June 15, Tue.,sunny
Get up at 0630 to catch breakfast. One thing about shipboard life is that there's always plenty of time to meet and know people. During breakfast I chat with Wenzsu, a young man working in the computer lab. We are soon joined by Zheya the political science professor, and Kate the libarian and her husband Dave. We plan to do some shopping when we get to Vancouver.
Wenzsu tells me that the ship was sailing in full speed, 30 knots an hour. No wonder the Explorer is the fastest passenger vessel in the world. During the breakfast it slowed down. From the ship we can see the shore and mountains, some of which are still covered with snow.
The 0900 facultymeeting is postponed to 1000. Soon it turns out that we are to have a lifeboat drill. After the signals, all passengers are asked to put on life vests,and walk to the designated life boat. We are called by cabin number, andchecked if we are dressed warm, which means long sleeves, pants, etc. Women and children are asked to stand in the front, and men in the back. It is actually pretty interesting.
Its then the faculty meeting on the global studies course. The law program gets togetherafter the meeting. It turns out that I need to give grades (and be able to defend on the grades if necessary) before I leave the ship in Hong Kong. It is then agreed that I will give mystudents the exam after the 9th class, on the Korea/China day. TheKorean break follows the exam, so I will be able to grade the exams during thisperiod, and return the grades to the students at Class 10. Thetask of preparing exams for the two courses becomes imminent.
The ship arrives in Vancouver in the afternoon. People went to the decks to see her sailing intothe port. Photo time again.
Meeting meeting meeting! There's thefaculty/staff meeting on student life. Lee the student life directorentertains all of us by doing a Universal Apprentice show with his residentdirectors (RDs). He plays the Trump who dismisses or sanctions studentsfor their misbehaviour. I cannot think of everyone else who's more suitable for his job.
Zheya, his sonJun and I go to downtown Vancouver to get some warm clothes. We've all underestimated the cold air onboard. I am too stupid to bring my Canadian dollars with me. Now I have to exchange some US dollars in a convenicent store. A jacket for $15, acoffee mug for $17 , not bad, isn't it:)
One thing Zheya and I are both dying to do is to check emails. There is no phone, no Internet on the ship. I didn't know I could survive that long without the Internet. But there are some emails that you have to deal with. Work at home is pressingl, which really takes me back to the old depressive mood. We then havesushi. Vancouver is perhaps the cheapeast city to have sushi - as far as my knowledge is concerned. Call my dear hubby, but cannot reach him. Now it's the real world: work is pressing, and husband is not around! I have to try very hard to leave these thoughts behind.
Don't know if I'll leave the ship tomorrow. Maybe I should rather stay and get some work done? I'll see which mood I'll be in tomorrow and then decide.