Jan 092014
 
My Face Is on a Restaurant Advertisement in Africa?!

WHOA! Without my knowledge, I have become the face of a restaurant advertisement in West Africa?!

Late last night I received a shocking message from my friend Alicia, who had been traveling in Africa. “Lillie!” the message read, “Flying down the street in the car on my way to Bojo Beach in Ghana, we passed this sign. I screamed out loud, ‘I KNOW THAT GIRL!’ Are you aware that you are the face [...Read More!]

Jul 082013
 
A Secret To Happy Pregnancy From West Africa Travel

Now halfway through my pregnancy, everything is suddenly so much better. Why? Because I finally realized something. This requires a travel metaphor to explain.

When I lived in Ghana, West Africa in 2010, it was HOT. Look at the first photo in this article and gasp at the massive size of the sun. It was like that every day. HEAT. SUN. HEAT. Bam!

Unfortunately, I dealt with this reality of Ghana like a fool: [...Read More!]

May 302011
 
The Power of One Cheesy 80s Song During World Travel

One of the few songs I had on my small, cheap computer to travel around the world for 9 months was “Rains Down in Africa” by Toto, so you can imagine how many times I listened to it.

There are some songs that, while cheese-tastic, evoke a magical glitter in the air, and for me, Toto’s “Africa” is sure one of them.

So last Thursday, standing under the soaring dome and 100-foot arches [...Read More!]
Feb 032011
 
From Hot Ghana Sweat to Giant Snow Banks, a Year Apart

It is difficult to write this because the heat has been broken in my apartment for five hours, and my bones (finger-bones included) are now ice-encrusted.

Maybe you’ve heard: we’ve had a liiiittle bit of winter weather here in Boston lately! What has it been: 6 giant blizzards in 6 weeks? 8 feet of snow total? Who knows. All I do know for sure is that we’ve had 5 Snow Days which [...Read More!]

Jan 112011
 
8 Great Cities of RTW Travel to Actually Move To and Live

I had a lot of reasons for leaving my career and home to travel around the world in August of 2009, and one of them was a vision of starting a new life abroad.  For the first eight months of my voyage, I was convinced that (after rockin’ out Asia and Africa) I would find the endpoint of my dreams in Barcelona, Spain.

When I arrived in Spain, however, I realized Barcelona [...Read More!]

Dec 302010
 
The 10 Most Yummy Foods of World Travel 2010

Currently the #1 article on this whole site, with over 5,000 views, is a little piece entitled: “The 7 Most Delicious Foods of Around the World 2009.”

Yum!

Now another year of voracious eating has passed, bringing my munching mouth through Ghana, Spain, Portugal, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Burp!  And a world culinary update is due.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the 10 Most Yummy Foods of Around the World Travel, 2010! [...Read More!]

Dec 142010
 
How to Run a Successful International Penpal Exchange

So you dream of global understanding, connection, and communication. What better way to create this than to have students across the world write letters to one another?

Ahh, the romanticized International Penpal Exchange idea: so beautiful and so grand!

And yet, as those of us who have tried it often soon realize… so full of potential mayhem and chaos!

During the three months I volunteered in Sogakope, Ghana, I helped run the Youth Creating [...Read More!]

Sep 082010
 
This Site Featured in the Boston Herald, Tiger-liciously!

“Please please don’t write anything awful,” I begged the reporter over the crackly cellphone line.  “I just got this new job and I really like it and I’m not trying to get thrown out!”

Darren chuckled and calmly replied, “I’m a reporter.  No one would talk to me any more if I violated their trust.  This will be a positive, inspiring story, really.”

The Herald reporter was true to his word, and what [...Read More!]

Aug 192010
 
YCC Ghana's Genius Reading Club Program

We have discussed where clothes you donate might end up, but what about the BOOKS you toss into the “Donation” bin?

Me, I only had a hazy idea of how my old tomes might be used.  Did they find a second life as firewood?  Toilet paper?  Food storage? Sometimes I worried about my cast-off literature’s fate.

And thus it was with absolute joy, during the three months I volunteered in Ghana, that I [...Read More!]

Jun 132010
 
Help Great Ghanaian Students Visit Britain!

We need your help!

In exactly two months, an amazing group of Ghanaian students and teachers from Youth Creating Change of Ghana is scheduled to leave their county for the first time.  For three weeks this August, these hard-working Ghanaians will study and present in the United Kingdom for the return half of a remarkable educational exchange.  That is… if we can raise the funds!

“This Cross-Culture exchange is the best programme I [...Read More!]