|Our room, No. 4100|
Every one obtains a pictured “key card” which, along with wearing clothes, is about the most important item to have on your body. It gets you on board, in your room, and pays for any incidentals (that specialty coffee, pizza/burger at the snack bar, or clothes and things from the bookstore).
All faculty and staff were on board by about 1500 (need to speak and understand nautical lingo) and the ship departed at 2300. The next two days we were at sea with windy rainy weather (and moderate seas). We were in “orientation” mode learning all aspects of the ship and the mode of teaching while at sea, and configuring our computers (and now having about 3 more ids and passwords to remember). While at sea we have access to both the internet and the intra-net. For the former students have about 120 minutes of free access while faculty have unlimited time. But, only 50 people can be signed onto the internet at any given time, so a KEY instruction was for people to properly sign off the internet, even briefly, so as to allow others to get on. Suggestions, such as drafting one’s blog (like this one) should be done in Word, offline and then pasted in while on the internet.
I write this first blog on Thurs—we arrived into Halifax at about 0800, creeping in amid fog and rain. Fortunately the rain stopped by early afternoon when Sandy and I, along with Dave the IT guy and Judy the Art prof headed into town to buy art supplies for Sandy and Dave. The two of them are going to audit Judy’s beginning drawing class—among other things, they will be drawing every day.
|Sandy getting her art supplies in Halifax with Dave Weitz (the IT guy) and Judy (the art teacher)|
The Life Long Learners, 62 of them, are boarding this afternoon. They technically are not students although some have registered for some classes. They range in age from 89 to 8 months (yes, the LLL can bring dependents on board—in fact, there are about 23 dependents on board). The LLLs may sit in on classes, space permitting; and, they participate in virtually all aspects of the voyage—not sure what that all entails, but I will find out.
Tonight, about 435 parents boarded for a great reception during which us faculty gave tours of the ship – followed by presentations by the Deans and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (who boarded today). So, that is about it for this first entry. Do check back frequently as I hope to post something at least after every port, if not a bit more frequently.
|Sandra in the Halifax gardens|