The past few days before our awesome adventure have been filled with running errands, visiting with family and friends, shopping and packing. While Paul can’t stay awake from the exhaustion of it all, I couldn’t be more excited. We leave in less than 6 hours for Nassau, Bahamas where we will meet up with our colleagues for the summer and board The Explorer. For the next two months we will be staff members with Semester at Sea. Try to imagine a floating college campus or essentially a cruise ship with ~700 college students, classrooms, a student union, bookstore, computer labs, etc. We will cross the Atlantic Ocean and then make stops at countries throughout the Mediterranean. Oh, the places we’ll go—Morocco, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria and Turkey.
As a fun way to learn about our destinations, here’s some Mediterranean trivia that really stumped the guests at the fabulous bon voyage my colleagues threw for me:
1). ________boasts the oldest human settlement (7500 BC).
2). Each year the number of tourists who visit this country is larger than its entire population.
3). In theory nudity is legal anywhere in ________.
4). The national cuisine of __________ is couscous.
5). The White House was built out of stone from this country.