Gdańsk’s history is one tied directly to its central strategic location. This is probably most well known in relationship to the start of World War II; but this is modern history for this city on the sea. Gdańsk marks where the Vistula River trading routes meet the Baltic Sea and this trade and strategic location of markets where goods like grain and amber could connect to the sea has made Gdansk a beautiful, well situated, and dynamic place.
Today, it served as another strategic location – the start of the Coastal Cities course. Gdańsk has been a perfect start to our comparative approach with beautiful weather, a vibrant city center, and a welcoming community.
The Coastal Cities Course traveled from Milwaukee via Chicago and Copenhagen to Gdansk.
Day One: Lake Michigan to the Baltic Sea
Today is departure day. We’ll be leaving our more familiar coast of Lake Michigan and arriving in Gdansk tomorrow evening. Thanks to WUWM’s Lake Effect for a parting story on the trip. Click here for the story by Susan Bence.
Faculty and students from Alverno College participate in a beach clean up at South Shore Park.
Students enjoyed a taste of life on a 1,000 ft. freighter during a sunny winter Milwaukee day.
Students and faculty are preparing for our trip to the Baltic Sea. As each day passes, it feels more and more like spring. After a long, hard winter of studying Milwaukee, we will welcome the spring days in Gdansk, Kalmar, Malmö, and Copenhagen May 22-June 1!