Finding my way in France

“How excited are you to go to France?” That is the question nearly everyone asked when they found out I’d be studying abroad this fall. Unfortunately, there was only one acceptable answer, and it didn’t involve explaining the nervousness and anxiety I felt about being on another continent for four
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Where are the wild kangaroos?

After a whirlwind month adjusting to Australia, I’ve begun to explore Brisbane and the adorable beach towns just a few hours away from the city. I can tell you the best places to get coffee in Brisbane. Actually, anywhere you get coffee will rank among the best you’ve had. Even
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My semester at sea: Morocco

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
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The village of Atomkwa.

My semester at sea: Ghana

One of the most important parts of traveling is forcing yourself out of your comfort zone. That’s one of the main reasons I am on this voyage, and it’s definitely had a huge effect on the way I approach new experiences. No country so far has pushed me further from
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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,
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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,
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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
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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
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