Yesterday the rocking was at its worst. I came to dinner to find all my friends eating standing up, I asked them why, and they said that it was the only way to keep their food on their plates. I had just missed one particularly big wave that cause people to tip over in their chairs, and food to go sliding off the tables. So I joined them standing for dinner. The waves have been spalshing our window on the second deck, so the crew shut the door that covers the port hole and locked it. It makes our room so dark, and I really enjoyed watching the waves, but I guess there's a risk that the waves could break our window. That's scary. Today the waves are a lot smaller, so I hope they open the window back up soon.
I'm looking forward to Japan. The first three nights we are spending in a capsule-style hostel. There are probably eight or more people I know staying at the same place, but we will most likely split up for sight-seeing. We are going to a cat-cafe, a karaoke bar, the fish market, and explore all the neighborhoods within Tokyo. Then we are going to an Onsen (bathhouse) on our way to Kyoto. We are going to spend a night or two in Kyoto seeing the traditional temples and gardens. Then we will head back to the ship in Kobe. Only two days later later we will be in Shanghai. I haven't finalized my China plans, but I think I'm going to Beijing to see the Great Wall, and zip-line off of it. Vietnam, Singapore, and Myanmar are only separated by a few days at sea, but I have no idea what I am doing in any of these countries, so I would love some suggestions! (email me, Juliaaugh@gmail.com. Don't comment on the blog, I won't get it).
I'm off to meet my "extended family" for dinner! We were put into groups with professors or life long learners about a week ago. I'm with a history professor from Vasser, his wife, and 13 year old daughter. And there are four other students in my family, three of them I already knew pretty well. Its a really fun bunch, and we have dinner every now and again. We may challenge another family to a game night soon, or maybe do something together in a port!