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Charlie Woods, his sister, Annabelle Woods, and his parents, have been sailing since Woods could remember. When Woods was twelve years old and in seventh grade, he took a year off from school to go sailing with his family to Europe and the Caribbean.

Woods and his family left in the middle of summer before his seventh grade year to sail to Rangiroa in the toll and parts of Mont Tanga. Woods described Mont Tanga as being a kingdom that is ruled by a King. It is a big palace where all of the residents there are friends with the king.

“All the countries were really undeveloped which was cool because I was able to observe nature,” Woods said.

Rangiroa has many Nurse sharks, which are really small sharks, to swim around with and twenty feet down, there were Lemon sharks. “I was 50 – 100 meters out, and I looked down and there was about a 20 foot shark underneath me. It was probably the fastest I’ve ever swam,” Woods said.

After sailing to Mont Tanga and Rangiroa, the Woods family returned back home for around one or two weeks, towards the start of school.

At the start of October, the Woods family headed to Fiji. “Fiji is one of the only places whales still migrate to breed. Granted, when my family and I was there, there were many whales,” Woods said.

When November came, they sailed to New Zealand. “The south island of New Zealand is extremely interesting because the country is fully developed although, there is no one living there. This island also has lots of nature parts with many national parks and glaciers,” Woods said. Also, him and his family went to a large sand dune in New Zealand and was able to slide down it. “I believe there is a seven to one sheep to person ratio,” Woods said.

“It’s really different here compared to other places in the world because of the minor things that you really start to realize that we have and other countries don’t,” Woods said. Of course they don’t have as much access to electricity and less focus on technology then we do here.ìIn supermarkets we have so much stuff, but there especially New Zealand has almost four vegetable and a bag of chips. But they are happy,” Woods said.

“One thing that I would say about my trip is that you never realize how much you miss those Oreo ice cream sandwiches because you canít get them down in Europe and the Caribbean. Straight off the plane from getting home, I scarfed down four of them in a row,” Woods said.

In some point in his life he would love to go to Antarctica. Just to get the chance to say that he has been there. “I also want to take in the culture and emerge myself. Other than traveling, I would want to learn martial arts,” Woods said.

“This summer we will do something similar. We are not for sure where we will go, but we are thinking of going to Asia,” Woods said.

Overall Woods described his trip as being life changing and that he had no words to describe his experiences during sailing.

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