One-Year Ago (05-January-2016) — Mexico

Day 01 of 102. Semester at Sea, Spring 2016 Voyage. Ensenada, Mexico.

We rode a bus from San Diego, California to Ensenada, Mexico to board the M/V World Odyssey. Even though the ship had been docked in San Diego to disembark the Fall 2015 students, there is a federal law that prevents non-US registered ships from traveling between US ports. It was a grey and rainy day. We all had to get off the bus to go through immigration in Mexico. After arriving at the cruise terminal in Ensenada, went through the check-in where they made sure we had our passport and yellow-fever vaccination card. The luggage was all inspected for contraband, and finally we were allowed to board the ship. Once on the ship we got our room key, and then had several hours to investigate the public areas that would become home for the next 102 days. After everyone was onboard, we went through the first of several mandatory lifeboat/evacuation drills. Once that was completed, we departed for Hilo, Hawaii.

Troll family visiting the bronze statue on the forward deck of the MV World Odyssey at the cruise terminal in Ensenada, Mexico. (David J Mathre)
Troll family visiting the bronze statue on the forward deck of the MV World Odyssey at the cruise terminal in Ensenada, Mexico. (David J Mathre)
Mandatory lifeboat drill aboard the MV World Odyssey. The students, life long learners, faculty, and staff were required to repeat the drill once a month during the 102 day Spring 2016 voyage. Once the drill was completed, we were cleared to depart Encenada for Hilo, Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 10-30 mm lens (ISO 200, 10 mm, f/3.5, 1/25 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mandatory lifeboat drill aboard the MV World Odyssey. The students, life long learners, faculty, and staff were required to repeat the drill once a month during the 102 day Spring 2016 voyage. Once the drill was completed, we were cleared to depart Encenada for Hilo, Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 10-30 mm lens (ISO 200, 10 mm, f/3.5, 1/25 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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