Nov 282010
 
Crazy Mystery Thanksgiving Food Photo Contest!

Exactly a year ago, I was spending Thanksgiving alone in Northern Thailand, quietly eating stir-fried vegetables in a Chiang Mai restaurant.  It wasn’t lonely or bad, honestly.  But that said, I truly appreciated that this year I could spend America’s special Stuff Yourself Holiday with beloved family and friends in New York and Philadelphia!

Now on to the contest promised by the heading of this article.

During our New York Thanksgiving awesomeness, my [...Read More!]

Nov 202010
 
Awesome Public Art: a True Gift to our Cities!

I am currently half human and half icicle due to wandering outside in Boston’s winter for 3 hours with a foolishly thin jacket, but that’s all right.

Why?

Because the reason I was outside was to go on a famous Context Tour of Boston’s Big Dig!

I am thrilled to report that thanks to the tour, my noggin is now sparkling with countless new Boston facts, and my camera now brims with 100 fresh [...Read More!]

Nov 152010
 
A Home Decorating Tip to Keep Travel Memories Alive

You’re back from traveling around the world.  Your blog has over 400 articles documenting every single day of the journey.  Now what?

There’s one tip for sure: print out those photos and plaster the walls of your new home with them to remember the loveliness of distant countries each and every day!

Now here’s the awesome part: it is CRAZY cheap to order and print digital photos with a click of your mouse! [...Read More!]

Nov 082010
 
Two Sexy-Ugly Buildings of Boston

We’re deep into our discussion of Sexy Buildings of Boston, but what about those buildings that are sexy because they are so… how shall we put this… freakishly strange?

To explain where the term “Sexy-Ugly” is from, let’s flash back to the 2001 flick, Kissing Jessica Stein.

Specifically, let’s recall the following chat between the two leads, as they discuss Jessica’s inability to find a man who matches her dream:

Jessica: If [...Read More!]

Nov 032010
 
Mystery Glittery Photo Challenge!

Hello pretty people!

So maybe this here “challenge” will be ridiculously easy for you all, or maybe it will take years for the correct answer to be guessed…

…but the simple fact is that I have just graded 300 hunks of paper (one essay test and one term paper from each of my 150 students) over the course of seven long days, and now everything is a bit hazy and swirly…

…so, dagnabbit, I [...Read More!]

Oct 312010
 
Weird Warping of Big Holidays During Extended Travel

It hit me as I was proctoring Study Hall this past Friday, gazing at the sea of sweet Boston students clad as: Lady Gaga, a bumble bee, a red M&M, and a giant Teletubby.

I suddenly realized I had absolutely no memory of what I did for Halloween, 2009.

I racked my brain.  My Vietnam visa ran out at the end of October, 2009, so I was likely in Laos on October 31. [...Read More!]

Oct 292010
 
On Mafia Wars Addiction, or: How Blogging Saved Me

Confession: I used to be a Mafia Wars addict.  Like… a REALLY bad Mafia Wars addict.

For those who are blissfully unaware, Mafia Wars is a game through the Zynga platform on Facebook which involves clicking buttons over and over (and over) again to “Do Jobs” and perform “Hits” against other players in order to gain loot and status.  It’s brainless.  It’s utterly enjoyable.  It’s magnetically addictive.

In 2009, before I left America [...Read More!]

Oct 252010
 
The Un-Sexiest Building in Boston

It’s not pretty.  And, yes, we make fun of it all the time. Normally I stand up for such outcasts in life, but in the case of this ugly brick-ling, I’m with the bullies: “Ew.”

Boston City Hall: not even being guilded in gold like your State House sister would help you.

Online research about City Hall is sending me into gales of laughter.

Here are some gems of knowedge from Wikipedia:

Boston City Hall, [...Read More!]
Oct 222010
 
My New Second Website: TeachingTraveling.com

The happiness of teaching and traveling…

I have just given birth again!

After the successful first year of this delightful, pudgy baby, AroundTheWorldL.com, passion has once again led to creation: my shiny new second site, TeachingTraveling.com!

Allow me to answer some preemptive Frequently Asked Questions about this birth:

Q: What is the difference between AroundTheWorldL.com and TeachingTraveling.com?

A: AroundtheWorldL.com is about me (and students with whom I work closely), following my journeys around the world [...Read More!]

Oct 152010
 
Losing Weight: Another Perk of Long-Term Travel

We often think that embarking on long-term travel will cause everything in our lives to deteriorate, from our safety to our waistlines.

Having almost been blown up back home in Boston this week, however, I assure you that’s not the case.

For nine straight months of travel, I was perfectly safe on rickety Southeast Asian buses, in creaky Ghanaian hotels, and on the streets of notoriously mugger-friendly Southern Spain.

And yet, in month one [...Read More!]