Thursday, September 21, 2006
Saturday was our day off. A group of us went to this Thai culture/elephant show/garden place. For 50 baht (like less than $1.50), you can get your picture taken with an elephant! So we all decided to do it. Some people stood next to the elephant, or sat on top of a baby one. But the elephant I chose is trained to pick people up in its trunk and hold them in its mouth! So I have now been in an elephant's mouth. It was one of the most unusual experiences of my life.
Other than that, I've been learning to fight fires, first aid, life boats, life rafts, all kinds of things seafarers need to know. I've had 3 of the 5 tests, and made 100's on all of them. As long as I pass the other two, I will be a certified seafarer, which basically means that as long as I stay in the port cities, I won't need a visa, and I won't get a stamp in my passport. I can pay $$ and get a stamp in my passport, but that would be silly. I've also learned lots of vocabulary, like fo'c'sle, coxswain, and quayside.
Oh and, I had a dream about Mama's sweet tea.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Thursday, September 7, 2006
I never know when you say Holland and when you say The Netherlands...
A couple of friends and I took a long walk the other day. We intended to go to the nearest town, but went the wrong direction. We realized it early on but decided to keep walking and see what we could see. All we found was the highway, so we turned back. When we found the right direction it was too late to go all the way to town, so we just went to this tiny little community that's about 2 or 3 kilometers away (so we've been told). I don't really know how far it was. But anyway. Up till then, it seemed that I could still be in Texas, not TX in September, but the farmland was quite familiar. When we got to the village, we could tell that we really were in Holland, for real. There is a real Dutch windmill there. It was amazing!
Saturday, September 2, 2006
The Netherlands is green, wet, and cool. It's a nice change from hot, dry Texas. But soon I will be somewhere that is probably still green and wet, but not cool at all...
Yesterday was the most intense day of training. It was a simulation of trying to enter a restricted country. The country was made up, but it was modeled after real life. Even though I knew it was fake, it was kind of like the Matrix. "Your mind makes it real." It was terrifying, really. I have no plans to go to a restricted country, so I was not at all prepared for the interrogations and such that we faced. But it was good to have gone through that experience.
OK. Almost out of internet time. So I'll leave you with one more closing thought, which some of you may not get....
After my shower the other day, I wanted to see how much time I had left before I had to be somewhere and I asked myself "What time is it?" Immediately, the next thought in my head was "Are you cookin beans?"