final sunset on our voyage, just before departure
from Victoria, British Columbia.
from a journal entry dated May 2, 2003
been thinking about how my experiences on SAS will affect my life.
I think that the effect will be subtle.
I have lived abroad before, and I don’t think that the
impact this time will be as dramatic.
But I do think that it has helped me to gain perspective on
Whenever I face a problem in the years to come, I am going to
try to remember the deprivations of the poor in India.
I think that whatever problems I face will pale in
I hope I never forget this lesson.
from a journal entry dated May 6, 2003
will be my last entry in this journal.
This morning I disembarked from the SS Universe Explorer.
was both happy and sad.
I was happy to get home and see Beth after so much time away.
But I was also sad that I would be leaving behind the
community that had been my home for the past four months.
This community has ceased to exist, except in the memories of
those who lived there
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An exciting true story
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in Las Vegas.
many things to remember!
Some of the more unpleasant things were the hectic schedule,
the bad food, and how difficult it was to work out in a cramped gym
on a rocking ship.
I will certainly remember the seasickness and exhaustion.
also have lots of pleasant memories.
I remember listening to the creaking of the ship each night
as I lay in my bed, thinking to myself about the fish and whales
swimming below me.
I also remember the camaraderie of the members of my
community as we surmounted countless obstacles over the course of a
I will miss this greatly.