Monthly Archives: October 2010

Culture Stalk

“The culture of Mauritius includes sandy beaches,” said Steven Dickstein at the logistical and cultural preport lecture. “The main resource of Mauritius is Phoenix beer,” he continued. With “facts” like these, the culture portion of the lecture lacked content. The … Continue reading

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Great Whites

I’m not afraid of sharks, but I used to be. When I was 16, I was diving in the Caribbean and I saw a shark underwater. It swam right by me, like I didn’t exist. It was then I realized … Continue reading

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Getting Along

As the MV Explorer sailed into the sparkling blue harbor waters at 7am, my friends and I were a bit perplexed as to why Semester at Sea had chosen this port of call. “Are they encouraging us to party?” my … Continue reading

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Beyond the Pavement

I reached into my money pouch and removed four fifty dollar bills and handed them to the bearded man leading the shark diving excursion. The five of us piled into the van, a moving billboard covered with sharks and telephone … Continue reading

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Breaking the Silence

Life on the ship has fallen into the rhythm of the waves. I have fallen into the same pattern because, it seems, our journey between Cape Town and Port Louis has become a formula. Our last sea filled adventure was … Continue reading

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Hope for South Africa

As we were approaching South Africa my mind was racing with thoughts of what this country was going to be like. In my mind when I think of Africa, I automatically think of it as a third-world country and having … Continue reading

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Saving Starfish

I stumble into rainbows of beaded animals, walls covered with every imaginable size and shape. Elephants, giraffes, bucks, hippos, guinea fowl, and silly faced lamas seem to spring from the shelves. I spy soccer players, elongated dolls, and Nelson Mandela’s … Continue reading

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The Liminal Buzz: A Firsthand Account of Neptune Day

For whatever the reason, however shallow or profound, a group of pollywogs, at zero degrees latitude, zero degrees longitude, come together in a massively intimate experience: a shared rebirth as we all become what is honorably known as Emerald Shellbacks.  … Continue reading

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Into the Rainforest

I had never seen a rainforest before Kakum. On the last night of our stay in Ghana, two friends and I went to Kakum National Rainforest to spend the night and go on its canopy walk in the morning. We … Continue reading

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Paradise in Ghana

The cool breeze on my face from the open window, and the sounds of the waves crashing on the pearl white sand alert me to the fact that we have nearly arrived at our destination: Basua Beach.  As the crowded … Continue reading

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