S: Spring 2011
BC: “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins
FC: Semester at Sea The World is My Campus | “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” –Benjamin Disraeli
1: January 11, 2011 | Departure: Nassau, Bahamas | ...a voyage of a lifetime begins!
3: "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." - Lao Tzu | Senor Frogs
4: “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy | All Aboard! January 12, 2011
5: CABIN# 3124 BALTIC SEA
6: MV Explorer Master: Captain Jeremy Kingston | Rosseau, Dominica
7: Rain Forest & Snorkeling
8: Ship life while traveling 900 miles up the Amazon River | Sea Legs on the Amazon
9: Amazon water beetle a bout the same size as my shoe... ew!
10: Wild Sloth | Steve, Gabbie, Meris, Drew, Peter, Andrew, Diana, Ben, and Chelsea | Floating homes along the river with only powered wooden canoes for transportation! | Manaus, Brazil
12: ...in the wild... in the Amazon River and Negro River | They are endangered and live in freshwater | Swimming with dolphins | ...and pink!
13: Tropical Hotel | Mandy's 21st Birthday! | Hospital and Zoo Visit | Meris, Me, Christina, Paige, Gabby, and Mandy the first day we all hung out together!
14: Welcome to Takoradi, Ghana
17: Habitat for Humanity
18: SEA OLYMPICS GO BALTIC SEA Final: 3rd Place
20: Our view of Cape Town from the ship for 2 days | Stuck at Sea! Uh Oh | The book store
21: Cape Town, South Africa
22: Out on the Town | Cape Town
24: Cape of Good Hope | After a train ride and a bus ride then a long walk to find the penguins! Along the way we came across a naval museum and stopped.
25: Desert penguins at the most southern point in Africa
26: Wine and Cheese
28: After our wine tour we thought it was a great idea to hike Table Mountain
31: African Safari at the Aquila Private Game Reserve Cape Town, South Africa | An unusual encounter with one of the big five
32: Port Louis, Mauritius
34: Elementz hookah bar | Chennai, India | “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
36: Volunteering and Hospital Visit
39: Pondicherry, India
40: The City of Temples | Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram, India
41: Shore Temple Five Rathas Arjuna's Penance Krishna Mandapam Wild (sacred) cows The worst toilets
46: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
47: Ha Long Bay,Vietnam
48: On the right: Brett, Laura, Rachel, Kali, Me, Brandy, Tom, Brittany, and Peter
49: Dim Sum Dinner Outing with Jesi, Sam, Meris, Gabby, Laura, Kali
50: Bubble Tea & crazy food from street vendors
52: FORBIDDEN CITY and tiananmen square | Dave and me | Below: Frank, Sam, Stacey, Me, Tom, meris, laura, liz, kali, Chetan, gab & Holly
53: Beijing national stadium also known as the bird's nest was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics
55: The great wall of china
57: We took a 12-hour sleeper train from Beijing to Shanghai
60: A Tsunami hit Japan, so our ship rerouted to Taiwan
61: Keelung, Taiwan Our Last International Port
62: Finally arrived in Zuing, Taiwan after a train,ride, bus ride and another bus ride!
64: Laura Raises the American Flag as we sail into Hawaii! | Life is Good
65: Neptune Day
66: Aloha Hawaii, Hello USA Road Trip!
68: Hilo and Kona, Hawaii | Dylan, Tom, Chetan, Holly, Stacey, Jesi, Meris, Rachel, Brandy, Brett, Greg, Laura, Me,and Sam
70: We started our first night in port at Coconuts in Dominica, and ended our last night in port at Kokonutz!
71: “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
72: Alumni Ball
73: Bromance (Austin, Ben, and Brett)
74: Alumni Ball | Dinner with Captain Jeremy & Dance
77: Packing and going home with way more bags than I came with
78: Saying Goodbye
79: Alma Mater OFF TO SEA - The WORLD As we sail from this harbor Off to see the world As we sail from port - to starboard All our flags unfurled We remember many new faces And the friends we've come to know And the memories of new places Remind us of how we've grown Raise our voices high Open wide our eyes Open up the world to me On a voyage of discovery Across the oceans wide Where the waves uncurl Life will never be the same Now that I have seen the world... by John M. Rosenberg
80: Welcome Home San Diego, California, USA April 24, 2011
82: WE MADE IT! | "It is a strange thing to come home. While yet on the journey, you cannot at all realize how strange it will be.” – Selma Lagerlf | “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith
83: Bitter sweet goodbye | Happy Easter | Easter lunch at Hard Rock Cafe! | My and Meris's Easter basket! Our favorite candy (Reecees eggs) and champagne!