Dec 152012
 
How Travel Unlocks a Secret Layer, As Seen in Greece

The wind atop Greece’s Acropolis whipped my hair like a milkshake as I stared at the towering stone women. Why did they look so familiar?

“You are looking at the Caryatid Porch of Erechtheion,” our guide told our teacher tour group, “built around 420 BCE… over 2,400 years ago.”

I knew I had seen those statues before back in Boston… and often. But where?

“The design is remarkable,” our guide continued. “Each woman is [...Read More!]

Nov 282012
 
Why Being a Teacher is the Best Job: The OTHER Reason

“Miss!” one of my seventh graders yelled, “There’s fake blood all over the wall!”

The kids acting the Hammurabi skit froze as we all whipped our heads around. Sure enough, the entire wall— my “Class Objectives” whiteboard, our vocabulary words, and the stately blue paint— were splattered with red carnage. But that wasn’t all. A river of fake blood streaked the wooden floor, and the clothes of the student actors were polka-dotted [...Read More!]

Nov 222012
 
A Gift Shopping Secret to Save Money and Boost Love

According to the theory “The 5 Love Languages,” each person has a different ranking of the following five manners of showing and receiving love: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.

What this means is that there is a whole set of people (myself included) for whom gift giving is the lowest ranking way in which we understand love. Shopping for, giving, and receiving gifts is [...Read More!]

Nov 122012
 
Perfect New England Travel: Bike Paths and Farm Stands

There are several secrets to quality New England travel. As you may have seen from my first article about Western Massachusetts travel, my husband, two zany cousins and I have been putting in the research so you can merely sit back and follow our suggestions. It’s been hard work, I tell you! (Burp.)

First, research bike paths in the region of New England that interests you. Triangulate a bike path close to a [...Read More!]

Oct 302012
 
A Hidden Hike in the Beautiful Berkshire Mountains

Remember how one secret to a happy relationship is to take exciting weekend trips? Let’s add to that: Make your relationships even more thrilling by including hilarious and brilliant family members in your travel plans! Ensure that all parties involved enjoy hiking and making dramatic poses in pictures. And eat a lot.

So it was that my husband Colin and I drove three hours on an October Friday evening from Boston to [...Read More!]

Oct 212012
 
Jewish Wedding Traditions in Joyful and Romantic Photos

Today marks the three month anniversary of our epic wedding (married life has been lovely so far, thanks for asking!), so let us commemorate it with a final wedding article: an entertaining yet educational piece using the final photos from our nuptials to illustrate the glorious traditions of a Jewish wedding.

The Ketubah is the sacred Jewish marriage contract, and Colin and I signed it in an intimate room right before the actual wedding ceremony. A Ketubah [...Read More!]

Oct 112012
 
Autumn Leaves, Unplugging, and Living on a Pond Raft

As you saw in my recent fall foliage article, I was in the heart-stoppingly gorgeous middle-of-nowhere, New Hampshire for my birthday. Throughout the weekend, the theme of “unplugging” and “being cut off from civilization” recurred… in part because my husband‘s friend decided to live for 24 hours on a raft and boat.

Let us call this friend “Cory” to mask his identity. See that lake in the photo, above? See the raft forty [...Read More!]

Oct 082012
 
Amazing Fall Foliage in Rainbow New England Glory of NH

A person is a lucky duck to have a birthday in October and live in New England. It’s as if the whole scene is having a rainbow confetti party in your honor!

This weekend I celebrated my thirty-first birthday in a sweet, rural, rented lake house in New Hampshire with my husband, his burly male friends, and a whole bunch of BBQ meat.

A fire crackled constantly in brick fireplace, we mushed together [...Read More!]

Sep 292012
 
Sunset in Back Bay, Boston, Naughty on a Chocolate Tour

I was naughty on the second half of the Boston Chocolate Tour that I attended with a dozen other bloggers. In fact, I got naughty combined with creepy and hallucinatory… and it’s all the fault of the city and the sky.

I was focused on the chocolate and the clan at first… honest I was. The whole first hour and a half, I chomped the deep cocoa squares, smiling through chocolate-creamed teeth, [...Read More!]

Sep 162012
 
Beautiful Wedding Photos for My 500th Blog Article

This is the FIVE-HUNDREDTH article I have written on my Around the World “L” Travel Blog since its birth in 2009! The timing is fitting for three reasons. Read on to hear them…

First, as you can see from these photos, I just got married!

What does that have to do with this site? Well, I started this blog when I left my job to voyage around the world for a year alone in [...Read More!]