Feb 282012
 
Elaina: What I Appreciate in Boston after Travel to Beijing

Article #5 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Elaina, Age 14, 9th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from America.

Q: How have you changed since you traveled to China?

A: In China, all the websites I use like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Docs, and more are blocked by the government, and you can’t use them.

While I was on the trip, I was always [...Read More!]

Feb 262012
 
Toan: Eating BIZARRE Foods at the Beijing Night Market

Article #4 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Toan, Age 18, 11th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from Vietnam.

Q: During our free hour in Beijing’s Night Market, word is that you sampled some INSANE foods. What exactly happened?

A: Well, first I went around trying to look for the scorpion. That was the first food I wanted to eat.

All the exotic foods in the market were [...Read More!]

Feb 262012
 
Michelle: Travel to China as a Chinese-American Student

Article #3 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Michelle, Age 15, 9th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from China.

Q: What was the craziest thing for you, traveling through China as a Chinese-American student?

A: When we got to China, Xiu Na (another Chinese-American BPS student on the trip) and I had the exact faces of Asian Chinese people who live there. So when the Chinese people [...Read More!]

Feb 252012
 
Julio: Life Changes and Revelations from China Travel

Article #2 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Julio, Age 16, 9th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from El Salvador.

Q: What was the best part of our week in China for you?

A: Honestly, a highlight of the whole trip was the Silk and Cotton Markets because something very unique to China was the bargaining. Most kids in the U.S. never get to experience bargaining because [...Read More!]

Feb 252012
 
John: How the Great Wall Made Me Appreciate Teachers

Article #1 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By John, Age 17, 11th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from Vietnam.

Q: John, what did climbing the Great Wall make you realize?

A: I pay so much respect to the Great Wall of China because it is over 3,000 miles long. That is as far as the distance between Boston and California! I [...Read More!]

Feb 242012
 
China Travel With 42 Boston Students Was Wonderful!

HOORAY! We are all safely back from a phenomenal student tour in China!

I burst into tears of emotion when my fiance picked me up at the airport last night, so happy was I about what we accomplished over the past 8 days.

Here are the facts:

On the morning of Thursday 2/16/12, after a YEAR of planning, fundraising, and meetings, 42 Boston Students and 6 Boston teachers boarded a plane from Boston to [...Read More!]

Feb 142012
 
Two Secrets on How to Save Lots of Money on a Wedding

“Oooh, Miss M.!” squealed my students the day after I got engaged. “Your diamond engagement ring is HUGE!”

Well, folks, it’s time to come clean. I do not have a diamond engagement ring.

What I really have is… a $25 crystal ring. Hah!!!!!

Colin and I bought the fake ring together, laughing uproariously the whole time, from the back of a sketchy store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. ”The funniest part about this,” I squeaked amid gales of [...Read More!]

Feb 062012
 
Why Giant Tour Group Travel in Toledo, Spain Didn't Stink

“Sell-out!” jeered a cyber-heckler when I posted my article about going on a 3-day Florida-Bahamas Cruise.

So I can only imagine this heckler’s horror when he learned that this “brave solo world traveler” (a.k.a. me) super “sold out” and accepted a free 40-person teacher travel tour to Spain over New Year’s through EF Tours.

Why are many hip travelers so against the idea of large-group travel? 

“Ugh– It’s like being in a bubble of [...Read More!]