(RYAN): About a week ago [25 Feb 2014] I found out my family is going on a boat trip. My parents told me we were NOT going to go to the Bahamas. I was not very surprised. Not until they told me we were going further! They said we are going to the Dominican Republic. I was shocked even before they told me all the details. We are going to visit over 20 different countries! My brother Ronan and I are going to have to learn 3 languages in six months! Those 3 languages are Spanish, French and Dutch. We are going on a boat trip through the Caribbean chain. We will be visiting countries such as the Bahamas, the BVI and Dominican Republic.
Our boat’s name is the Pilots Discretion. It is a fifty-foot Sea Ray. It has three staterooms [Bed rooms], two heads [Bath rooms], a galley [Kitchen], a bridge, bow [front of boat] and stern [back of boat].
When I first found out about the trip I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was at a loss for words. The idea of being home schooled was so cool. I just couldn’t believe it! I had a lot of questions, like … When am I going to get my laptop? … How will I keep in touch with friends? … How long is the trip going to be?
When I learned that I was going to be home schooled, I was excited because then I wouldn’t have to sit in a class room all day and I would be able to go ahead and finish my work and if I went fast then I could play baseball or do something else.
I told some of my friends about the trip. I told them I was going on a really long boat trip that could take up to nine months, and I was getting home schooled. When I learned that we are going to be visiting many different countries, with at least four (4) different languages, I thought when do we start!
I am really looking forward to the trip because I will be home schooled and go to different countries and meet new people.