My navigation skills are absolutely horrible; I discovered this after being on this ship for only one day. I don’t know if it has anything to do with being inextricably exhausted because I am definitely feeling the effects of jet lag, or if it is just that I lack in this department, but this ship is like a maze-seriously. Nina, Amy, and several of the fellows did reiterate, “get to know the ship.” Yes, it all makes perfect sense now that I am here. Our room is in the lower portion of the ship, we are staying on the staff level with the naturalists, photographers, and historians. Two doors down from us is an ethnomusicologist. Trust me readers, I said the same thing. Take apart the word and it will all make sense. The prefix ethno- means culture. Music is self-explanatory and -ology refers to the study of something. So all together, the study of music from different cultures from around the world. How interesting. There are others too, but I am still learning their names and roles aboard the ship.
As I was saying, there are a total of six levels. This would be hide and seek heaven for Rockdale and even Gamble students, but I would be really upset to BE the child who has to “find” someone. And if you were hiding, you’d NEVER get found if you were trying to be creative with hiding. Trust me, it could take hours to locate someone. The ship is not very large, well in comparison to the cruise liner we’ve been sailing next to all morning. But in some places, you have to go outside to get to other side. The chart room, the dining hall, the library, and work out area-there are only a few places for us to convene, but again, everything is spread out and with three stairwells, it just complicates your ability to figure out which end of the ship is north and which is south. I am really trying to “mark” places to help me navigate, but it is still not working. Eric wanted to give us a tour of the boats…I don’t want a tour per say as I have wandered across all the rooms at some point, I want a How Not To Get Lost & Shortcut Tutorial. Like for instance, I figured out there were two ways to enter our sleeping quarters. One is to cut through the mud room where the staff offices are located. If I look down the stairs and see the net, this is my clue that just beyond the rope is the mud room. It serves as cut a way (shortcut) to my sleeping quarters. The other is the normal entrance all the way down the stairs…but from the top case, but which set of stairs. I don’t really know.
In all, I know by day fourteen this will all be old news and I will have figured out how to navigate this ship. But as for now, I need to come up with plan on how to stay found.