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A Life Changing Voyage

Jun 25, 2009

Location: English Harbour, Antigua
Author: John Barcel
Day ten aboard Ocean Star began with breakfast and a 6:30 AM hike to Shirley Heights, which gave an excellent view of both English Harbor and Falmouth Harbor. This spot was also a great way to see mile upon mile of open ocean. This was followed by PADI quizzes for the open water divers, and knowledge reviews for the rescue divers. After lunch we were given ample shore time to do some wash and buy souvenirs for friends and family back home. This was followed by passage prep since we will be leaving for St. Barth’s at 5:00 AM tomorrow. After dinner we will also have an MTE class with the Skipper. It was actually an uneventful day aboard Ocean Star, with some time to lounge around. This is pretty funny to say considering that before this trip many of us would consider today a very busy day. We are officially half way through our twenty day voyage. For me this is a sad thing to say. This has been an absolutely amazing adventure so far and it is something that will be hard for me to leave behind. The only thing that is pulling me back home are the family and friends that I left behind. I told myself before this trip that I would totally engross myself into life onboard a ship. I did just that and I have learned a lot. I have learned much about diving and handling Ocean Star, but most of all I have learned about myself. I now realize that I have a deep passion for being on and under the sea. This trip may have changed my career goals and what I wish to do with the rest of my life. If there are any prospective students out there that read this blog, and are considering a Seamester voyage, definitely make it happen for yourself. In the end you will definitely thank yourself for doing so. Farewell to all until next time.