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Day 6 – Merkel

Our final day in the British Virgin Islands started off slowly with a late breakfast at the chaperones villa. Apples, granola bars, and yogurt were the fuel to power our service activity at a local beach. The always friendly taxi driver, Glen, drove us to a neighborhood where we walked a precipitous trail down to the edge of a...

Day 5 – Merkel

Today was an easier experience than our previous days, much of which could be attributed to the ease of awaking in the morning. The slow start to the day was furthermore enhanced by a warm bacon omelette at the usual marina breakfast bar. Afterwards, we again boarded the Sea Monkey vessel for the final day of diving and headed...

Day 4 – Merkel

This morning started off slightly different than other days as nature did not awake the Frangipani house in its usual form of a wild bird. But when the cabin did come alive for another day of excitement, we hustled off to a hot breakfast at the marina and quickly filed onto our respective dive boats. The R.M.S. Rhone was...

Day 2 – Merkel

For the second day in a row, Mother Nature awoke the Frangipani house with a singing rooster. After loitering around the room and eventually gathering our day's supplies, we headed down to the cattle guard at the end of the road to be picked up by Glen, our taxi driver. After an omelette for breakfast, we boarded the Sea...

Day 1 – Merkel

Alarm goes off at 7:00am this morning. Not a cell phone alarm or a call from a chaperone, but nature's alarm– a crowing rooster. Still recovering from jet lag from the previous day's travels, my two roommates and I stumbled around the house to, somehow, eventually find ourselves outside and ready for a day of diving. But before getting...

Jimmy Merkel

So why did I decide to join the Marine Biology Course for the summer of 2014? I'm a teenager. I'm young. Maybe naive. Attend high school. And don't yet have to pay for taxes or housing. This part of my life is to experience things and go on adventures before I get all old and wrinkly. So I am...