So for each class that a professor teaches on the ship they have a mandatory field lab the students need to go on. You start thinking about this 8 months out when you do your first draft of the syllabus. Because John is teacingh a lens class (World Geography) to 90 students, we actually had to create 2 field labs to divide up the students. I get to go on all the field labs (yay!) Here are our World Geography field labs:

Nato Headquaters

Nato Headquaters

The Building Blocks of Modern Europe: The EU and NATO (Antwerp port)
“In the first half of the day, we will visit the Brussels headquarters of the European Commission (EC), the executive branch of the European Union (EU). In the afternoon, we will jump into some serious basic training about the most successful military union of all time: NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.” This one should be pretty neat, as we had a student whose uncle works for NATO so we’re going to get an inside tour!

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach

Turning the Tide for Europe: A Visit to Omaha Beach (Le Havre, France port)
We’re going to visit many of the memorials, cemeteries, and museums of the DDay invasion. This should be a poignant day and I’m looking forward to it.

For Geography of Wine we only needed 1 lab for the whole class:

Central Portugal Terroir: Setúbal Peninsula Wine/Cheese Tour 

“We will be visiting a couple wineries right smack in the middle of the country, and inside the rapidly developing Portuguese ‘Silver Coast.’ After an assessment of the local terroir, we will take a winery tour with tasting at Quinta da Bassaqueira Winery in the area of wine Azeitão, the “heart” of the Setúbal Peninsula. After lunch, we will then visit Museu do Queijo de Azeitao: a museum dedicated to the art of traditional cheese-making located in an 18th century courtyard which is incorporated into a dairy farm. The afternoon will be finished with a visit Jose Maria de Fonseca Winery in the same village, which includes an expansive underground cellar tour.”

Jose Maria de Fonseca underground cellar

Jose Maria de Fonseca underground cellar

So I actually planned 90% of this trip myself, so I’m doubly excited! I contact each winery and the cheese farm and there should be some delicious wine tasting and cheese making. At the cheese farm we can get dirty and help with the making of the cheese. Super neat! The only downfall is we were suppose to have a lunch at the first winery paired with their wines, but it is over the normal cost for field labs. So we’re going to try to bring cheeses and meats to try with the wines at the two wineries.

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