How everything begins
It all began on September 9, 2013. I had no idea what I was doing. I travelled all the way from Mexico to Venice, Rome and stayed in the Courtyard by Marriot Venice Airport Hotel, I tried to go to sleep without thinking about the next day.
And the morning arrived, I was ready at 5:30 am, luggage next to the door and ready for whatever was coming. During the bus drive I was looking thru the windows trying to find the ship, this remind me of the game my grandfather and I used to do that was whoever sees the ocean for the first time wins while we were driving to the beach during family vacations.
I got off the shuttle bus and gathered my luggage, followed everyone into the terminal. I was the last one in the line because I had no idea what I was doing, no idea where to go or what was next. Handed my papers to the officers and tried to sign my contract with a shaky hand.
And then, the moment I stepped out of the terminal to board the ship… my eyes couldn’t believe it, I stood looking at the ship a few minutes… a new chapter in my life was about to begin and I didn’t know what to expect from it. In this moment a had a lot of feelings running thru my mind, homesick? Nervous? Excited? Scared? I don’t know! I wanted it to start but at the same time I wanted it to stop and go back home. This was the first time I asked myself “What the hell are you doing here? Are you sure you wanna do this?” I could feel the blood running thru my veins, my head was thinking so many things at the same thing that all of a sudden I forgot I was being asked if I had my medical papers ready.
So here I am, about to give my first step into the ship. “Is it gonna move like the little boats once I put my feet on it? Am I gonna get seasick?” I told you, I had no idea what to expect, but the moment my feet touched the gangway all fears where gone, I started looking around, the first thing I saw was a big yellow smiley face painted in the entrance of the gangway, I think that helped me a lot because I did smile.