|Week before leaving
-- (Jan 11-20)
Week 1 --
(Jan 23-Feb 1 Puerto Rico)
2 -- (Feb 3-9 Salvador,
-- (Feb 10-16 On the way to
4 -- (Feb 19-24 Cape Town
and African Safari)
5,6 -- (Feb 25-March 8 Mauritius)
Week 7 --
(March 9-15 Chennai, India)
8 -- (March 16-22
Penang, Malaysia and Singapore)
9 -- (March 23-31 Ho Chi
Minh City, VietNam)
Week 10 --
(April 1-6 Hong Kong, Guilin Shanghai, China)
Week 11 --
(April 7-13 Kobe, Japan)
Week 12 --
(April 14-20 On the way to Hawaii)
Week 13 --
(April 21-27 Honolulu, Hawaii)
Week 14 --
(April 28-May 8 Puntarenas, Costa Rica)
Journeywoman's Semester At Sea...
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Found an article about your work in the CARP magazine,
and then found your blog on your Semester at Sea voyage. I
am a (retired) faculty member fro the University of Calgary,
and preparing to go on the Spring 2009 voyage, with my wife.
I have found your blog very helpful, and may well have some
questions for you before we leave! Keep up the good work,
i read your blog.. and it was so detailed.. i dont know
how you remember everything ....
As a fellow Spring 08 voyager, I have thoroughly enjoyed
reading your blog.
I just wanted to let you know that I read through your whole
blog about a week after getting back from SAS and LOVED it.
Spring 2008 was amazing and I loved going back over the voyage
through your stories.
Hey Evelyn, Just wanted to say that you did a great job
on your SAS journals and blogs!! I was reading them the other
day and it brought back so many great memories of the voyage!!
I went to the Journeywoman website and saw the link
to your SAS blog I was pretty excited. Wow, someone from Canada
who actually knew about SAS and had done the voyage!
Your Vietnam entry would make a great piece for the
Globe and Mail. Think what their illustrators could do with
As a fellow Spring 08 voyager, I have thoroughly enjoyed
reading your blog.
I adored reading your SAS blog. I will be teaching at
SAS on the Spring 09 voyage.
Evelyn-I just wanted to let you know that I read through
your whole blog about a week after getting back from SAS and
LOVED it. Spring 2008 was amazing and I loved going back over
the voyage through your stories.
I loved and love your blog which I read last night and
finished this morning..and loved your references to people
I know...and miss when I am home.
January 11, 2008:
Meet my alter ego...
Meet Journeywoman, Evelyn Hannon's alter ego. This graphic
illustration is the one I've picked to represent me on the
SAS blog. Of all the graphics I had access to I thought she
seemed the best to express the traveller in me. Note her eyes
wide open in wonder; the circles around her eyes that represent
age and, of course, well-earned experience. Notice her mouth
fixed in a constant expression of 'o-o-o-o-oh' as she explores
the world. This 'oooooh' can mean many things: i.e. (1) excitement
with what I'm seeing (2) 'oh..oh' as in 'What do I do now?'
or (3) 'Oo-o-o-o-oh, I think I'm lost' as well as (4) 'Oo-o-o-o-oh,
I love that salwar kameez. I hope they have it in my size!'
Watch for my Journeywoman's messages. I hope we make you
12, 2008: I'm very excited about this assignment...
am very excited about this assignment with Semester At Sea.
At this point I've been travelling solo for over 20 years.
I've had many fabulous adventures but I suspect that this
particular one will be an adventure with a capital 'A.' This
is travel on the water. It's the real thing! For me sailing/cruising
represents a time in history before we had the luxury of exploring
via cars, trains and planes. It's the way Christopher Columbus
and Marco Polo did it (well not exactly, but you know what
I love the idea that I can get on a ship in Nassau and in
six weeks travel half way around the world to India. I love
that I can be in the middle of the ocean with absolutely no
land in sight and then, slowly, ever so slowly in the distance
there's something a bit different on the horizon. Then as
that 'something' gets closer and I can begin making out landmarks
I'm filled with incredible anticipation. What will this new
place be like? What's the culture like? Who will I 'encounter?'
(Don't you think the word 'encounter' is so much more exciting
than the word 'meet'?). My January 23rd sail date is fast
approaching. This is going to be a real challenge!
P.S. As I write this entry I'm filled with a great sense
of gratitude. I know I'm so darn lucky to be able to be doing
this assignment. I understand that there'll be great days
and there'll be not so great days but that's what life is
all about. Chrisopher Columbus move over. Journeywoman is
on her way!
13, 2008: How will this Semester At Sea blog evolve?
Dear readers: I have no idea how this blog will evolve.
At this point I can only think of it as a work in progress.
My intention is to report from the ship on a regular basis
but I won't make my writing and photos available until the
Spring 2008 voyage is complete. I don't intend for this to
be an ongoing travel guide. Rather I would like it to be my
conversation with you about the people I've met, where I've
been, what I did and how I felt. For those readers who are
armchair travellers I hope that you feel we are taking this
Voyage of Discovery together. For those of you who have always
dreamed of boarding a ship and sailing around the world, I
hope this demystifies the process and whets your appetite
for the same type of academic adventure I'm embarking upon.
For fellow SASers who've sailed with me, I would love this
recounting of my journey to bring back to you great memories
of your own. I'll do my best to stay real and not to glamorize
my day to day life on the MV Explorer. I'll tell you when
I'm happy, I'll report when I'm cranky and under the weather,
but mostly I look forward to sharing all the wonderful experiences
I know I'm going to have.
I look forward to hearing your feedback. I'll post your comments
and questions alongside this blog for everybody else to see.
You can write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want further information about the Semester At Sea
program please go to www.semesteratsea.org.
20, 2008 -- Two more sleeps...
for bandaids to take with me. Could only find ones with ScooBeeDoo
and the Wiggles on them so I guess that's what I'll take.
How am I going to get everything into one bag? I've been taking
stuff out all afternoon and I'm almost there. It's all this
tech stuff that takes up space -- my good camera, my tiny
camera (for my purse), video camera, my computer and my ipod
(bless Russ for coming over today and showing me how to 'rip'
songs that I want with me. I chose music to watch the water
by -- Pavarotti, Edith Piaf, Madame Butterfly, The Hong Kong
Symphony Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, AND ...
Iron Maiden, Nickelback, (not really -- just checking to see
if you're paying attention). Was out to get stuff for dinner.
So cold! This is the first winter in my life that I won't
be here to freeze. I feel a little badly. It's kind of a solidarity
thing and what I'm doing is SO unCanadian. Sorry!
21 -- Night before departure...
8:45PM and I'm almost done with all the picky last minute
details. Just went over my to-do list and I've finally completed
all the do's there were to be done. I hope what I forget is
not important. I've rechecked documents ...passport (check)
money belt (check) pix of my kiddies (check) bathing suit
(Yuck!) gravol (check) yellow fever certificate (check) ...
they don't let you into Brazil if you don't have a yellow
fever shot. Hmmm.... who wants to be somewhere where you can
be bitten by tsee tsee flies? Had lots of good wishes today.
Even my postman, Kenny was excited for me. I think he's my
friend because I let him deliver junk mail to me. OK, now
to set the clock for 6:00 AM tomorrow. I better remember to
pack my computer. Next stop Nassau!
End of Week