May 292010
 
My Interview About Ghana on Amateur Traveler Podcast!

Thrilling!  My interview with Chris Christensen about volunteering in Ghana has just been published on Chris’s world-famous site, Amateur Traveler Podcast!

For the full interview homepage on Amateur Traveler, click here, my dear.

Or, if your finger is a tad lazy, the entire interview can be played right here, by clicking this button:

Amateur Traveler Episode 234 – Travel to Ghana

If this chat whets your appetite, there are over 90 articles on this very [...Read More!]

May 282010
 
3 More Awesome Things About America

Let’s sing a little (slightly amended) Joni Mitchell:

“Don’t it always seem to go… that you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone [for nine months]?”

As already discussed, I am newly in love with my natal country after returning home from so many months away! 

So to sing its praises, here are three MORE reasons why the United States, for all its admitted problems, is fabulous.

1.) Bountiful American BRUNCH!

My hands [...Read More!]

May 272010
 
8 Ways Travel Can Change You

The Spanish gentleman pictured to the left is stroking his calloused finger against 6,000-year old paintings at Cueva Remigia, Spain.  Such cave art stretches across swaths of Spain, and is considered, collectively, a UNESCO world heritage site.

In my last week in Spain before flying home, a group of us climbed a bright green, sun-drenched mountain to emerge an hour later at the ancient paintings pictured here! …and at first we couldn’t see [...Read More!]

May 242010
 
A Post-Travel Drug (Sort Of)

We don’t condone narcotics,  but strangely strong feelings of euphoria are okay if they’re natural and healthy, right?

So here is a secret formula to get your brain feeling amazing: Go away from home for a really long time, and then come back.

YUM!

Nine months is the longest I’ve ever been away from home, and in this whole week since coming back to Boston after circumnavigating the globe, I have felt cerebrally heavenly. [...Read More!]

May 142010
 
Two Reasons to ADORE America

I am drooping like spinach in a frying pan right now due to jet lag… but I haven’t missed a single day of blogging since that night I was ill on Ko Phi Phi in Thailand, seven months ago (and before that, even longer) so the show will go on!  Commitment feels good.

I am OVERJOYED to be back home in Boston with loved ones, after nine great months abroad.  Now, as [...Read More!]

May 012010
 
Reason One (of a Whole Lot!) to Visit Valencia, Spain

If you were to dangle an American out of a ten-story window and force her to choose a city in Spain to move to forever, I bet you ninety Euros that she would scream: “Barcelona!”

But the more I experience Spain, the more I realize that this pervasive American romanticization of Barcelona is just plain foolish.

If I, myself, were to pick a city in all of Spain to live, it would be… [...Read More!]

Apr 302010
 
Change Your Life! Or: From Gun Drills to Luxury With an Idol

“Safe Mode Drill for school shooting threat,” reads my Google Calendar for April 30, 2009: exactly one year ago today. “Do NOT allow students out of classroom. If they need bathroom during drill, do not allow them. Bomb-sniffing police dogs will be in halls and may attack.”

Under this note is a second one: “Grade all 64 Senior essays before Monday!”

Yes, that’s right: Exactly a year ago today, my [...Read More!]

Apr 292010
 
The Most Beautiful Building I’ve Seen in a Looong Time

Come, walk with me.

You have likely seen pictures of the world-famous Mezquita of Cordoba, Spain, have you not?

Are you already familiar with those arches upon arches of striped white and russet red?

Well, today is the day you will see it in the flesh, you lucky duck!

Step one: Identify that the entrance ticket to the the Mezquita is free if you show up before ten in the morning, but also identify that [...Read More!]

Apr 282010
 
The 300th Article in 9 Months, 2 Weeks Before Boston!

Today marks the THREE HUNDREDTH article on Around the World “L” in nine months!

We are also now at: 352 blog Followers (click “Follow” on the right sidebar if you haven’t already!), 1,258 Twitter Followers, 250 Facebook Fans, and a #93th-in-the-world ranking on TravelBlogSites.com… and rising. Huzzah!

Let us celebrate with an update of what the heck is going on, and where the heck this is all going. First and most [...Read More!]

Apr 272010
 
Spain’s Alhambra, Hippies in a Forest, and a Night Out

I was really thrown off when the two guys never came home from the forest.

Now before I launch into this story, let’s all learn, like the refrain sung by the whole audience during a folk music concert, a useful phrase: “Forcing it.”

The phrase, “Miss, you FORCED IT with the homework” was used ad nauseam in Boston Public Schools to mean: “Madam teacher, we believe the amount of work you are giving [...Read More!]