M R .   R O W E N ' S   T R A V E L S
January 29th, 2001
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Hi, my name is Rowen Sandel and for the past three years I have been teaching third grade at Highland Elementary School in Oakland, California where I'm better known as Mr.Rowen.
On September 1st I began a ten month trip that will bring me to ten countries as I literally go around the world. I plan to visit Norway, Italy, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and Tonga before returning to the U.S. in early June of 2001.
Over the last three years I have had many wonderful students, some of whose families are from Cambodia, Tonga, Vietnam, and Laos and one of the inspirations for this trip came from my desire to visit these countries. I also wanted to visit other places and visit other friends around the world.
This website is an opportunity for the children of Highland to see images and learn stories and information about where they or their classmates come from. But it is not just for my past students, students of Highland, or people whose families are from a country I'm visiting. This site is for anyone, child or adult, who wishes to see new things, think about new ideas, and learn about things they could have only imagined before. It is for anyone who is a life-long-learner and wishes to experience the larger world we live in.
Armed with my digital camera, my trusty web-master Mr. Mark back in San Francisco, and the power of the internet I will be reporting back to you about all my incredible experiences as I go around the world. mrrowen.com is a work in progress. We will constantly be updating it and adding new features and opportunities to learn.
So, log on when you can and see where I am, what I've been doing, and what's going on on the other side of the world. Thanks, see you all soon, and be good.