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Central America Caribbean » Dominica » Roseau January 31st 2012

Waiti-kubuli, “Tall is her body” in Carib (the indigenous peoples of the land), was renamed Dominica when “discovered” by Columbus… surprisingly enough, on a Sunday. Luckily its geography prevented it, for the most part, from the fate of many of the other islands in the Caribbean. With an active volcano and mountainous terrain, the conditions were not conducive to slave-dependent sugar cane crops. And while this island was not completely immune to the woes of colonization, the peoples of Waiti-kubuli were fortunate enough that the rugged mountainous terrain insulated them from many of the all too common woes faced by the tribes of the islands around them. With areas of this small island averaging over 200 inches of rain a year, the landscape is peppered with tremendous waterfalls and 365 rivers winding their way across the ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Nassau January 22nd 2012

After a day and a half of the faculty and staff orienting ourselves to the ship, our jobs and each other, there appears to be a small break in our schedule, just an hour – but we will take the chance to get off the ship and see a small slice of Nassau.I’ve been here before – a family vacation over a decade ago – so it isn’t imperative to me to see it; however, there a few among us who have never been and a quick jaunt into the country is in order, if for no other reason than to set foot on the soil of the place where we start this epic adventure with our whole community in tact. For it is here in Nassau that we pick up our students. As we exit ... read more
Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Nassau January 19th 2012

I once read that the Tzutujil Mayans of Guatemala believe that when you take one step outside your house, no matter where you are going or for how long; you are on your way home (Prechtel, M., Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, 1999). That belief has always rung true for me. It doesn’t matter if you are going to the store for milk or if you are leaving for, say, 4 months to travel the world. With that first step, no matter what you encounter or where you get side tracked to, you are already on your way home. I think I’ve adopted that belief because it doesn’t matter where I am, knowing that I am on my way home makes the world feel a little bit smaller and in turn I feel closer to my ... read more
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The view from my cabin
My cabin

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 4th 2011

There sure are a lot of logistics in leaving your everyday life for a three and a half month trip around the world. I'm trying not to get bogged down in the zillion things I need to take care of which fall into two big buckets: tying up my life here and preparing for my life there. The biggest part of my tying up my life here is spending time with my friends and family. I know that 3.5 months really isn’t that long but my friends and family are a big part of my life so not seeing or talking to any of them for an extended amount of time seems outrageous. My current strategy is to saturate myself with as many people’s presence as I can to make up for future lost time. I’m ... read more

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