The MV Explorer (a proud ship, not a boat) leaves from Puntarenas, Costa Rica on Monday for the 2012 Short-Term voyage of Semester at Sea. Zac Brown always gets me up for the journey: “Don’t grab your coat. You won’t need it where we are going…You got worries you can drop them in the big ocean.”
I sometimes physically ache for the sea from my otherwise perfect home in Denver. I have a fabulous, small balcony on the ship where I marvel at the myriad colors and surfaces of the water, watch funny little flying fish jump away from the wake, contemplate the line where the sky meets the ocean and feel very small but enormously grateful.
The voyage will take us to Peru, Ecuador, Panama, the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, Belize and then home to Ft. Lauderdale on June 15 – old favorites (I lived one winter in Belize and fell head over heels for this amazing country) and intriguing new ports of call. I will be studying “The Social Roots of Health and Disease” with a brilliant woman who helped write the UN Millineum Development Goals and has worked for my all-time favorite global NGO, Partners in Health.
I will be posting on my travel blog so here’s the link and an old but timeless piece that fits well today: http://marsea05.blogspot.com/2010/08/thrill-of-transition.html. See you back here in late June.