Loading sand from a big ocean bulker into our barge. Antwerp, 1:00 a.m. on my birthday. The Filipino guys up on the deck of the salty ship told me they brought this sand all the way from Australia. Two months straight of sailing. Whew.
I set sail July 2011 for a year-long adventure: sail Eastbound around the globe by cargo ship and spend time in port cities en route. I boarded a total of 7 ships to travel across the Atlantic, through the Mediterranean, past the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and through the South China Sea to Shanghai. Then, one last ship took me across the Pacific, through the Panama Canal and back to the East Coast where I started.
I made this journey to A) see global trade in action and B) collect stories from the sailors whose work keeps the world running. Back on land, I'm working to share these stories through writing and film, and bringing in collaborators through a series of trans-media storytelling labs.
Visit this link to see the route I traveled: http://g.co/maps/wj5cq
Read my updates from global ports of call: http://transom.org/?cat=63