March 1, 2013

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Turning a New Page

Five months ago, I left the United States to embark on an indefinite trip around the world. I sold all my possessions and left my job and friends behind to pursue a new life on the road. By late December, I had visited Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Spain. At that point, I was at [...]

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December 20, 2012

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The Reality of Travel is Things Change

Istanbul tulips

People are always asking me what I’ve learned from traveling, and what advice I would give to other travelers. Well, today I’m going to tell you that piece of advice: Take time to make plans for your trip; then don’t be afraid to change them. Travel = Change In life in general, situations and people [...]

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December 11, 2012

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Impressions of a Hindu Diwali Festival in London

Hindu Temple in London

LONDON. We always hear about it. It’s one of the globe’s greatest cities. It’s a city that represents refined English culture and royalty. In the minds of the world, London often conjures images of Princess Diana, high tea, red double decker buses, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace, to name a few.   But wait a [...]

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November 17, 2012

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Remembering My Past and Looking for the Future

There’s something very important about me that many of you don’t know much about. It has to do with my past. I have decided to share a bit of my story with you today… Searching for Purpose and Meaning Almost three months ago, I quit my job. Many of you probably already know this fact. [...]

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November 13, 2012

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Europe Off the Beaten Path: Scoraig, Scotland

Before leaving for my trip through Europe, I have to admit that I was very cynical. I thought Europe was going to be grossly overrun with tourists and that it would be next to impossible to escape them. My hope was to discover Europe off the beaten path, but deep down I don’t think I [...]

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November 2, 2012

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A Journey into Britain’s Mordor: Kinlochleven, Scotland

Mountains near Kinlochleven

“Did you realize you are heading straight into Mordor?!” the Scottish guy sitting next to me on the Inverness-Fort William bus exclaimed. He had just asked me where I was going, and I had told him the name of my destination: Kinlochleven. “It’s the darkest place in the UK. They get the least annual sunshine [...]

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October 31, 2012

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Wednesday’s Word of the Week: A Few Irish Curses

Irish Gaelic, or simply “Irish,” is a Celtic language related to Scottish Gaelic, and more distantly to Welsh and Breton. Something that I wasn’t expecting before I arrived in Ireland is that most Irish people have at least some knowledge of the language. This has to do with the fact that Irish is now taught [...]

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October 28, 2012

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Photo Essay: Belfast’s Murals and Street Art

Ireland Palestinian solidarity

There is one main reason why Belfast attracts visitors and tourists. People come because they are fascinated by the decades-long sectarian conflict between the city’s Protestants and Catholics. Belfast’s many walls, murals, and street art are probably the best visible reminder of this conflict and history. Before coming to Belfast, I was a bit critical [...]

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October 25, 2012

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The Benefits of Learning a Language

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Love, money, intelligence, travel. Those are the four main benefits of learning a language, according to Kaplan’s Inspire Language Learning: Blogger Competition. As part of the competition, I was asked to choose which of these is the most convincing reason to become multilingual. In fact, any one of these four could be great motivation to [...]

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October 19, 2012

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Off the Tourist Trail: Visiting Eastern Scotland

Montrose, Angus

When most people think of Scotland, their eyes get dreamy and they start imagining Loch Ness, rugged highlands and glens, and kilt-clad bagpipers. What most people don’t realize is that there is an entirely different side to Scotland. The eastern side to be exact. Relaxing in the Port Town of Montrose I wasn’t sure what [...]

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