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Just like driving at night

In Cruise, travelling on December 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I was just up on the bridge to drop something off for the captain, and it was the first time that I’ve been on the bridge at night time. It’s SO AMAZING up there at night. I know I’ve said that the bridge is amazing plenty of times, but there’s a completely different feeling up there at  night. First of all, the lights are all off. Which at first took me by surprise, but then the 1st officer made a very valid point….’when you drive a car at night do you turn on the interior lights?’….of course I don’t, because that would be crazy. Apparently the same rule goes when you’re steering a ship. So it’s quiet and dark and the ocean just stretches out forever. As it does in the daytime, but at night it’s darker and more mysterious. On the right side of the bridge they have set up a little Christmas tree with presents under it and some tinsel as well, so the tree lights create a comforting Christmassy glow in that little corner. Miles and miles away you are able to see other cruise ships, some large, some small, all lit up. With the navigational equipment, the bridge officers are able to tell you what ship you are passing and other information about each ship. Tonight we saw a Royal Caribbean ship and the officers informed me that in a few short hours we would pass our sister ship, the Carnival Freedom. One of my very good friends from GSA College is on the Freedom, and somehow I feel comforted just knowing that our ships are passing in the night. After leaving the office I think I will go out on deck 4 forward and watch the freedom pass us.

Bacab Eco Park Kayak

In Carnival Cruise Line, Cruise, friends, fun, travel, traveling, travelling on December 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

Wow it’s been SO long!! I’m so sorry, I’ve been so distracted with my parents visiting and work and all that. No excuse, I know, but I knew I’d be back eventually. HERE I AM!!! So many things to talk about!! First of all, I’m so so happy to have been lucky enough to have my parents on board with me. It was truly amazing!! Not only did I get to see my wonderful parents, but I also got to experience life as a guest, and they got to see the world that I’m living in!! So we did all kinds of fun things while they were here. One of those things was a wonderful visit to the bridge. I love the bridge, it’s so peaceful (most of the time) and i love being able to see that much ocean at once. So I got permission from the captain to bring my parents up for a visit!! Another wonderful thing we did was go on a kayaking adventure through the Belizian rainforest at Bacab Eco Park. First of all, the tour guides were amazing!!! They were so knowledgeable and fun. They really took care of everyone on the tour. We had a blast!!

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Beautiful views!!

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And she’s off

In Cruise, Florida, travel, travelling, Uncategorized, US, work on April 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

It’s an exciting day for my friend Andrea! She’s the friend who also got a position with Carnival Cruise Lines, but she’s starting her contract this month! So, she’s flying out today to Orlando for training and then she’ll be on-board a ship soon. We plan on skyping every week so I’ll get all the details of the cruising life before I even leave home! I will most certainly be updating you all on her adventures as I hear about them!!

Decisions, Decisions

In Cruise, Florida, racing, travel, travelling on March 21, 2012 at 2:19 am

Well hello there! Hopefully everyone has been carefully re-directed from my old blog to this happy new blog without too much difficulty! Welcome to the new space, I hope you like it here as much as I do!

Switching my blog over to wordpress is just one of the bog decisions I made this week. The other major one involves my Carnival job. I recieved an email that had all my start date options and I just needed to pick one. Now I am a list writer, so when it comes down to tough decisions, I usually make a pro and con list. Or several of them, depending on the situation. I weighed all my options carefully and decided to take the september start date for Carnival. I could have started as early as may, however, after lots of soul searching I realized that I really want to be home for the summer. My sister is getting married in August and I couldn’t bear the thought of not being here to help her prepare and plan for the big day. I also have a passion for triathlon and horseback riding and would really like to get to compete this summer. So keeping all of those things in mind, I decided to stay home for the summer and I couldn’t be happier about it. Everything will still continue as planned except that I will get to do everything that I want to!! I’m very happy!!

Peggy’s Cove

In camping, lobster, nova scotia, peggy's cove, travelling on August 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm
So yesterday we parted ways from the lovely companionship of Chelsea and David and met up with my friend Mat. He’s from New Brunswick so he came to meet us in Halifax! We went to Peggy’s Cove, which is gorgeous and in fact I believe it is the most photographed place in North America!! It’s absolutely stunning!! I loved it. Ive never been to the east coast of Canada and I’m so happy we came. We decided to camp at a site near the cove. We went to the store and Derrek decided he wanted to cook up some Nova Scotia lobster. So he tried to buy a pot, but they were really expensive. So he found a tin flower vase at winners and got that. And we managed to cook lobster in the vase over a campfire. It was pretty epic! The sunset was gorgeous and we had a really great evening by the fire. Today we are headed off to New Brunswick and are camping somewhere there!! I love the gypsy life!! I could get
used to this!!
  Sunsetz

Living the dream

In canada, halifax, travelling on August 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Not that I needed a new definition of friendship, but I have found new depths!! Every step so far on this journey that I have met up with old friends, and every stop feels like I never want to leave! I think that’s a true friend, one that you never want to leave. We are in Halifax with Chelsea and David and I could just stay here with them forever. As I could have stayed with Katie forever. I think that all we can hope for in life is to have friends that are so close that you never want to leave!! A friend from New Brunswick is on the way to come get us!! The adventure continues!!

All I want to do is travel the world until I’ve seen everything!!
Best friends!!

 

David and Chelsea have the best dogs ever. Derrek has a new best friend

 

Magpie!!

 

Caves!!

In bermuda, caves, swimming, travelling on August 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm
We had SO much fun today!! We took off on scooters across the island to explore some caves! There’s several different cave systems in Bermuda and one of them is touristy and they run tours through it and it costs money, and the other one is not well known and free and you can swim in the water in it!! In the caves you pay for, you don’t get to swim, you just walk through them. So we explored some caves. They were pretty amazing. And a little creepy. I definitely felt as though we were in the beginning of a horror movie a few times. Im in love with bermuda. It’s so lovely here. I never want to leave!! I’m still not used to driving on the opposite side of the road, and the scooters make things much more interesting!!   
I also forgot to mention that we had a lovely lovely breakfast with the crew before the other two had to leave (by the way, their plane got struck by lightning and they got stuck in Bermuda, something we are hoping doesn’t happen to us!!) and this was our lovely breakfast dining room!!! Pretty!!

Island Time

In bermuda, travelling on August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Last night we had a phenomenal dinner at the fairmont, it was amazing!! I took some stunning
photos of the property. We had a gorgeous table on the patio! The sunset was unbelievable!! Day one in Bermuda was amazing!! There’s this thing called the ‘Non-mariners Race’ and people build boat like floatation devices and see who’s boat goes the furthest with the most people still on it! And the rule is if you fall off you aren’t allowed to get back on so competitors will jump to other people’s boats and try to push them off and stuff. We didn’t actually see the race but it sounded really cool. We got some inflatable boats and chairs and stuff and tied them all together and floated around in the cove. It’s really cool because there’s like 150 or more boats in the cove, all there to float around and watch the race. People tie their boats together and go onto other peoples boats, or will jump off their boats and swim to other people’s boats. It’s pretty neat. So we spent the day pirating around the water, we visited other people’s boats, and then we found our own private island!! We explored the island, had some nap time in the sun, and were beach bums in the Bermuda triangle all day long!! It was just lovely!! Tomorrow we get to go see some caves!! Exciting!!  

Bermuda!!

In adventure, beach, bermuda, travelling on July 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm
So Derrek and I made it to Bermuda safe and sound! We landed last night around 8:30 and got a cab with a fabulous driver in a giant taxi van who drive fast around tiny roads with hairpin turns!! And on the opposite side of the road from what we’re used to! We got to my friend Katie’s house and there was a lovely little note waiting for us as she was still at work. Shes been working at the Fairmont here and living in the staff housing so as you can imagine I was very interested in seeing both the housing and the hotel!! The housing is fabulous!! Small but adorable and she lives by herself which is more than I can say for all staff housing I’ve lived in! So we walked down to the Swizzle Inn by her place and had some dinner and that’s where she met us! Katie is one of those amazing friends that no matter how long you haven’t seen eachother, it still feels like you’ve been together the whole time! So we had a great time catching up! Then this morning I went with her to work and took her scooter back with me. First of all, scootering takes a bit of getting used to! Second of all driving on the other side of the street takes some getting used to!!! But I managed, I did scrape my toe, but other than that I survived!! And Derrek was a fabulous passenger!! Katie has so many exciting things planned for us!! Tonight we’re going for dinner at the Fairmont because she gets 50% off! Then tomorrow we go on a boat to explore!!! I’m excited. We want to find the lost city of Atlantis, which we feel certain is located in the Bermuda triangle somewhere. More later!! And photos too!!  

The Final Week

In Disney College Program, packing, travelling on July 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I’m sitting on my bed in my room, surrounded by the last few boxes that I need to ship and I can’t believe it’s almost over. I have 3 shifts left and 4 days here in Orlando before I say goodbye. I’m excited for what’s to come but I’m so sad to leave. I really love it here. I’ve been so caught up in saying goodbye and getting organized that I haven’t had too much time to be sad, but now, alone with my thoughts and Lind’s and my quickly emptying room, I’m sad. So I’m giving myself some time to mourn right now, pout pout pout. Le sigh. And that’s enough of that!!

So naturally, me being me, I’ve been scouring the web for all information I can find on Disneyland Paris because I want to be prepared and have an idea of all the places I could be possibly working. So far, I have to say that the Paris park, first of all, is STUNNING and I want to live in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Secondly, I want to work in the Red Garter Saloon in Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne. It’s so cool looking. I’m looking at all the food and beverage establishments since that’s the department I’ll be working in!! I’m getting irrationally excited.