the elections according to our international friends...

warning: this post contains swearing...the kind that only a sailor could provide. I've been spending a lot of time with foreigners. I keep threatening to write about it (but instead I take naps).

This past week has found me in the company of Russians, Romanians, Filipinos, Danes, Indians, New Zealanders and Croatians to name a few.

Can you guess what their first question for me is?

"Miss Megan, who are you voting for?! Obama or Romney?!"

I never know what to say. I don't want to offend anyone - and mostly I kinda wanna know who they'd vote for!

Fail not, if I stay quiet they'll quickly start ranting and raving about American politics.

I've been doing my best to not talk religion or politics at the Nautie dinner table but, that's about to go out the window.

One of the things I value most about my time at sea is the people I've met along the way and the cultures I've been exposed to Americans on the whole like to stick close to home. I think it's easy to forget that American policy, economy and generosity change the lives of people all over the world. Its easy to forget that globalization is alive and well and that our lives are more interconnected than ever before!

Since Election Day is just around the corner I thought I'd share a few quotes ive collected over the last few days offering a more global perspective.

"What's so funny about Romney is that he might win....because everyone thinks that because he's rich he's an economist *giggles* I'm worth 57 million and I'm a bozo *giggles*. -Kiwi Passenger

"Megan, did you ever see the movie Pretty Woman? Do you know what Richard Gary [sic] did for a living in that movie? He bought sick companies and then divided them all up and sold them off making tons of money off others loss. That's ROMNEY!" -Indian

"If you wanna get fucked straight and hard go to a lawman! They'll fuck anything. I mean up. You know what this means, yes? They fuck anything up hard. You Americans almost have the same laws as when I was living in one communist country. There is no difference between a republican and a democrat. Brand name only." Romanian Chief Engineer (I think he was trying to say that politicians are creating laws that don't benefit the majority and, that it's changing life in America)

"The men who control the fuel and food - they're running the country." -American Captain

"Megan, America is A-Ma-Zing! I'm living the American Dream! It's the land of opportunity! What I love about Obama is that he's changed the way the world views Americans - this is great! I love Obama!" -Indian Port Captain

This post is dedicated to my lovely Hilo ladies - mamacholla and kels - they are hands down my favorite people to rant about politics with...okay fine, I rant about politics with my Dad too...for the record I'm pretty sure they're voting for Obama ;)