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Semester at Sea: Farewell to Family in Finland

The MV Explorer, Semester at Sea's ship, docked in Helsinki.

Docking in Finland in early August was bittersweet: Helsinki was where I said good-bye to my family after eight weeks of sailing around Europe with them on the Semester at Sea 2014 summer voyage. Eight weeks of nearly constant togetherness (when I wasn't working--which, admittedly, was a lot). Eight weeks of exploring eight different ports, sampling countless new foods, mastering unfamiliar transportation, and hiking new-to-us trails in the European countryside. My husband and kids needed to leave the ship two weeks before the end of the summer voyage, namely so my daughter could get home to start high school fall sports practice. So, in Finland, besides one family walk along the marina for some post-ship-dinner ice cream, I was largely on my own. And that ended up okay: TEDx Semester [Read more]

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