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The 2014 Transpacific Cruise

The end of a long cruise always feels a bit unfair. It doesn't seem right that tomorrow morning I'll be unceremoniously dumped onto the pier in Yokohama, Japan. Over the past fifteen days I've become accustomed to my new social circle of nine friends and a couple thousand senior citizens. The new routines we've made feel normal and I'm not ready to give them up.

I've wanted to go on a transpacific cruise for a long time. Transatlantics are my favorite, but going across the pacific affords more sea days and brings me to my favorite continent. There are only one or two that leave each year, though, so it's not as easy to schedule as a transatlantic.

The Group

Over the course of a few months I brought the cruise up with a bunch of friends. Ben Yu, Nick Gray, Jimmy Hayes, Doug Barber, and Dick Talens all agreed to come. Ben brought his friend Adrienne Tran, Nick brought Amit Gupta, Jimmy and Doug brought Jodi Ettenberg, and Dick brought Debra Romer.

Childhood Memories

On Sara Alina

When I was about eight years old, my best friend at the time and I used to drive to a lake near Vienna called Neusiedlersee. We would go there for the weekend to visit my aunt and uncle. We loved to go there because there was so much nature. One day, we were bored and decided to explore the neighbors yard. They were growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables, and we ate most of them. Yes, we just sat and ate most of their food. When it was almost all gone, we left and went back home when suddenly someone knocked on our door. My uncle answered and it was the police. They said that they got a call from the neighbors saying that we ate all of their fruits and veggies. So an hour later we sat in their yard again, but this time we were re-planting all their vegetables and fruits. What a great day.

- Love Sara Alina

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