Wednesday, October 31, 2007

around the world, day #17 con’t

day #17 Cochin, India port #3

Chinese fishing nets.

the kids came onboard to do a performance for the passengers.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

recently, in Japan

chestnuts fallen off the trees.


cheese cake at my apartment.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

around the world day #17

day #17 Cochin, India port #3

we spent the day with the kids from the Born Free Art School (see day #13). we went on a river boat ride.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

around the world, days #12 - #16

day #16 con’t onboard, free space

books for the school in India. in Japan people donate English books, then they are brought onboard and passengers can pay 10 dollars or 1,000 yen to write a message in one of the books and then it goes on to the school.

day #16 onboard, 7th floor

i’m sitting at a table on the 7th floor talking with one of my students, who is an amazing poet, painter and singer when “the doll lady” comes up to discuss something with her. she carries the doll with her everywhere she goes as she has for the past thirteen years.

day #15 onboard, Broadway

Okinawan drumming dance done here for Okinawa Memorial Day. on March 24th 1945 there was a an air raid by American troops. over 200,000 people including Okinawan civilians and both Japanese and American soldiers died until Japan ended resistance on June 23rd.

day #14 onboard

Yaqoub’s boarding card. needed for getting on and off the boat, and for purchasing drinks at the bars.

day #13 onboard, Broadway

John Devaraj and Mioi Nakayama are from Born Free Art School in India which is a special school exclusively for street children, working children, and freed bonded labor children. they are doing a dance performance where John is sneaking up on Mioi, a jaguar, to shoot an arrow at her.

day #12 onboard, Sunshine bar

Rocio, Spanish teacher, from Switzerland and Spain.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

around the world, days #9 - #11

day #9 onboard, pool deck

a bunch of women.

day #10 onboard, free space

working the article 9 petition singing table. Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is a "No War" clause. It went into effect on May 3, 1947, immediately after World War II.

ARTICLE 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

day #11 Singapore, port #2

we arrived in Singapore on Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday and did a bit to show our support for her and her cause in Burma.

we walked around Little India and Arab Street.

and ended up at Jon’s (another teacher on the boat) Aunt’s house for swimming and dinner.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

around the world, days #5 - #8

day#8 Hoi An, Vietnam

went to My Son ruins and walked around Hoi An.

day #7 Da Nang, Vietnam, port #1

our first of 29 ports. on our way from Da Nang to Hoi An by taxi.

day #6 onboard


day #5 con’t onboard, Broadway

Gus Miclat was the first international guest lecturer to come onboard for this voyage. he is talking about the problems in Mindanao, Philippines, where he is from, and the ways he and his group, International Initiative of Discussion, are working toward a more peaceful situation. he is also a representative of GPPAC, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. he pauses here for his English to be interpreted into Japanese.

day #5 con’t Pacific Ocean


Friday, October 12, 2007

around the world, days #1 - #5

day #5 onboard, Broadway

our job would, at times, be better described as entertainer than teacher. here we are doing a skit in front of about 300 people to encourage them to attend the free classes that we offer.

day #4 onboard, Broadway

fanning, reading, writing, listening, and sleeping, at one of many orientations. (Broadway is the largest theater on the boat)

day #3 onboard, muster station D (Broadway)

recalling scenes from the movie Titanic during an evacuation drill.

day #2 Kobe, Japan

and the rest got on here.

day #1 Yokohama, Japan

lots of good-byes. most of the passengers got on the boat here.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

two women

first port of the voyage around the world. Hoi An, Vietnam.