It was a fitting metaphor for a course covering geopolitical and socioeconomic fluxes. 5am wakeup calls aside, our group of sleepy students - herded by professors Irmy Schweiger and Monika Gänssbauer - successfully boarded. Sustained by lack of sleep, the breakfast buffet was a welcome source of croissants and caffeine for the full day of poster presentations.

Varied topics matched the diversity of each student’s academic interests. Papers on Chinese science-fiction, China-Pakistan economies, plastic surgery in Japan & Korea, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution, Korean tv dramas and Chinese- American foodways were presented, breaking only for change of boat and lunch where we were spoiled with good food, fantastic conversation and stellar sea views. It was a physically and mentally taxing trip but intellectually rewarding as the animated chatter of students confirmed after our boat docked in Stockholm and we chattered away in the cool Autumn air.

Text by Ting Yiu.