Monday, September 9, 2013
Marshall Islands: Kwajalein
So the social life here reminds me a lot of being aboard the Africa Mercy. I see a lot of the same people at the dining hall at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you make new friends constantly. It is also a very transitional island with people constantly moving in and moving out. (Probably not as much in the fall-spring as the summer, however.) You walk or bike everywhere...unless you're a paramedic, security, garbage man, or have access to a golf cart. Thankfully Nikki, the PT for whom I'm covering, let me borrow her bike while she's gone. For 1.1 square miles, it actually can feel like a long distance to get some places sometimes. I think you can make a loop up to 7 miles long, or just "doing the runway" is about a 5 mile loop. I've gotten to play some beach volleyball, done some swimming (they just drain and replace the pool with ocean water 1x/week), had some Zumba classes, ran, and worked out at the gym for exercise. There is definitely a party feel - I think this is kind of like the Key West of the Pacific, except without all the good food.
Everyone is very nice and welcoming, and being a female there is no lack of compliments or chances to hang out with the opposite sex as the male to female ratio is quite high...at some point I might get a big head and start to think I'm a supermodel or something... ehhh, probably not.