Fairhope High School, Fairhope, Alabama
"The development of an Arctic ice stream dominated sedimentary system, the southern Svalbard Continental Margin (SVAIS)"
Spanish Research Vessel,
July 29 - August 17, 2007
July 25,26,27 - 28 - 29 - 30 - 31
August 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9
10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16
17 - 18
August 18, 2007
Saturday/Domingo: Sweet Home Alabama
At 3:45 am we boarded the shuttle with our luggage and headed to the airport to board our 5 am flight to Oslo. Going home was a bittersweet thing. I had such a wonderful time with so many new experiences, but I also missed home and was ready to be there. Unfortunately, I had to endure the 27-hour trip. I was again going to be surprised if my luggage actually made it all the way with me! The flight to Oslo was easy, and it was there that I said good-bye to my friends from Barcelona. We exchanged contact information and Catalina and I discussed our plans to hopefully get some students to do an exchange between our schools. It had been so great working with her on the ship and I look forward to our collaboration in the future! As our planet gets smaller with technology, these contacts are going to be vital to a professional workplace.
The flight to Amsterdam was easy and then I went through the detailed question/answer session for customs to board the flight to the U.S. It was great to hear those Southern U.S. accents that I am accustomed to from the travelers around me getting ready to head to Memphis! The 10-hour flight was easy also and I had the pleasure of sitting next to a film professor from Austin, Texas coming back from India. Very interesting to speak with her about her travels and exchange my stories! Finally I arrived in Memphis and the last leg to Mobile was a breeze - Home Sweet Home at last! And then the heat/humidity hit me - where's the next flight to Svalbard?!!!!!
I would like to add a list of thanks to all that made this journey of a lifetime possible for me because I know that it takes a team of support to bring this all to fruition.
- Andrea, Sara, and Gail for all of your tireless effort for the ARMADA Project
- Kate Moran for connecting us with Angelo Camerlenghi
- Beverly Thomas for supporting my interests and making it possible to leave my job to go on an adventure to share with our students and community
- Kimberly Pratt and Kathy Couchon for the information about "life on a ship"
- Stephany Hannon for EVERYTHING from the Spanish classes, helping coordinate my classes, news updates, e-mails and your caring spirit
- Tresha Garrick for starting off my school year with a new group of students and making it so easy to return
- Donna Cook and Wayne Kilborn for taking care of my home, rides to the airport and e-mails!!!
- Anderson McKean for cold weather workout gear
- The library ladies and staff at school for such a warm welcome home!
- Angelo Camerlenghi for inviting me and being brave enough to bring teachers and media personnel onboard and making it all look so easy!
- Catalina Sureda for learning English to translate and the teamwork on our projects
- Monica and Ben for English conversations and photography lessons
- Elena for the lessons on culture in Spain (meats from Salamanca, etc!)
- Jaume, David and Sarah - Constant entertainment!
- Maite for being a great roommate and Spanish lessons
- The Armada Crew and Scientists for accommodating my attempts at Spanish
- National Science Foundation for funding such an incredible program
- VECO for providing a satellite phone and parka
- Most importantly: to my family for taking care of my horses and dog, sending e-mails and for being my biggest fans. I love you.