So today was our first full day on the boat, and so far, it’s been just about perfect. The sun has been shining, the water is crystal clear and blue as the day is long, and Jarret and I are officially “kind of a thing.” Dr. Goebel can add this to her list of [the] honors college bringing nerds together. Congratulations. We all woke up around 8-ish from our respective rooms (speaking of which, Erin and I were supposed to share a cabin with one bed, but because the cabin across the hall from ours [also with one bed] was vacant, we each got our own rooms with huge beds!) and came up to a full hot breakfast and tantalizing water. We ate heartily then swan for a few hours before we set sail for the next site on our itinerary. Actually, hang on. Let’s talk about this water real quick, shall we? This is the clearest, bluest water I’ve ever seen in my life. The two previous poems came to me while we were sailing and swimming through this pristine Mediterranean Sea. I’m not a water person my any stretch of the imagination – for goodness sake I can hardly swim. But something about this water’s being so pure and so blue makes it irresistible. Anyhow, after boating along in pretty serious winds, we docked at a bay that would soon become the starting point of a three-hour hike through the mountains to an old set of ruins. A lot of our groups spent the trip complaining about the length of the hike or the heat or their ankles, but I felt great. Jarret and I took a short nap right beforehand, I’d been laying in the sun previous to that, and so by the time the hike rolled around, I had a ton of energy and chutzpa. We took a pit-stop on our way to the ruins with a semi-nomadic goatherd and his wife. Of course, the one time I didn’t have my Polaroid with me, there was a $10,000 shot of all us American kids in modern clothing drinking thyme tea with a nomadic dweller and his wife. Just trust me when I say it was touching in its comical juxtaposition. The site itself wasn’t that exciting, to be frank; the ruins weren’t that well preserved, and there were only a few of them including a tumulus, a cistern, and an agora area.