I have to write in my journal every day now, and on the days that we’re on the boat not doing much, I write more about our life on the ship. I’ll show you a few of my journal entries so you can get a sense of my shipboard life…
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2016
DAY 40 — SAN DIEGO -> ENSENADA
It’s 6:20, and I’m not quite sure why we have to wake up. Our bus arrives at 7:00, and I think we can get dressed, go to the Starbucks, and get to the get-on-the-bus spot by 6:45. Waking up early is NOT my idea of a good day.
There are a lot of college students on the bus, and I sat next to one. Her name was Megan. I introduced myself and we made a game of trying to translate all of the billboards next to the road as we drove from San Diego, through the rain, to Ensenada where we will board the ship.
After what seemed like a long bus ride, we got to the harbor where the boat was, went through security, and got on. Everything about it was great. The rooms were large, the food was good, they even had a pool, a gym, and a room with tons of games. It was super awesome. Except for one thing. The boat was manufactured in Germany, so all the words and paintings and all that stuff was German. Even the electrical plugs were European!!
By 5:00, the boat was sailing. I’ve been waiting to get the journey around the world started, and at the blow of the horn, we had started a 7 or 8 month long journey around the world.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016
DAY 41 — THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC
I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HOPE I DON’T BARF.
I am wearing all my anti-seasickness stuff, and nothing seems to cure my nauseousness. I seriously thought I would barf after breakfast, and wasn’t feeling much better after lunch, so most of the day I just stayed in bed reading, because apparently laying flat helps with seasickness.
The ship is very rocky, and walking just isn’t the same, you bang against the walls if you aren’t careful, and the stairs are even more dangerous!
There isn’t much to say about what I did so I’m ending my entry here. I mostly just stayed in the room all day.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2016
DAY 42 — THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC
As you can probably see, I now have to write in my journal everyday, and I’m supposed to read this in like 10 years when I’m in college and say “Hey. It’s good to read about that awesome big trip that I went on 10 years ago and was totally worth writing in my journal.”. Well, hello future self. I don’t really like writing in my journal, and if you think that it’s worth it, well, it better be really, really good.
Refer to day 41 for journal entry of day 42.
“Alexander, you can’t say refer to day 41 for journal entry of day 42. That is cheating,” dad says
“Ugh” I say
Today, is like the last free day on the boat where nobody has to do schoolwork because people are still exploring. Food was basically the same. The only difference?? We get to go to a million Life Long Learner presentations. And I still feel horrible.
Tomorrow? Another day at sea. The only difference? Homeschooling.
“Do I still have to write a day 43????”
“Yup! You already know that I’m the meanest dad on earth.”
“Do I get credit for trying???”
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016
DAY 43 — THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC
Well, here I am, writing in my journal again. Boring journal.
Sometimes, I’m an optimist, and sometimes I’m a pessimist. Right now I’m a pessimist because I have to write in my journal which gets me into a bad mood. I would definitely prefer to be an optimist, so I’m going to try to make everything in this journal entry funny so I can laugh at my own jokes and become an optimist. I REALLY, REALLY hope it works.
Today’s topic is about me in 10 years. I will be reading this journal entry (hi future self) in 10 years and I will say, “Wow. I was really bad at writing 10 years ago. Jeez. What an improvement I’ve made of myself!!”
Yesterday, my dad decided to come over to me and see how my journal writing was going. I showed him day 42 and asked him if it was good, and I was pretty sure I was going to get a 10 for comedy and a 0 for insightfulness. But what he said made my life like… WAY, WAY EASIER!!! He said that all my journal entries didn’t actually need to be insightful. Ahhhhhh. That is music to my ears, and I’ll be remembering that.
Oh, and one more thing other than homeschooling took place today. I made some new friends and all that kind of stuff, but that’s not the important thing. My first game of ping-pong on the boat took place today. Thus (my new favorite word) starts all the practice for world domination… at ping-pong. Why? Because it’s one of the only things that you can do when you’re trapped on a boat for four months, so yeah. World domination at ping-pong.
In fact, I recall checking our blog one day and I remember somebody commenting “Don’t get too good at ping-pong!”.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016
DAY 44 — THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC
I really hope there isn’t a disease called 2muchritinginurjurnalitis, because if there is, I’m in a lot of trouble.
I was just told today– our third day at sea– that I was going to have to post a BLOG POST for the seven days that we’ll be at sea, and to save me the trouble I’m just going to post a couple of my journal entries from this week.
Here it goes……………
Math homeschooling is totally bland. I have to watch Khan Academy videos and do these time consuming problems like this… 2.37(24.2x + -2847/3) * 5.2x = 357.2x – -24.1/3.5x and that kind of stuff, and then the worst part is the innocent little… little, um… THING at the bottom that looks like this: x = ___ and I have to answer what I think x equals. In the comments please, somebody do this question for me and time yourself, but don’t type in the answer in the comments. (I completely made this problem up and there might not even be an answer, but I’m SO NOT DOING THE MATH!!!) After you’ve done the math, check your timer and multiply the number of seconds by 11. I have to get 10 of these problems correct to finish one lesson (11 assuming I get one wrong). Post that number in the comments section, and let’s see how long it took me to finish just ONE lesson.
Then there’s the reading. All the adults tell me that my list of books is a great mix of classics and more modern books that are really, really good. But I showed a kid my list, and he asked me “You have to read that???!!!”. All the classics, (a.k.a. a couple million Jules Verne books and a couple other *famous authors*) a bunch of books that I’m missing at SCDS, and one of my choices every 5-6 books.
Sometimes on the ship we have to go to these presentations, and there have been some off-the-wall presentations. Yesterday, we went to a presentation of a professor that wanted to get some of the passengers singing sea shanties on the boat, but I don’t think anybody has sung any of the songs since, or I would probably know… it’s a small ship.
Thus ends part of my blog post/journal entry. Bye!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2016
DAY 45 — THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC… STILL…
Well, our day started off fine. We thought the Seahawks game was at 12:00, but it was actually at 8:00. And I’m kind of happy that we didn’t know the correct time of the game, because we should have lost, but luck just seemed to be on our side.
So, once again, I have to make this journal entry WAY more like a blog post.
The food seems the same every day. For breakfast: eggs, a type of meat, fruit, and either pancakes or French toast. For lunch: Vegetables, a type of deli sandwich, some fish, and meat. For dinner: vegetables, pasta, a type of fish, and a type of meat.
I’ve pretty much gotten over all the nausea and luckily I didn’t barf this whole time.
There are about 25 other kids on the boat plus hundreds of college students, so boredom is never really a problem. You can often find other kids at the ping pong table or the giant chess set. I’ve already played more than 10 games of chess because there’s almost always people there either playing, watching, or waiting in line to play the next game.
One of our favorite things to do as a family at night is watching the sunset. Most nights we go to the bow of the boat and watch the sun drop down to the horizon.
I expect that I’ll feel a little homesick in a month, so I hope that doesn’t mean I’ll be homesick for the next 6 months, and even though we are going to see all these exotic places, I don’t think that it’ll make me feel much better.
So… that’s basically the life on the boat.
“Can I be done now?”
“Did you do EVERYTHING that you needed to do?”
“I think so.”
“Okay, yes, you can be done.”