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Posted Apr 2, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
As part of the Terrascope team, I worked with the students enrolled in 12.000, teaching the students to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) that helped them address the complex problem of Carbon Storage and Sequetration (CSS). Students in the Mission 2013 class used GIS to find the lowest cost... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
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Sitting in the London Airport with the return to Boston ever looming, I can't help but feel sentimental about the end of out trip. This whirlwind week has been absolutely incredible, mostly due to the amazing friendships I've made, the thought provoking discussions I've had, and the memories we've all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
As we approach the end of our trip, I realize exactly how much reality has changed. The past five days have been a dream—a swirl of sleep-deprived, late-night conversation, desert walks (with sand, with mud, with microbes); solar panels, construction, palaces galore; power points, young innovators, old money makers, microphones,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
Yesterday, our visit to the mud flats was great. After hours of lectures the previous day, getting outside was wonderful. The wind was blowing and it wasn’t unbearably hot. The desert surrounded us with a few shrubs, and oil rig, and mirages off in the distance. We took off our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
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Feeling mighty fine Feeling mighty fine at this time, yes I am Feeling mighty fine Feeling mighty fine at this time, yes indeed I really couldn’t describe the mood any better. Not only does the Mighty Fine Blues by the Eels capture how amazing yesterday, along with the whole past... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
This blog follows the spring trip adventures of MIT’s Terrascope Program. Terrascope is a learning program for MIT freshman. Each year the program begins with the class (12.000 Solving Complex Problems, Mission 201x). This year, Mission 2013 was charged with developing a comprehensive plan to deal with the global rise... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
The past couple of days have been quite different from the first. Lots of lectures, lots of learning. Learning about what we're supposed to be learning, not about all the random strange things that we've thought about along the way. That's not to say that all of the the extra... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
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Today was such a stark contrast from the extravagance and wealth we saw yesterday in Abu Dhabi. Our day was devoted to learning about Masdar, a government funded initiative that is pursuing various means to increase sustainability and renewable energy technology in the United Arab Emirates. Comprised of five branches... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
Today the fun really began. First the breakfast. It was buffet style, and of course I had to take a little bit of everything. There were pancakes, sausages, a french-toast-like cassarole. There were dumplings with soy sauce, indian rice cakes, beans, and an unidentified white pudding. There was fresh orange... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
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A dazzling place I never knew That's really the best description of our first full day in Abu Dhabi. Despite the cheesiness, our day's activities really are best summarized through the classic magic carpet ride song from Aladdin. Plus, given that a lot of what we did today was rather... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
Everything about Abu Dhabi seemed magical from the very moment I stepped off the airplane and into the airport. The sweet scent of freshly blown dust, the soft green glow in the domes, and the warm touch of a humid climate contrasted starkly with the chipper winds, bright red city... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
We're here-- fresh off the plane (or probably not so fresh), all 55 of us, through immigration and into a whole new world. Even the airport was incredible. We walked into a circular room with a hole in the center that looked down on the lower level. The ceiling was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
A collection of MIT students, continuously overflooded with problem sets, essays, exams, interviews, research... and suddenly, before we know it: We're on SPRING BREAK!? This weeklong vacation could not have come at a more opportune moment. We are ready to de-stress and explore. So, Abu Dhabi, beware. We ARE powerful.... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 20, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
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Feeling like P. Diddy. Oh, yes. Upon the urging of others, I did indeed choose Tick Tock by Kesha for this post. Granted, beyond the first few lines the song fails to capture the essence of the moment, it's just the first few lines are so fitting, and having just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
After having my 118 mL bottle of contact solution taken out at security (because they have decreased the limit to 100 from 200 since the last time I travelled), I successfully made it through security, yet again, this time waiting for our plane to Abu Dhabi. We flew into Heathrow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
So, I've decided to attempt and theme my blogging through music. The idea is, with each post, I'll choose a song I find in some form captures the mood of the day, so, as we go, not only do we build memories but also create a soundtrack to our trip.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
The trip has officially begun. I guess. We're in the airport, all huddled together, waiting. It's 7:30 and our flight doesn't leave for another two hours. We've already been waiting for 1. It's a little anti-climatic. Not many people are sleeping (I don't think many slept last night either), but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2010 at Mission 2013's Travel Blog
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