Hello Everyone! Well once again it has been a really long time since I wrote my blog…and I think I have come to realize the I’m just not one of those people who is a good regular blogger. Maybe it’s that I try to put too much detail into my posts…then they become too long, and then I can never finish…or even start them!
However I did not want to leave this blog incomplete….and unfinished so I decided to do one last post….
So here is the short version of whats going on with me now….as I wrote in my backlogged entry I started my third contract on the Norwegian Sky(one of the smallest ships in the fleet) …but then got transferred to the Norwegian Epic (the LARGEST ship in the fleet!) Even better than being on the newest and largest ship (and getting my own cabin…albeit it small) was that I got to sail the Mediterranean….with cruises starting out from Barcelona…and ports in Livorno(Pisa and florence), Rome, and Naples (Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri)…also Palma Spain (which is one of the most beautiful islands that I have EVER seen). Also I got a chance to stop in Marseilles France and Arroz Portugal as we were doing the Atlantic crossing!
Also, my social life on the Epic was much more exciting than on any other ship. I actually kind of had a little thing with a guy there….and though it did not work…it was somewhat nice at the time.
I visited sooooo many AMAZING places….in Pisa Italy of course the leaning tower of Pisa…in Florence, Michelangelo’s David, well in Rome ROME!…I mean everything in Rome is beautiful…old…elaborate, and historical! Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii, Naples Italy, Sorrento, Capri (the Isle of Romance…to bad I did not have any at the time) The Amalfi Cost, Barcelona Spain, Tuscany…with all of the gorgeous sunflowers and rolling hills, and the amazingly beautiful Palma Spain! I could not believe that after waiting all that time…and working on five ships…I had finally made it to Europe to see some of the most charming places I have ever had the privilege of beholding!
However, as exciting and beautiful as my time in Europe was….I was not really enjoying the job on the ship anymore. Honestly I don’t know if I ever REALLY loved being a youth counselor…not that the job is bad…it’s just as a person with an education background…and being a teacher at heart…I really wanted to do more with the kids…and the programs that we offered…were basically lots of games for the older kids, and coloring, and hunts, ect for the younger kids….after a while it gets redundant.
Plus on a ship the size of the Epic…with lots of YC’s (I think in high season we had over 20)…there was always drama and conflict …so I was tired of being in that too. Then there was ship life itself…though I loved being out in ports…I was always sad when it was time to head back to the ship and to work after a busy and sometimes exhausting day of roaming the streets of Europe. I just wanted to have time to decompress…reflect…relax…and I did not have that.
Given all these reasons and probably more….I decided in March …before I began my third contract to do something that I had been dreaming about for years. I went on an interview to teach overseas, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates! The interview was in Chicago …and I heard back within a few days that I had the job if I wanted it. I was so excited…because for over 7 years…I had been wanting to actually MOVE to a totally different continent, and experience what it would be like to teach children who were actually residents of that country (so no American School in a foreign country or anything like that).
Therefore…I knew that my time on the Epic…would be my last time on a ship( at least full time)…because I would need to come back home and prepare for my teaching job in the UAE. So on July 3rd I flew back from Barcelona Spain to Nashville (on my own dime at that because I ended up shortening my contract)…and started my preparation for the biggest move of my life!
I am grateful for the experiences and the relationships my time on the ship brought, I wished that I was able to chronicle it in a better, and more detailed way…but I hope this blog has been helpful to someone. I will keep it open for anyone who still finds my posts useful…and I may (I’m not 100% sure) start a blog about my time here in the UAE. If I do…I will certainly post the webpage here…so those of you who are interest can follow my journey half way across the world to the intriguing world of the United Arab Emirates.
Thanks to every reader for coming along on the journey…it has certainly been an interesting on to say the least…and I have been happy to share it with you!