The Block Island Times

Looking back on a summer at Ocean View

By Tom Rosenzweig | Sep 01, 2012

I am now back in sunny England. The weather at Heathrow Airport was surprisingly good with clear skies and a little sun, although a little cold. The good weather somewhat brightened up the mood in my mind after having to leave Block Island. A ray of sunshine really helps relieve the anxiety of another year in school.

My return journey was smooth (no hiccups like the journey outbound) but long. A five hour time zone change was a hit too — instead of feeling 12:00 at 12:00, I’ll be feeling 07:00.

I have really enjoyed writing for the BI Times, not to mention my work with Kim and the Ocean View Foundation. I’ve met and seen new and old acquaintances and have made some great new friends. Spending six weeks on the island has helped me to embrace life and presented me to a new world of work that I am slowly discovering. I have changed my opinions in what I may study at college. At first I liked the sound of history, but now I prefer the idea of anthropology — alhough I don’t see why I can’t do both.

I must say I didn’t get to see as much of the island as I would have wanted, but a couple of hours fishing with Professor Robert Ballard took me on a circumnavigation of the island’s perimeter. I hope to return within a year or so to perhaps continue my environmental education.

I’d like to say thank you to two people primarily: Kim Gaffett and Fraser Lang, for being my contacts to working on the island and for being fantastic employers. Everyone at the BI Times was very encouraging and for that I also wish to say thanks. To my gracious hosts at Lewis Farm, I also would like to say thanks again for having to put up with me for over a month! And to Beckie and Eli Sprague who, as my only near-of-age friends, made this trip a real pleasure, I’m glad I met the both of you.

And of course, I can’t forget my readers: Thank you for reading about my experiences as a new face on the island.

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