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Goodbye Peace Boat :(

August 20, 2012

On August 17th the Peace Boat’s 76th Global Peace Voyage docked in Yokohama, Japan 1 last time.   It was such a relief after 2 days of semi-voluntary labor in which we GET’s along with the paid crew carted (what seemed like) 25,000 pieces of boxes and luggage to various locations around the ship in preparation for disembarkation.  As it turns out, I hate doing heavy labor almost as much as I resent accommodating other people’s consumerism.  It was a nice opportunity to say good-bye to the crew though.  After 102 days together, you develop some unlikely friendships.

Here I bid farewell to the captains of the ship, Captain Soto and Captain Gabriel.

After all the heavy labor, I though it would be a cinch saying goodbye and moving on.   At 6pm on August 19th, we all met 1 last time outside the GET office  in Tokyo, Japan.  It was hot and I was angry and irritable.  Suddenly, like a painful slap to the face, it hit me HARD!

It’s really over?

This experience was indescribably beautiful and The Peace Boat was the opportunity of a lifetime.  But, the places I saw and experiences I had were nothing compared to the LOVE I felt.  The quality of the people on this voyage and intensity of the relationships I developed along this journey is what I will treasure most of all.

I LOVE you guys and will miss you all SO VERY MUCH!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. albergmom permalink
    August 21, 2012 12:20 am

    I am so happy you made great memories, shared wonderful experiences with your peers and feel sad this chapter is ending. I love you and thus share your happiness and you pain.

  2. rineet permalink
    August 22, 2012 9:04 am

    i’ll miss u Chance, looking forward to when and where we’ll meet up next. good luck and talk to u soon

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