May 202012
 
The Blues Brothers at the Parthenon of Athens, Greece

“I’m not leaving the Acropolis until we get a photo with those Blues Brothers!” I declared to my companions from our Greece Teacher Tour.

We were standing next to the 2,500-year-old Parthenon (the “Most Perfect Building Ever Created”) under the radiant sun in Athens… but I couldn’t take my eyes off of the five men dressed in spiffy black suits who were milling around like typical tourists.

“Why do you think they’re wearing [...Read More!]

May 072012
 
Heavenly Orange Picking With Kittens in Nafplio, Greece

Just when our teacher tour thought Nafplio, Greece couldn’t get any more gorgeous and charming, the owner of our hill-top hotel invited us to go orange picking in his private orchard!

We decided to get our hands on those oranges on our last morning in Nafplio, as a heavenly pit-stop on our bus travel back to Athens.

Walk with me now as we pull into the orchard, climb off the bus, scamper past [...Read More!]

Apr 192012
 
Nudity and Peace at the Original Olympic Site in Greece

I never realized the sheer amount of nudity in the ancient Olympic Games until our teacher tour of Olympia, Greece this week.

“The ancient Greek Olympic Games took place from 776 B.C.E. to 394 C.E.,” our guide, Mara, explained. “The athletes were all men, and they were all… NAKED. They were also covered in oil.”

“Whoa!” gasped one teacher traveler, aghast. “Were the spectators nude, too?”

“Well,” Mara laughed, “Funny story. The only people [...Read More!]

Apr 182012
 
Scandalous Facts Behind the Oracle of Delphi in Greece

What actually happened during the hundreds of years between 720 B.C.E. and 395 A.D. when ancient Greeks consulted the Oracle of Delphi? Who was this magical woman named Pythia whose advice changed history?

In our teacher group walking tour of Delphi, we learned shocking facts to explain the history of the Oracle.

1. Ethylene gas in the nose. The Oracle of Delphi was actually several different women from the village below. They were [...Read More!]

Apr 172012
 
In Greece, Can I Buy Man-Cave Decor for a Vegetarian?

If you’re totally baffled by the title of this article, just read on.

Research suggests that in marriage, men need a room of their own to do Man Things. This sanctuary is often referred to by the term: “Man-Cave.” A Man-Cave is the sanctuary in a shared home in which a man can be a MAN, and the lady of the house stays out.

In our house, my fiancé has a Man-Cave, and [...Read More!]

Apr 162012
 
Touring the Sites of Greek Myth and Legend in Person

“If you look to the valley below us,” our guide, Mara, instructed our busload of teachers touring Greece, “you will see the crossroads where Oedipus killed his father.”

“WHAT?!” I gasped, nearly inhaling the sesame-seed-encrusted almond in my mouth.

For three different years of my eight-year teaching career, I’ve taught kids the scandalous play, Oedipus Rex… and now we were driving by the actual scene of the crime?!

If you’re not familiar with the infamous legend [...Read More!]

Apr 122012
 
Xiu Na: Surprises at the Beijing Zoo and Summer Palace

Article #12 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Xiu Na, Age 15, 9th Grade in Boston. Born in Southern China, came to the U.S. at age 3.

Q: What were your favorite parts of our China trip, and why?

A: My favorite parts were the Beijing Zoo, the Great Wall of China, and the Hutong neighborhood.

I liked the zoo because I love animals in general, and the panda [...Read More!]

Mar 252012
 
Terry: The 798 Art Zone Was The Coolest Place in Beijing

Article #10 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Terry, Age 17, 12th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from Vietnam and China.

Q: Terry, tell the readers about the crazy 798 Art Zone in Beijing!

A: The 798 Art Zone we visited was the coolest place I’ve ever been in China, and we saw a lot of places!

It used to be a giant factory complex, and [...Read More!]

Mar 012012
 
Nathaniel: How to Bargain with Vendors in Beijing, China

Article #7 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Nathaniel, Age 15, 10th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from Colombia.

Q: You really learned a lot about money and dealing with vendors on this China trip! Tell us some details.

A: The first day of the trip we toured Tienanmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace, and it was the first day [...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!]