Dec 032010
 
The Glow of Appreciation after 2 Years Without Winter

The resounding song in my universe since returning from nine months of travel has been entitled: “Appreciation!”

There is nothing like being away from something for a time to make you re-see it in its original glory.

That said, life isn’t always a happy-shmappy song. Right now, for instance, I’m in a nutty mood.  My daily 5:30am alarm this morning was not enough to force me out of bed fast enough to catch the [...Read More!]

Dec 022010
 
The Sexiest Buildings in Boston: Part 5

All right, so our chat about Boston architecture has taken a rather irreverent turn, with articles on the Un-Sexiest Building in Boston (about a building so infamous that a Bostonian friend currently living in the Dominican Republic said she knew what the article was about without even opening it), followed by a post on two Sexy-Ugly Buildings.

But let’s get back to pure beauty.

Gaze, my friends, upon Downtown Boston’s Custom House Tower! [...Read More!]

Nov 282010
 
A Fascinating Context Tour of Boston's Big Dig, Part 1

The first thing you must know is that Teachers frequently make atrocious Students.

We’re used to be the ones doing the explaining.  We’re used to being in control.  Our job necessitates that we move and talk constantly in order to be effective, not sit obediently and listen.

Hence, ironically, Teachers can be really annoying folks to have on the other side of a classroom.

This is to say that when a friend suggested that [...Read More!]

Nov 152010
 
A Home Decorating Tip to Keep Travel Memories Alive

You’re back from traveling around the world.  Your blog has over 400 articles documenting every single day of the journey.  Now what?

There’s one tip for sure: print out those photos and plaster the walls of your new home with them to remember the loveliness of distant countries each and every day!

Now here’s the awesome part: it is CRAZY cheap to order and print digital photos with a click of your mouse! [...Read More!]

Oct 312010
 
Weird Warping of Big Holidays During Extended Travel

It hit me as I was proctoring Study Hall this past Friday, gazing at the sea of sweet Boston students clad as: Lady Gaga, a bumble bee, a red M&M, and a giant Teletubby.

I suddenly realized I had absolutely no memory of what I did for Halloween, 2009.

I racked my brain.  My Vietnam visa ran out at the end of October, 2009, so I was likely in Laos on October 31. [...Read More!]

Oct 292010
 
On Mafia Wars Addiction, or: How Blogging Saved Me

Confession: I used to be a Mafia Wars addict.  Like… a REALLY bad Mafia Wars addict.

For those who are blissfully unaware, Mafia Wars is a game through the Zynga platform on Facebook which involves clicking buttons over and over (and over) again to “Do Jobs” and perform “Hits” against other players in order to gain loot and status.  It’s brainless.  It’s utterly enjoyable.  It’s magnetically addictive.

In 2009, before I left America [...Read More!]

Oct 222010
 
My New Second Website: TeachingTraveling.com

The happiness of teaching and traveling…

I have just given birth again!

After the successful first year of this delightful, pudgy baby, AroundTheWorldL.com, passion has once again led to creation: my shiny new second site, TeachingTraveling.com!

Allow me to answer some preemptive Frequently Asked Questions about this birth:

Q: What is the difference between AroundTheWorldL.com and TeachingTraveling.com?

A: AroundtheWorldL.com is about me (and students with whom I work closely), following my journeys around the world [...Read More!]

Oct 072010
 
The Cheapest Birthday Gift You'll Ever Give?

Today is my 29th birthday!  Yay!

Want to give a gift?  Help me further expand the readership of this website, which has now cracked the Top 50 mark of the TravelBlogSites.com independent travel blog rankings at #47!

Here are options for how to give this gift:

1. Simply read and comment on an article (or three) among the 400+ on this site!  I’ve put a ton [...Read More!]

Oct 022010
 
The Sexiest Buildings in Boston: Part 4

I will make you a $1 bet based on 28 years of experience.

If you are strolling with a new-to-Boston buddy, the moment you point to the Massachusetts State House dome and explain: “That dome is coated with real gold!” your companion will INEVITABLY spout out some version of the following:

“Let’s go scrape that gold off now and sell it for a million bucks!”

Perhaps you think I’m a daredevil for wagering money [...Read More!]

Sep 262010
 
The Fifth Annual Marshmallow Fluff Festival!

The first thing you should know about the annual “What the Fluff” Marshmallow Fluff Festival of Somerville, Massachusetts is that it is delicious.  You will gain five to ten pounds between 3 pm and 7 pm.  The second thing you should know is that the Fluff Fest is freaking hilarious.  And the third thing you should know is that it is jam-packed with fluff-themed… burlesque dancers.  They wear fishnet stockings and [...Read More!]