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Alaska Cruise Part One: The Adventure on the High Seas Begins

On Saturday, June 21, we departed from Vancouver on Princess Cruises – specifically on the Crown Princess, surely the nicest ship I have ever been on. The ship departed from Vancouver around 5pm, sailed under the Lions Gate Bridge (built by the Guinness Family), and up towards the last frontier, Alaska! Our port stops included […]

Vancouver: An Arrival, a Departure

Over the past 10 days (June 19-29), I took a trip to Alaska with my parents, my youngest brother Tony, his girlfriend Ann, as well as my friend Jesse and his parents. It was an absolute blast. After taking three planes (Tallahassee > Atlanta > Toronto > Vancouver) I arrived in Vancouver on the afternoon […]

The Rock Boat at the Center of the Universe

During Sister Hazel’s final performance on The Rock Boat XIV, lead singer Ken Block told us that it is very hard for anyone in the outside world who has never been on The Rock Boat to understand what goes on here. Conversely, he said, it is very difficult for those of us who have been […]

Perceptions of Freedom in China and the United States (Part 5)

Part Five: It Felt Like Freedom Other than my brother’s rough experience getting a visa and the inability to access social media websites like Facebook, we spent twelve great days in China. During that time, things felt comparable to being in the United States. We moved about wherever we wanted. I paused a number of […]

Perceptions of Freedom in China and the United States (Part Four)

Part Four: The Forbidden City of Facebook In China, there is a different story about political freedom and the freedom of the press than there is in the United States. In China, the average citizen cannot even access some “foreign” websites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. While we were in China, we could access just […]

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