Day 1 - I finally arrived!

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Elias, John Paul, and Lydia... The welcome team!

I spent the morning running errands. Thankfully my father was willing to cart me all over town to finish last minute projects before leaving. My dad did much better than expected. Only a few tears at the end. I imagine being rushed kept our minds off the reality that I would be boarding a plane and leaving the country for eight months.

Talking about running late … I actually stepped onto the plane eight minutes before departure. After the errands were completed, we raced home and I packed (OK - shoved) my belongings into my backpack in a matter of minutes and out the door we went. On the way to the airport, my dad got pulled over within five minutes (70 in a 55). Thankfully the officer was feeling gracious and let us go without a ticket.

Duffy and Etienne
It did make for an adventurous story, so I was excited. Ohh yeah, also we were running on empty. We could have run out of gas at any moment. Thankfully my dad made it to the station after delivering me safely to my destination.

My plane landed at 6pm at JFK - there was a 2:40 minute layover. I was disappointed that I was unable to get WiFi access, but found out my aunt Donna was at the airport. We tried to meet up, but JFK is soo BIG and we were flying on different airlines (so we were in separate buildings), but we did get to talk briefly over the phone.

I wasn’t at all impressed with the airport. It was rather dirty in my opinion. By the way, a mouse almost ran across my feet as I was sitting in the café. Crazy, huh? Then a huge bird flew over my head.

The next Wave - my home for four months
I was waiting to see what creature I’d run into next. You’d think I was in KY “ Down on the farm”. J

On the international flight I was pleased to see that the flight was not crowded. I ended up having a whole section (three seats) to myself to stretch out on… they were leather and very nice! Also the big screen TV was directly in front of me. I was ready to watch a movie and had my headphones ready. Most everyone had English accents - I loved listening to their conversations and even tried to speak that way myself (under my breath, of course).

I arrived at my destination (Manchester, England) and proceeded to the train station wearing my forty-three pound backpack for the first time. Wow! It was heavy. The whole way I hoped I wouldn’t fall over, although it would have been quiet humorous if I would have.

Erika
In Liverpool, at Lime Street station, I was greeted by Lydia and Elias whom I had seen pictures of on-line. Then within 10 minutes another DTS student, John Paul, arrived. Within 20 minutes our car showed up… as well as another student, Etienne. There was cordial greetings and exchanges of names before setting off to the sailing vessel. It was my very first experience driving on the opposite side of the road.

The ship seemed much smaller than in the pictures on-line and the living quarters were even smaller. My day consisted of meeting staff, taking a tour of the boat, and fellowshipping with other students. We took a tour of the Marinetime Museum - which is directly across from our port. Then I went to my room and took a nap. Dinner was at 6:30pm followed by worship and our official introduction. We finished with hot chocolate and a show (two crew having a water fight in the lock (bay area). I tried to take photos, but they were to far away for my flash - so it was too dark. Lights out at 11:00pm (6pm in Cinti.). I had no trouble sleeping after having slept only 3 hours in the past 34 hours. Overall today was awesome! I felt completely at home in my new surroundings and soo humbled to be here and apart of this adventure.

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Elias, John Paul, and Lydia... The…
Elias, John Paul, and Lydia... Th…
Duffy and Etienne
Duffy and Etienne
The next Wave - my home for four m…
The next Wave - my home for four …
Erika
Erika
Liverpool dock
Liverpool dock
Liverpool ship
Liverpool ship
across the street
across the street
This is my quest
This is my quest
The guys with a lady whos overwhe…
The guys with a lady who's overwh…
Duffy being silly
Duffy being silly
Black history museum
Black history museum
me on the train in Manchester
me on the train in Manchester
Manchester
Manchester
Closing my eyes for a minute
Closing my eyes for a minute
Cathy
Cathy
Etienne
Etienne
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