My semester at sea: Morocco

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After this semester, I’ve been to a lot of exotic and unfamiliar places. I’ve seen people, places and practices that I never knew existed. For my last port with Semester at Sea, Morocco was the perfect place to end. It was the only stop on this voyage that I had Read More…

Environmental Justice alternative breaks

Alternative Breaks takes on environmental justice

Canvassing: clipboards, forced friendly smiles, prepared one-minute speeches and an odd, immediate disconnection between passers-by. Yet for every two refusals, there is always an inspiring case that either uplifts the spirit or deepens the anguish but certainly strengthens the resolve. I was standing alone outside Kaiser Permanente on a hot, Read More…

Sunrise on Table Mountain and Cape Town

My semester at sea: South Africa

South Africa is an immensely interesting and unique country. I have been learning about its history, politics and culture in my classes on the ship and have found it to be one of the most fascinating countries I’ve ever studied or visited. I spent my six days in Cape Town, Read More…

My semester at sea: Mauritius and life at sea

Mauritius, a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean, has a few claims to fame. It was the former home of the dodo bird, its capital, Port Louis, is the richest city in Africa, although many people don’t count it as part of Africa, and it’s a favorite vacation destination Read More…

The Taj Mahal, Agra.

My semester at sea: India

It’s very difficult to explain how I felt about traveling in India. There was certainly a lot about my experience that was not so positive, and I’ve never felt so far outside my comfort zone. I saw many people in really horrible situations, many of whom had very little hope Read More…

School of Little Revolutionaries

Turkish politics are ruining my dinner plans

Two blocks from my apartment on the corner of a busy street is a restaurant called Sinem. From the walls to the front counter, the whole place seems to be made of glass. It’s open late and always lit up. There isn’t much in the restaurant besides chairs, tables and Read More…

The Marina Bay Sands hotel.

My semester at sea: Singapore and Burma

In the past week, I’ve been to one of the wealthiest countries in the world and one of the poorest. Both Singapore and Myanmar (Burma) were occupied by the Japanese during WWII, but since then they have followed very different paths. The contrast was absolutely striking and not always in Read More…