Great day today! We have to say first that it is so fun to read your comments. It is difficult to respond because of the internet issue, and I think it will be more difficult when the students board tomorrow. But we love to hear from you.
We are docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We got here about 7:30 this morning and it was so foggy we couldn't see anything. When Geno looked out the window he saw a tug boat coming straight toward us and assumed we were here. The other indication was that the boat was no longer rocking. We had meetings until 12:00pm and then we were free to go out and explore.
Geno and I met John (my brother), his wife Rachel and her sister Megan for a tour of a local brewery called Alexander Keith's. The actors they had giving the tour were VERY theatrical. John kept making me laugh while they were talking to us.
Then we split up and Geno and I went to an art supply store. I have decided I am going to take Drawing 101 and so we went to buy all the materials required for the class. This should be a challenge for me, but hey... why not right?
Tonight, there was a parent welcome reception (no students allowed) on the ship. John, Rachel and Megan came aboard and got a tour of the ship and met some of our fellow faculty. The food was really nice and the parents seemed so excited to see where their children would be spending the next 100 or so days. After the reception we had dinner with the West family at a place called "Economy Shoe Shop." It was a pub environment but with nicer food. The Stella Artois girls were there instructing the patrons on the perfect 9 step pour, so a few of us participated in the festivities. Now we are back on board the ship to sleep, sleep, sleep. The students begin boarding tomorrow morning at 8am. It will be harder for me to post when they get on because of the limited internet access but we will as often as we can. Spain, here we come!
-Halifax has a population of 375,000
-It is the second largest natural harbor in the world
-A local treat is called a "Beaver Tail" - it is like a funnel cake, or fried dough