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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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Where In The World Is Ellie Geller?

The “Vicarious Voyage” program is designed to connect Semester at Sea students with K-12 classrooms across the United States. I am corresponding with Mrs. Murphy’s and Mrs. Steingruebner’s 3rd grade classrooms from Baldwin, New York, a school district I am connected to through my Mother and the district’s Superintendent, Dr. Shari Camhi-Geller. I wrote my […]

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Shanghai: An Urban Palimpsest

Palimpsest: A parchment on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible. As the MV Explorer pulled into the Port of Shanghai, it was impossible to miss the soaring skyscrapers of the city.  Professor Lisa Schrenk and her World Architecture class visited the Urban Planning Exhibition […]

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Exploring The Professional Ideology Of Global Journalists

Exploring the wonders of Tokyo, Japan can lead to various different itinerary options and experiences. While in Tokyo, the Spring 2015 Journalism and Globalization class had the rare opportunity to visit Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm. Lead by professor Jessica Roberts, the class took the train system from the port in […]

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A Silent Lesson From The Japanese

As a visitor in Japan, I learned most of the hidden protocols of Japanese traditional society in their public transportation system. Coming from a loud Latin American culture, my friends and I found the silence of the trains to be highly intimidating, as well as the Japanese sense of cleanliness, strong-held values, and respect to […]

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