And the Tides Change

Ships sometimes although wonderful are like high school. If you hangout with somebody more than once everybody knows, if you invite someone to go to dinner, you are official, but most of all according to everyone you have more boyfriends than you ever thought possible in the span of two months. Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast

Fairy tales have been a part of my life as long as I can remember, but I only ever felt a connection to Belle because she liked to read books like me. Yesterday, I found myself in France, not particularly in the city where her story takes place, but one in which mine was coming to an end, Cherbourg. On ships, the routine is the law of the land, but once in a blue moon you find a person who is willing to walk away from it to share time with you. Julian left the ship this morning in between tears and goodbyes clutching a letter that I wrote in his hand, just hours before, however, he was smiling and holding my hand on the way to a surprise picnic he had planned for us in France. Continue reading

On My Birthday

A year more than 22, A year less than 24, one more year of adventure, and A year less to explore. Having your birthday is like coming to an end and starting a new beginning. Having simultaneously a year more and a year less. How interesting is that? If you are home, you go out with friends, you spend time with your family and you receive gifts that you may never use but on-board ship, however, you are lucky if anyone knows it is your special day. Continue reading

From Yin to Jan

Ship life comes and goes but so do the people in this space. However, here you may finally understand that special moments are found in many unforeseen places or with people that you otherwise would have never met. On-board a ship is where you will have conversations that will probably never happen again, but that will leave memories that play on forever. Continue reading