10.28 Student Photo Gallery: Morocco

There is an allure to Morocco. Perhaps it is the beautiful Moorish designs in its buildings and mosaic tiles that add a splash of color to the cities, or the flavorful dishes cooked in earthen tagines or the fragrant oils —orange blossom, lavender and rose—or the ridiculously sweet, fresh squeezed orange juice from the stands […]

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04.29 A Final Farewell to the Spring 2013 Voyage

I didn’t want to step off the gangway. I didn’t want to admit that our 106 days at sea were over. Anyone who has ever sailed on Semester at Sea before knows that feeling. It’s an aching in your heart as you say goodbye to the ship that was your home and the friends who […]

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04.26 Daniel Epstein: Reflections on our Unreasonable Experiment

The following is a personal reflection by Daniel Epstein, founder and director of Unreasonable at Sea…   As I reflect on the voyage and on this journey around the world, I’m sitting at the back of the ship overlooking the white-capped blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Yesterday we sailed through the Straight of Gibraltar […]

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04.24 Exploring Religion in Morocco

Students in Professor Joe Laycock’s Religions of the World class had a unique opportunity while in Morocco to explore and compare the three Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism). During the field lab, students visited the Hassan II mosque, Notre Dame de Lourdes church, and the Museum of Moroccan Judaism to gain a greater understanding […]

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04.23 Poetry from the Voyage

A selection of poetry inspired by the Spring 2013 Voyage… Like the Waves by Cassidy Artz, Northwestern University Like the waves casting away from the shore, We left our homes, our comfort zones, into new time zones. Like the waves gaining strength as they form across the ocean, we too became stronger and grew with […]

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04.19 A Surprising Legacy of Friendship

I can vividly remember nights as a child when my younger brother and I would stay up late looking at my dad’s Semester at Sea pictures as his slide projector beamed them onto the wall of my room. We were fascinated by his Canon camera (which he bought in Hong Kong while on SAS), the […]

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04.18 Living with a Ghanaian Family: A Student Perspective

A persistent rooster calls me to wake up from outside my window. It is 5:30 am. I lay in bed for several minutes, my weight dents the thin mattress and my head is cradled by a slice of yellow foam. I can see the early morning light peeking through the thick green curtains. The buzzing […]

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04.17 Music as Culture

As Professor Daniel Ferguson explains, all humans have a strong emotional response to certain types of music; it is one of the things that differentiates us from other species.  In this piece, Ferguson explains that by looking at music as culture, we gain deep insights on the larger society, and that there is no better […]

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