Katie Lank

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Katie Lank




Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana December 2nd 2014

For starters I can’t believe I’m writing this post in December. This means that my birthday is in six days, which means I will also be getting off the ship in six days. Weird. Before I talk about Cuba let me just say that Thanksgiving dinner on the ship wasn’t nearly as bad as I was anticipating. However, that being said it still wasn’t the same as being home with my family. So Mom I kindly request that we have Thanksgiving dinner take two for Christmas dinner (especially the apple pie portion of the meal). I’m sure Dad and Nick won’t mind. Cuba was beyond words amazing. I had no idea what to expect coming into this country, but I’m definitely leaving with some wonderful memories. People always talk about the communist government, and the ‘50s ... read more
Basketball Teams

South America November 30th 2014

Today is day 7 of the 14 day crossing to Brazil. It has been a lot more tolerable than expected; I think it’s because I’ve been keeping myself busy with sleep, class, and fun stuff around the ship. I’ve recently gotten a lot more involved in going to the nightly events the ship holds after dinner (Union Seminars and World Cafes). Right now there are a bunch going on about the Middle Passage, which can be very heavy at times, but I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also become very fond of TED talks (there is a TED talks club), and the way they make me think about situations differently. Last night we watched the most watched TED talk (over 28 million views) about how current education systems kill creativity. So many different perspectives and ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown November 24th 2014

Two words for Barbados: expensive and touristy. These two adjectives aside, Barbados was a great island with beautiful beaches and bathwater-warm water. The day we arrived it was pouring rain so there wasn’t a ton to do. I got off the boat in the morning and walked into Bridgetown to see what it had to offer. Within minutes I was soaked from head to toe and walking around didn’t seem as appealing anymore. Danielle, Shivani, and I popped into Mmmmm….I Like I Like (yes that was the actual name) for some lunch. I had some of the best chicken there and started to understand where the restaurant’s name came from. Later that afternoon a pack of us headed to the hotel to check in for the night. We piled twelve people into two rooms, along with ... read more
In The Water
Diving Off The Top
Glass Bottom Boat

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean November 20th 2014

It has taken me an extra day to get around to writing about my time in Salvador because I’ve been getting all sentimental about only having a few more weeks on the ship; but I’ll leave that until the end of the post. I enjoyed the small part of Salvador I got to experience. I didn’t arrive at the ship from the airport until almost 7 pm because we decided to take the local bus instead of taking a taxi. Two hours after getting on the bus we got off and still ended up taking a taxi from the bus stop to the ship! Needless to say I was tired from traveling and didn’t feel like going out that night. The following morning I decided to go out to a market my roommate had told me ... read more
Volleyball
Spike!
Limbo

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador November 15th 2014

It has taken me an extra day to get around to writing about my time in Salvador because I’ve been getting all sentimental about only having a few more weeks on the ship; but I’ll leave that until the end of the post. I enjoyed the small part of Salvador I got to experience. I didn’t arrive at the ship from the airport until almost 7 pm because we decided to take the local bus instead of taking a taxi. Two hours after getting on the bus we got off and still ended up taking a taxi from the bus stop to the ship! Needless to say I was tired from traveling and didn’t feel like going out that night. The following morning I decided to go out to a market my roommate had told me ... read more
Capoeira
Old Town
Dancers

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro November 13th 2014

I can’t believe this is my twentieth post…time flies. I made it to Salvador de Bahia after spending four nights in the rain forest (not the Amazon). Once again, my adventurous travel companion George and I decided to do something off the beaten path in Brazil. We rented a car on the third day in Rio and headed towards Itatiaia National Park, about two and a half hours southwest of the city. It was a struggle finding our way there initially because we made a wrong turn coming out of the rental place, which took us back into downtown Rio. Nevertheless we managed to get back on track and actually get to where we were trying to go without a map or a functioning GPS (I’m not sure whether that’s an accomplishment or stupidity on our ... read more
Start of the Hike
Mysterious
Up, Up, Up

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro November 9th 2014

I survived the 14-day crossing and am currently sitting pretty in Rio de JaneiroJ It’s only taken two days for me to fall in love with this city. The landscape is breathtaking, the people are wonderful, the food is delicious, the ocean is splendiferous, and last but not least it is beach weather in November. Yesterday a pack of us planned on hiking up to Christ the Redeemer, but the taxi drivers outside the terminal were giving us a hard time about taking us to the trail head. My Spanish got me far enough to communicate that the fixed price was too high as we walked away. Instead, we decided to go up to the top of Sugar Loaf. Ari incorrectly placed us on the map, so it turned into a two and a half hour ... read more
On Top of the Loaf
Scenic View
Monkey!!!

South America November 2nd 2014

It’s been a fun-filled few days on the ship with Halloween and Neptune Day. Halloween was strange because it was so hot outside I couldn’t believe it was actually October 31st! Some people came dressed up to class, but the majority waited until the dance to change into costume. I’m usually pretty lame for Halloween because I leave my costume to the very last second, and this year was no different. However, I did manage to scrounge around the ship for some materials and ended up going as a raccoonJ The costume was so hot that I didn’t keep it on for very long. The dance itself was pretty lame just because there wasn’t enough space for all 600+ of us to dance. Nonetheless, the costume competition was very entertaining, and the battle for the coveted ... read more
With Dean Peggy
Neptune Day Selfie
Sunset on the Atlantic

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona October 23rd 2014

I WENT SKYDIVING AND IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE THINGS I’VE EVER DONE IN MY LIFE!!! So yeah that was the big reveal for what I did in Barcelona. George and I took the train up to Figueres (1.5 hours north) the first day. The drop zone we went to was actually in a town called Empuriabrava a little outside of Figueres. Little did we know that Empuriabrava was actually a grossly wealthy beach town, home to the largest residential marina in the world! We also found out after the fact that Skydive Empuriabrava is in the top three places to skydive in the world, so that was pretty nifty. I was expecting to be super nervous to jump, but my heart didn’t start racing until my legs left the safety and comfort of ... read more
Skydiving
Post-skydiving Face
Selfie on the Beach

Europe » Italy October 19th 2014

Italy: the land of good food. I focused more on eating well and less on being a tourist in Italy, which turned out to be a great four days here. I hung around Civitavecchia (where the ship was docked) the first day because I was sick of rushing off to a different city at the first chance I could. Instead I parked myself in a café for a few hours with my laptop, drank espresso, and ate pizza and gelato. I had tedious Drexel stuff to do (i.e. scheduling) and some exciting research for what to do in Barcelona (stay tuned for the big reveal), hence the necessity of my laptop in port. I took it easy the rest of the day and ate more gelato. The second day I had a field lab for my ... read more
Me and Agnese in Bologna
With Agnese and Marta
Vineyards




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