A Typical Day at Sea

I’ve had a couple of people email and ask me what a “normal” day is like at sea. As we are travelling now in a long sea stretch (Hawaii to Japan takes 11 days) this seems like a good time to describe our day.

Dan and I wake up really early, typically. This could be because we have moved our clocks back 4 times already since we left San Diego! So, we head up to the (small but functional) gym on the ship, which is reserved for faculty and staff before 8:00. When we get back we wake the boys, who seem to be sleeping longer than ever… maybe it is the lack of a window in their cabin.

Breakfast is only from 7-8, so we need to make it there on time. Every other day, I teach at 8:00, so we hit breakfast right at 7:00. After breakfast I either teach, or head up to the Glazer Faculty Lounge to work. It is a gorgeous, conversation, student, and child free space at the front of the ship that is lovely to work in. Dan gets the boys started on reading or schoolwork in our cabin, and then the three of them head to the one-room school house/study hall from 9:30-11:30. We have found French tutors on board for them, so that helps.

We meet as a family for lunch at 11:30, and then I either teach at 1:00, or head back to the lounge for more work.The kids have “kids’ club” in the afternoon, where a different parent organizes an activity each day. Yesterday they made play dough animals that they are likely to see on the trip, and drew habitats for them. Other days have included improv (with a student who is taking theatre), and origami class. That runs from 1:30-3:00, then they all head outside, where the sports area is reserved for the little kids (non-students) from 3:00-4:00. So far it has mainly been an easier “catch” version of volleyball, or soccer. The play area is netted all around, so nothing goes overboard. After that, the boys either have computer game time, or their gather in someone’s cabin to watch a movie.

Dinner is early too, then we often attend the Explorer Seminar. This happens every night at 8:00. and so far has covered a variety of topics, from volcanoes and earthquakes, to how map-making evolved, to how to travel on a budget.

Early to bed, and then we start again! It’s weird for me to teach every single day, but once we hit Asia the schedule is more like 2 days on ship, then 3-5 in port, then 2 days on ship, then in port. So a good bit of the course happens quite early, setting the stage for the experiential aspects the students will complete in port. So, now you know!

By the way, we cross the International Date Line tomorrow, so we move from April 18 (today) straight to April (20) tomorrow. The ship community is contributing to a crowd-sourced story of what happened on “The Lost Day.” Should be cute.

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