old section of the city was quite beautiful but there wasn’t much that really excited me or made me want to come back. It’s sad to say but it was just another port. Overall, I think most of the rest of the ship had an amazing time but for me it just wasn’t as great as it could’ve been. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds though. I don’t regret being there. I also don’t feel like I missed out on much by staying on the ship for a couple of days. My roommates were gone for 2 nights and I had the room to myself for once. I watched a few movies, got some work done at a casual pace, and I was able to recover somewhat from the past week straight of work. Now the fun begins. We have 10 days until Cuba and in that time we have our last few days of class, Thanksgiving, and finals. It will be a lot of work but it will be done before we know it. And to think, Thanksgiving is in a couple of days. It’s my first Thanksgiving away from home and it’s going to be served buffet style in the dining hall. How wierd is that?!? It will certainly be an experience though. I’ll be with some good friends and dining somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean. How many people can say that? (Well, other than the 950 or so other people on the ship with me!) It will be fun.

Well, this will be my last Voyage Log until after I get home. With everything that will be happening in the next 2 weeks – finals, Cuba, packing, driving home – I won’t get the chance to write again. But do not fret! I will post all of my pictures and thoughts on Cuba and the trip as a whole before Christmas. I will be home around the 12th of December if anyone wants to email me again or anything. I will be thinking of you all as I make my way northward and I can’t wait to see you all again upon my return. Best of luck to all of you with finals and papers and I wish you all Happy Holidays, safe travels, and I send my love and thanks for all of the support and love you’ve shown me as I’ve been on this amazing journey! Take Care! and God Bless! Until I return…

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