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My Wonder Of The World

By now, I have come to the stunned realization, that I continue to evolve into a different and better person as I journey around the world on the Spring 2015 voyage with Semester at Sea. While visiting Japan, I witnessed a friendly and hospitable culture,  and thus was inspired to be more patient and to […]

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EGBOK: Providing Service Through Service

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”              -Chinese Proverb In 2007, Ben Justus was a student of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and sailing around the world with the […]

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A Day of Spanish…In Vietnam

When others ask about my time in Vietnam, I have many wonderful things to say. I ate delicious pho, crossed a street through a river of motorbikes, and bargained my way through Ben Than Market, but perhaps my favorite response to that question is: I spoke Spanish. Professor Arantxa Alegre-Gonzalez’s Intermediate Spanish field lab offered […]

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Student Perspective: Maison Chance and the Politics of Developing Areas

During the Spring Voyage’s stop in Ho Chi Minh City, professor Krista Wiegand from the University of Tennessee took her Politics of Developing Areas class to Maison Chance, an NGO that provides housing, health care, education, and vocational training to under-privileged children and disabled individuals.  The assignment?  Observe the organization and write about how the […]

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The Vietnam War and Its Impact on the “Woodstock Generation”

On the eve of the MV Explorer’s arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Spring 2015 Faculty members Phillip Kolbe and Hugh Flick discuss their military service and their experiences during and after the Vietnam War, while Professor Joseph Lowman discusses the impact of the draft on those who did not serve.

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Marine Biology In Shanghai and Hong Kong

During the Marine Biology, section one, field lab in Shanghai, students visited The Tongchuan Lu Fish Market, “to survey and document the marine plants and live animals for sale, with particular emphasis on taxonomy and morphology.” The class then went to visit the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, “to view and document living examples of marine algae, […]

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A Visit To The “Big Buddha”

Nicknamed the “Big Buddha”, the Tian Tan Buddha is the world’s largest outdoor bronze Buddha. While docked in Hong Kong, students on the Spring 2015 voyage journeyed to Lantau Island to see the 34 meters tall monument for themselves. It was amazement at first sight, as the large Buddha peaked above the lush hillside. As […]

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China: Beyond The Skyscrapers

Guilin is known as the pearl of China’s tourism industry, though Yangshuo, a town two hours outside of downtown Guilin, was in fact significantly more amusing. This was mainly because the air was cleaner, permitting us to see the surrounding mountains with ease. In a city where limestone karsts are skyscrapers and rivers are streets, […]

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Discovering Eastern Religious Practices at Kamakura

And whoso will, from Pride released Contemning neither creed nor priest, May feel the Soul of all the East About him at Kamakura. -Rudyard Kipling, Buddha at Kamakura (1892) Students on the Spring 2015 voyage traveled to the historic city of Kamakura, Japan, where they visited several Shinto and Buddhist shrines and got the opportunity […]

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