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  • Atlantic Exploration!

    Atlantic Exploration!
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Yea! Kathy and I are going on another voyage! Fall 2012, Atlantic Exploration. http://www.semesteratsea.org/voyages/fall-2012/ 14 ports, 12 countries, 4 continents. We have our passports, with the requisite number of empty pages. We have our inoculations (including Yellow Fever). We have our visas for Ghana and Brazil. We have our anti-malaria…[Read more]
    Posted August 10, 2012.
  • Real time.

    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Friday 7am. We are back on East Coast time now approaching Norfolk. We had to pack last night. Our “checked” luggage gets lifted off the ship by crane. We carry the stuff we need today and tomorrow, plus any fragile items. We reunite with our bags after immigration and before customs. We are allowed to […]
    Posted August 20, 2010.
  • Tuesday. Last day.

    Next Port of Call Norfolk
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Tuesday. Last day in Morocco, last day in any foreign port. Next stop Norfolk. I must have gotten burned out on taking pictures. We got back from a short day of shopping and I have just four. My main objective for the day was to get postage stamps and to get postcards mailed. I did […]
    Posted August 20, 2010.
  • Monday. Food shopping.

    Henna tattoos
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    On Monday we wanted to get to a grocery where we could buy a few specific food items. A “western” style grocery. Rumor had it that there was a carefour in town but I couldn’t find it on google. And if it’s not on google…. I did find a grocery via google. It was in […]
    Posted August 19, 2010.
  • Casablanca, shopping, Rick's Cafe

    Casablanca, shopping, Rick's Cafe
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Sunday, Aug 8 th. We got some shopping for presents done today. We found a souk run as an artisans cooperative. They have posted prices and don’t bargain. (Well, they did give us a courtesy discount when we cashed out). The guy helping us is the owner’s son. He is a professor of accounting, but it’s […]
    Posted August 19, 2010.
  • Casablanca Day 1. More pics.

    Casablanca Day 1. More pics.
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    More pics from our day 1 tour… starting with the rest of my King Hassan II Mosque…
    Posted August 18, 2010.
  • Casablanca

    Casablanca
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Saturday, Aug 7th. We took a city orientation tour. We visited the Central market, then a public square, one of King Mohammed VI’s palaces, a cathedral with some awesome stained glass, the King Hassan II Mosque, drove through a “rich” neighborhood, and visited the seaside Corniche. Whew. Morocco is a constitutional monarchy. The King holds […]
    Posted August 18, 2010.
  • Gibraltar

    Gibraltar
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Friday August 6th. Ah. The Rock of Gibraltar.  Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. We are stopping there but not touching land (well, except for our anchors). We need to take on fuel. Bunkering.  Gilbraltar was ceded to Britain by […]
    Posted August 17, 2010.
  • Sea Olympics!

    kdk ruining his hands on the 7th deck doing crab soccer.
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Each SAS voyage they hold the Sea Olympics. Opening ceremonies are the night before, with a parade of teams proudly carrying their banners and wearing their colors. Each team is named for one of the seas. Adriatic, Carribean..etc. This year the faculty staff was rebranded. Previously competing as the Dead Sea, this year, with increased […]
    Posted August 17, 2010.
  • Big Red and True Blue

    2AM. Call us a cab.
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    By this time Big Red and True Blue had just about seen it all. They’d been up to the ITBR on the Detroit River. They’d been to Manhattan’s Pier 84. They’d been out to the spring Maritime Festival in Seattle. This time they were takin it easy and letting someone else do the driving. But that […]
    Posted August 16, 2010.
  • Real time. Saturday Aug 14.

    Real time. Saturday Aug 14.
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    OK. Finally got the last Alexandria post up. Crazy busy on the ship. Students are doing papers, studying for exams… A few fried machines. A few lost files. A few corrupt iPhoto libraries. All F’ing printers suck. Academics should make accessing their scholarly work as easy as using Wikipedia. Proxy’s, pdfs, funky framed websites with disabled […]
    Posted August 14, 2010.
  • Alexandria last day

    Alexandria last day
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Saturday, July 31 st. Onboard time is 6pm. So we have to be careful not to go too far. Our plan is to get to the new Alexandria Library early, look around a bit, catch the 1:00 show at the planetarium, and catch a cab back to the ship. Traffic in Alexandria is a little bit crazy. It’s […]
    Posted August 14, 2010.
  • The Greek Club

    Playground next to beach
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    July 30 th, Friday This morning was a catch-up time. Kathy was grading papers, and I was sitting outside on deck 7 listening to the Friday call to prayers. They use PA systems in the minarets. Friday noontime prayers are the most important of the week and the call to prayer is more elaborate and prolonged. […]
    Posted August 12, 2010.
  • Pyramids! Camels!

    Leaving Alexandria
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Thursday, July 29 th. Thursday morning we boarded busses for the ride to Giza.  Giza was once a small peasant village adjoining the pyramid field. Now it is part of Cairo as the two grow towards each other. There are 3 main pyramids at Giza in which were interred three successive pharaohs, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. […]
    Posted August 11, 2010.
  • Alexandria University

    Banners in front of the AU Student Union
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Wed, July 28 th On Wednesday we visited Alexandria University. We were welcomed by Mrs. Magada Hafez who is the Director of Student Activities. She invited in student leaders Mahamed Mostafa and Ahmed Maher Abdelaziz who participated in some Q&A and then escorted us on a tour of the campus. During our tour we were lucky […]
    Posted August 11, 2010.
  • Alexandria, first day

    Alexandria, first day
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Tuesday, July 27 th In most ports, Kathy and I have done an afternoon “city orientation” tour. This has worked out well. We don’t have to rush off the ship, and we can start getting an idea about parts of the city we might want to explore. Maybe we have a chance to hit an ATM and get […]
    Posted August 10, 2010.
  • Real time

    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    OK. Whew! I got all my Istanbul posts done before we LEAVE Alexandria. Just a few hours before. We are 50 minutes away from “onboard” time. I of course, being timid, get back to the ship well ahead of the deadline. Upcoming? My Egypt posts. I wasn’t as active here. Seemed harder to get my […]
    Posted July 31, 2010.
  • Posted July 31, 2010.
  • Turkish and Islamic Art

    Ornamental metal doors
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Saturday, July 24 th. We started Saturday with another SAS day-trip. We visited two mosques, and a museum. First up, the Eyüp Sultan Mosque . It was the first mosque constructed by the Ottoman Turks following their conquest of Constantinople in 1453. It was built near the tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, who was a close companion of […]
    Posted July 31, 2010.
  • Turkish Bath

    Turkish Bath
    Keith Kennedy on Semester at Sea - Atlantic Exploration
    Not many pictures with this posting. I apologize. Friday night we headed out with David and Lois to take a Turkish bath. Walk/metro/map-check/ask directions/ ah, we are there. We enter off the street, down marble steps, into a reception area. We choose what services we want. I went for the whole thing. So, first into […]
    Posted July 31, 2010.