Location: Pattaya, Thailand

As the crew of Argo, Spring 09 has come to learn. I often will have a song in my head for the day, which I will sing out loud throughout the day. Unfortunately for the crew, I’m no singer. But none the less I will sing, and quite often others will join in, and we all will sing poorly. Today’s song is by R.E.M., “The end of the world,” and the only part I know is the main chorus, “it’s the end of the world as we know it, it’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fineee!” That’s the theme for today because as far as life on Argo, for this crew is concerned, we are rapidly approaching the end of OUR world. Our world has been this boat, these 28 people, our ports of call, passages sailed, storms braved, laughs shared, the good, the bad, and everything in between. It is an unavoidable truth that this exact trip will never happen again. These 28 people will never liveaboard this ship and travel this route together again. This could be seen as sad, in fact. I know many of the crew members are sad to be seeing the light at the end of this tunnel. But as in the song, I feel fine. I feel fine because I can take solace in knowing that this trip, this voyage, is unique. I have just shared three months of my life with these 27 other people. There is nothing more valuable than the time we spend with each other. I value the time I have spent with this crew, and nothing can take that experience away from me. We come together as 28 individuals, and we leave as 1 crew.