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!]

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!]

Jan 312012
 
African American History of Boston in a Tour and Timeline

When many people think of Black-White race relations in Boston, they often think of the violent racial battles in the 1970s over forced desegregation of Boston Public Schools through busing.

Either that, or, if they’re not from Boston, they think of the zillion recent Tough White Gangster Boston movies like “The Departed” and ask, “Wait, there are Black people in Boston?”

Guess what, folks? Boston actually has a LONG, RICH African-American History!

I am [...Read More!]