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Voyage Blog: Spring 2015

  • Mangrove And Coral Reef Restoration In Mauritius

    The island of Mauritius provided students aboard the MV Explorer a sense of excitement to soak up all that the first port in Africa had to offer. That morning, section […]

  • Protecting Our Oceans: Teamwork is the Key to Success

    In Port Louis, Mauritius, there is a hub of the Global Shapers Community created by the World Economic Forum. Here, young leaders want to make a contribution to their community […]

  • Eco-friendly Glass Blowing in Mauritius

    While in Mauritius, Spring 2015 voyagers visited the Mauritius Glass Gallery, where they learned about environmentally sustainable glass blowing techniques and got to try their hand at creating blown glass […]

  • The Maharaja's Observatory in Jaipur, India

    In the 1720’s, Maharaja Jai Singh II moved the capital of Rajasthan to Jaipur.  He wanted to make sure however, that his new capital would have sufficient instruments to measure time and […]

  • A Climb Up Sigiriya In Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka, located off of the south east coast of India, has a lush history that dates back over 3,000 years. Similar to many of the Asian countries visited during […]

  • A Timeless Story Brought To Life In India

    Throughout history, timeless love stories have been passed down from one generation to the next. As a little girl, I read the story of Romeo and Juliet, cherished the tales […]

  • On Ship Lectures Lead To Success In India

    As I travel with the Spring 2015 voyage of Semester at Sea, I have the unique opportunity to travel to 12 countries in 112 days and circumnavigate the globe, an […]

  • K.G. Balakrishnan on the State of Human Rights in India

    Konakuppakatil Gopinathan Balakrishnan served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India between 2007 and 2010 and is currently the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India. […]

  • Colonialism and Revolution in Cochin

    At the center of the historic spice trade, the port of Cochin, India has experienced multiple periods of foreign rule since the 1500’s, seeing major influences from Dutch, Portuguese, and […]

  • Yangon: Messages of Sound and Silence

    “The Underground acts as a reverberant space; cavernous and dim, it echoes with sounds and voices to unfold in uncertain yet urgent messages.” — Brandon Labelle Spring 2015 voyagers studying […]

  • Growth, Inequality, and Poverty in India

    Indian Interport Lecturer Nisha Agrawal has been working on poverty, inequality and development issues for more than two decades and has served as the CEO of Oxfam India since its […]

  • India: A Vibrant Change

    As the MV Explorer approached the port in Cochin,  I could tell it was a place like none other we had visited along our journey. Although still in Asia, it […]

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