Cross That Bridge: A Journey With Semester At Sea

Sitting in on my last Global Studies class today, a voice whispered to me…
One day you finally knew what you had to do and began,
though the voices around you kept shouting,
though the whole house trembled,
though the wind pried it’s stiff fingers around your very foundation,
though the melancholy was terrible.
Little by little you left their voices behind
and the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice which you recognised as your own.
As you strode deeper and deeper into the world,
determined to do the only thing you could do-
determined to save the only life you could save.

Long live this journey!

– Sony Stark, Pregnant With Poetry

Sony Stark, New York-based videographer, has just returned from a 3-month trip shooting a documentary on Semester At Sea, an international education program best described as “university on a ship”. Through her trip, she posted articles about Vietnam, India, Myanmar, Mauritius Island, South Africa, Brazil, and Venezuela for GoNomad, a website promoting alternative ways of travelling. Besides those cities, she has also travelled to Hong Kong, China, Japan, Hawaii, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, NYC, and Quebec City. She is also currently working together with GoNomad to create a 13-episode series on adventure travel and volunteer work.

Her blog, which chronicles her trip as well as the rest of her travelling life, is at crossthatbridge, so if you’re curious about Semester at Sea, multi-country educational programs, or alternative travel in general, do pay her a visit.

It would be interesting to see the TV show once it airs; it sounds like Globe Trekker or Lonely Planet Six Degrees but with an altruistic, educational twist. Perhaps this will bring alternative travel-based education programs some much needed attention, awareness, and publicity.

Thank you to BlogHer for the tip!

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2 Responses

  1. In response to the GoNomad post on your visit to Burma, I’d like to point out that the National League for Democracy and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi have asked the international community to sanction the SPDC as well as maintain a tourism boycott. It seems like the shipboard education you received on Burma failed to provide a balanced portrayal of the US sanctions debate, as well. Please visit and for more information from those who are encouraging sanctions and the tourism boycott. The main crux of the argument is that the Burmese economy is one of the most represssed in the world. Because of the military’s strangehold on all sectors of the economy, it’s impossible not to financially benefit the military regime when visiting or investing in Burma. Visitors, unless they try extraordinarily hard to reach out to those who risk their lives to promote democracy and human rights, are thus made unwitting accomplices to the SPDC’s human rights abuses, which include military rape, torture, extrajudicial executions, the holding of 1200 political prisoners, forced labor, forced relocation, and the forcible conscription of more child soldiers than any other country in the world. Do e-mail if you’re interested in starting a discussion.

  2. Hi Cristina,

    The GoNomad article about the visit to Burma/Myanmar isn’t mine – it’s Sony Stark’s, the writer of the crossthatbridge blog.

    I’m not sure of her email address, but you may want to visit her blog at and start a discussion with her personally. 🙂

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