We haven't written in a few days because of the internet situation and the fact that we have been super busy with the start of classes. On the ship we have "A" days and "B" days, and now we have completed a cycle of both days. We have taught one session of each of our courses and now the students have a chance to drop/add.
We had some pretty rough seas after we left Halifax, but now we are almost half way to Spain and we are ahead of the storm so things are looking up. Today we had very calm seas and also it feels better because we are traveling at the regular 14 knots instead of the "beat the hurricane speed" of 21 knots. Hopefully there will not be as many people using the sea sickness bags now.
Almost every day we see Archbishop Desmond Tutu (who we call "Arch") at one of our meals. The students are in awe of him and after they walk away from having a conversation with him they look so excited. One of the guys said to me "Yep, just talking to Archbishop Desmond Tutu...like you do."
As we near Spain we are beginning a series of lectures in the evening called "Explorer Seminars;" they are optional for the students, faculty and staff. We attended tonight's lecture given by Dean David Gies who just happens to be a Spanish Knight... I mean seriously... who are these people? His lecture was incredible: he told us about different influences in Spanish architecture and mentioned places and sites to see while we are there. One of the things he recommended was visiting Seville, Córdoba and Granada...well that is our first overnight trip and we are so excited!
We are also heading up the "Cabaret" club with one other faculty member. We have about 60 or so people signed up so we are holding auditions Wednesday and Thursday...what day is it anyway?
-Several times a day we receive announcements from a ship intercom system so there is no excuse for not attending a meeting, etc.
-The faculty lounge is on the 7th deck and allows no students or children. It is a great place to work on your courses
-Nancy is drawing everyday for 15 minutes for her Intro to Drawing class