Sleeping on the Morgan!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Only at Williams-Mystic do students get the opportunity to sleep on the last wooden whaling vessel! A few of us slept over there on friday night, with the lights on. It was pretty scary being in that HUGE boat at night. But it was loads of fun and really really cold. The best part about sleeping on the Morgan was being woken up by Mystic Seaport Staff at around 7am, asking us if we had permission to sleep on the boat. He said "I didn't expect to find anyone sleeping on here this morning." It was really funny. Other than that, it was a cold night and the bunks were super hard. Boy am I glad I wasn't a whaler back in the day!

Surfing and Snow !

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

This past sunday morning, six other students and I learned how to surf by our history professor Glenn!! It was amazing! Glenn has not only taught us how to surf but he's taught us how to Tango and even how to do the two-step. Surfing was great but bitterly cold, like I mean even if all the wet suit stuff on it was freezing (that is once you got out of the water). I'm still sore from our sunday morning adventure. The craziest part about surfing on sunday was that it snowed in Mystic yesterday morning. So we went from surfing to snowing.

Louisiana and Grand Isle

Friday, November 5, 2010

Last week we traveled down to Louisiana. It was a very eye-opening experience that I feel so fortunate to have been able to do. The faculty here are great. They really know what they are talking about. The trip made me laugh and at the same time want to cry.
The people that were affected by the BP Oil Spill compare it to a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. The people of Southern Louisiana talked about how they can clean up after a hurricane but the damages of an oil spill never really go away.

It broke my heart to hear them talk about it. Most of the people that we encountered said BP was taking care of them. They are grateful for BP. This blew my mind away. Please tell everyone you know, that the oil isn't gone and it won't leave for a long time. It's in the sand that was supposedly clean and is killing or has killed marsh grass.

The people of Grand Isle are so resilient. They will come back from this--but they can't do it alone. The people of Grand Isle have amazing leaders who will do everything in their power to help the people of Grand Isle. The things the people talked about shocked me--because they would never happen up here. The Grand Isle Mayor told us that when a Hurricane was coming, they had to evacuate everyone. When they crossed the bridge and were on higher land, the Mayor realized he had forgotten a homeless man. And you know what, the Mayor went back and got the homeless man. I know in my town that would never, ever happen. It is the people of Grand Isle that are so special, like their land. Therefore, we need to do everything we can to protect them and their disappearing land, because Grand Isle is slowly disappearing.

One last thing, you dig six inches into the sand on a beach in Grand Isle and there is oil. The spill is still having ramifications on the aesthetics and environment of Grand Isle.