I recently wandered on-board the vessel Mayflower II in Plymouth Harbor. Soon, she will head south to Connecticut to spend the next two years in repair and restoration to be in tip-top shape to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim's arrival in this area in 1620.
This area below deck is where the 100+ Pilgrims spent the entire 66-day voyage from England crammed together with adults, children, animals, and supplies in the cold, dark, and no doubt stinky space as it pitched and heaved traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World.
I will try to remember that the next time I'm impatient and angry when my overseas flight gets delayed for an hour and I'm stuck in a climate controlled terminal with shops, restaurants, chairs, and restrooms.
One of the Pilgrim role-players in period costume enjoys a spot of sunshine above deck. Life is good in "America's Hometown."