I’ve spent the majority of my time this year on a ship and I’m about to get onto another.
I recently returned from my assignment with Semester at Sea as photographer for the Spring 2014 Voyage’s communications team. While on board the MV Explorer, we circumnavigated the globe, traveling 23,379 nautical miles west from Ensenada, Mexico, to Southampton, England.
To see all of my posts for Semester at Sea, click here. And head to my personal travel blog (which is still catching up!) for even more photos and reflections. My personal highlights were exploring Yangon, Myanmar, on a serendipitous day of travel, marveling at life and death along the Ganges River in India, and wandering through the temples of Kyoto, Japan. I was lucky enough to get to tag along with a few classes while in port as well. I received at crash course in South African cinema while visiting the University of Cape Town. And I’m now well-versed in the art of Burmese puppetry and have a better grasp on evolution after visiting the botanic gardens and zoo in Singapore.
My subject matter is quickly going to change from globe-trotting college students to slow-moving tortoises and happy sea lions, but before that happens, below is a collection of my favorite photos of student life from the Spring 2014 Semester at Sea voyage. Click on any thumbnail to view larger in gallery mode.
While in Vietnam, students in a Drawing at Sea class participated in a field lab in which they practiced perspective drawing while visiting multiple pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City. Semester at Sea students place incense in an urn at the Quan Am Pagoda in the Chinese influenced neighborhood of Cholon. More about Vietnam: http://bylandandbyseablog.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/postcard-from-vietnam/.
While in Myanmar, students in Professor Drew Kahn’s Intro to Theatre class spent a day learning about traditional Burmese puppetry while at the House of Memories restaurant. Professor Kahn learns how to control the puppet from director Khin Maung Htwe’s ten-year old son Thet Paing Htwe Oo. Yangon, Myanmar. More from the field lab here: http://www.semesteratsea.org/2014/04/02/field-lab-pulling-strings-in-myanmar/.
A Semester at Sea student studies in the shipboard library.
Professor Iain Campbell (pointing with green laser pointer) held stargazing sessions on the observatory deck throughout the Spring 2014 voyage.
Semester at Sea voyagers traveled on the “Langa Township and Happy Feet” field program to visit Langa, a township located on the outskirts of Cape Town, and visit the Happy Feet Project, an initiative started in 2007, to provide township kids with positive influences to keep them away from gangs and drugs in the community.