27th of November, times 2

Have you ever wished you could simply redo a day? I have always wandered what it would be like – not anymore! Yesterday I woke up and it was Saturday the 27th of November and today I woke up and once again it was Saturday the 27 of November! This anomaly occurred because we passed…

Thanksgiving on a Ship

So this year instead of celebrating thanksgiving with Auntie Zoe and the boys, I spent it on the MV Explorer with my ship family. It was a nice evening where a specially catered meal of turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and a surprise of mac and cheese. The food was actually good for the…

Tokyo

The help of a wonderful man named Tadakazu Watanabe enhanced my time in Tokyo. He is mum’s friend from university and it was so nice of him to agree to show Brittany and I around his home city Tokyo. Kazu picked us up from port right as we arrived in Yokohama and drove us over…

My Japanese Family

We arrived in Kobe around 7am but it took a long time to get off the ship as we had to go through a temperature checker and then be ushered into the port terminal to go through customs and immigration. I did not actually make it out to the meeting area for my home stay…

Shanghai

Our first glimpse of Shanghai was the drive from the train station to the ship. It was a beautiful drive through this very modern city with little hints of Chinese architecture. The skyscrapers were incredible and many of the buildings seemed to defy the laws of gravity! Once back at the ship it took about…

Team Panda Takes on the Great Wall

Quote from a fellow student: “In China if we want Chinese food do we just order food?” Friday the 12th we headed out to the airport around 10am and got on a 2-hour flight to Beijing. The flight was operated by China Southern and there were some lovely amenities on this flight that I had…

Hong Kong

Hong Kong was a really interesting city. It was cool to be docking in an ultra modern very tech-savvy environment after a long stream of 3rd world countries. We got off the ship and walked around the city for most of the day. We got some delicious lunch that included spring rolls (of course!) and…

Mistake

I made a small mistake when I called one of the temples in Cambodia Angkor Thom it is actually called Ta Prohm. It is the one where trees have taken over many of the buildings. Angkor Thom is another temple area that we walked around and was build upwards and like a maze. I just…

Let’s Catch Up

Ok guys get ready for a long one. I have not got a chance to update in a while, as there was a tragedy on the ship in this port. A fellow student, Andre Ramadan died on the ship on Saturday the 6th. I did not know him well but he was on my trip…