Posted by: Ginny Prior | January 10, 2012



Welcome to the Saint Mary’s College website for “Around the world in 28 days”. Join us as we take you llama-trekking in Redwood Regional Park, wine-tasting at the site of Sonoma’s first mission, exploring on the wild San Mateo coast and rumbling through the streets of San Francisco in a boat on wheels. Students taking this 2015 Jan Term class will also find information about our guests, class assignments and more on this site.

Posted by: Ginny Prior | February 4, 2015

SMC Travelers trek with Llamas

You can spend thousands of dollars flying to Machu Picchu for a llama trek, or you can take a Jan Term hike with llamas in Oakland’s Redwood Regional Park. Prisilla Jih takes you there:

Sally Robertson puts you in the experience with this podcast/video.

Brett Schroeder turns his video lens on one llama in particular. Meet MacIntosh:

And here is a colorful podcast (llama sounds and all) produced by Kayla Silva



Posted by: Ginny Prior | January 22, 2015

Sonoma: Past and Present

By Litzia Martin

I stood there. Silently inhaling the aged scent of what I could imagine once smelled like incense and burning candles. Now all that remained was the faint aroma like that of a childhood toy found in the attic after many years: a bit old and musty but comforting at the same time. Read More…

Posted by: Ginny Prior | January 22, 2015

Sonoma: Wines and Vines Enlighten

img_0543By Audrey Chase

I can still feel the silky texture on my tongue as I savor the subtle notes of a liquid I barely understood. I’ve never been a wine connoisseur, but after my trip to Cline Cellars in Sonoma I now understand why some people choose this as their profession. I’ve always know that I prefer red to white when it comes to wine, but I never knew just how good it could be. Read More…

Posted by: Ginny Prior | January 15, 2015

SMC Travelers turn lens on Half Moon Bay


Our first travel assignment was to create a informative and entertaining slideshow on our travels to this bucolic coastal town. This is a photo of the 1911 Half Moon Bay Feed & Fuel, taken by Michelle Stark. See her slideshow here.

Ahhhh, the beach. Here’s a scene captured by Brett Schroeder captured.



And here is a slideshow with music, created by Elizabeth Cruz.

and another produced by Priscilla Jih

Posted by: Ginny Prior | February 9, 2013

SMC Travelers produce radio vignettes for NPR’s Audiolog

The 150th anniversary feature will air on Tom Wilmer’s popular NPR radio show Audiolog in late February (time and date TBA). Below are some of the audio podcasts (many with extra credit videos) that will be used in the one hour special. Alexia Jarvis, who works in the library archives, kicks off the show with this highlight of Saint Mary’s history and traditions:

Michael McDonough sits down with SMC’s longest serving President – Brother Mel Anderson – for this Audiolog segment:

Brother Mel Anderson interview

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Posted by: Ginny Prior | January 30, 2013

A San Francisco Treat: Seeing the City by Duck Boat

"Captain Jarvis" pilots the "boat"

“Captain Jarvis” pilots the “boat”

By Alexia Jarvis

Diving into water? Sure.  But driving into water?  Usually that is something you aim to avoid, unless you are safely tucked in an amphibious World War II vehicle called a DUKW (Duck) boat.  So when the captain of my DUKW boat tour pointed the would be bow towards the grey water, and the wheels slowly rolled into the bay part of me was certain the metal behemoth was going to plop into the bay and sink like a rock.  But it did just the opposite.

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Posted by: Ginny Prior | January 23, 2013

SMC Travelers explore Trip Advisor’s top U.S. wine destination

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Our intrepid travelers meet the public relations experts at the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau and get ready to cover the town for their travel blogs. Here are links to some of their articles:

Below is the video that student Jamie Douglas made of her adventures:

Posted by: Ginny Prior | January 18, 2013

The Pride of Sonoma

By Karena Villa

Sonoma, California is  a vibrant town equally rich in exquisite wines, as well as, Californian history. Sonoma sits comfortably between the towns of Napa, American Canyon, and Petaluma in the greater bay area of Northern California. Sonoma is the number one wine destination in the United States and the second wine destination world-wide. Home to a vast array of culinary delights, delectable confectioneries,  over one hundred renowned wineries, and dozens of historical sites, Sonoma will enrich your taste buds and cultivate your appreciation for Californian history. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE: California.


Posted by: Ginny Prior | January 17, 2013

Five Sweet Sonoma Destinations

Photo by Michael McDonough

Photo by Michael McDonough

By Gia Brusa

Historically, the city of Sonoma boasts a long list of impressive facts. Not only was it originally inhabited by the native Miwok, Pomo and Wintun Indian tribes, but it was also the location of the northernmost California Mission, Mission San Francisco Solano. Currently Sonoma still plays a significant role in the establishment of modern history as well.


Posted by: Ginny Prior | January 16, 2013

Livermore, CA- More than just wine country

First Street Alehouse

First Street Alehouse

By Jamie Douglas

Livermore is an old ranch town converted into a modern city with a small, but hip downtown space.  While many people visit Livermore’s wine country to taste at one of 50+ wineries in city limits, there are a few select attractions worth sprinkling between those barrel rooms.

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