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Voyage Blog: Spring 2015

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • An Unforgettable University Exchange In Kyoto

    A unique, remarkable experience was gifted to students of the Spring 2015 voyage, the opportunity to participate in a university exchange with Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. A day booked full […]

  • Kobe Beef: A Case Study in Consumer Behavior

    What gives Kobe beef its unique flavor? It’s said that the cattle are fattened up with beer and given daily massages to keep their meat tender. Students on the Spring […]

  • Reuniting Pen Pals In Japan

    My favorite part about getting to port in Japan was being reunited with a friend, Keiko and her husband Toshio Hirooka after 24.5 years. My uncle had befriended them after […]

  • Photo Reflections From Osaka

    Japan is sprinkled with numerous memorial and spiritual sites throughout the reverent country. During the Spring 2015 voyage’s time in Japan, Professor Amber Johnson challenged her photojournalism class to observe […]


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