Jul 262010
 
5 Facts on Teaching ESL… and my Blogiversary!

First: today my info-packed article, “5 Facts About TEFL Courses and Teaching ESL” was published on The Expeditioner.  Check it out for handy tips about teaching English to speakers of other languages!

Second, let us pause to celebrate a milestone.

Exactly 365 days ago on this date, I clicked a button labeled “Create New Blog,” trembling slightly with the nervousness that comes from embarking on something utterly foreign.

A blog?  I had barely thought [...Read More!]

Jul 222010
 
On Risk: From Homelessness to a Four Diamond Hotel

“I feel terrible for you!” sighed Sherry, watching me lug my suitcase through the sultry New York streets.  “I’m so sorry we have no place for you to sleep tonight!”

I chuckled.  “Literally,” I said, “this is the hundredth time I’ve showed up in a city and had nowhere to stay.  And yet, miraculously, it always works out in the end.”

Sherry looked dubious and murmured, “I really hope you’ll be all right.”

It [...Read More!]

Jul 192010
 
My Photo Essay About Laos on Boston.com!

As you likely know, I spent the nine months from August of 2009 to May of 2010 traveling around the world, and one of my favorite countries on the journey was Laos.

Now, by clicking on the link below, you can see the deliciousness that is Laos whittled into a colorful photo essay for Boston.com !

Exciting!

I hope you enjoy the piece, forward it far and wide, and then go back and read [...Read More!]

Jul 182010
 
Maryam’s Article: “Grey’s Anatomy” in Saudi Arabia

Article #9 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Maryam from Saudi Arabia, age 25.

Waiting, waiting, waiting… waiting for the new episode of the new season to be downloaded!  So exited and so curious what will happen next!

I was in my pink “girl” room  on my heavenly bed surrounded by pillows, freezing under my blanket, somehow unable to lower the air conditioning. Popcorn smell was all over the room [...Read More!]

Jul 172010
 
A Putrid Pattern: Vuvuzela and Bouquet Pummelings

I shall be brief, to-the-point, and righteously indignant.  Here are the facts.

During the TBEX World Travel Blogger Conference last month, I was Vuvuzela-ed in the face.  This is to say, I was brutally accosted by a Vuvuzela-wielding top travel blogger (pictured below).  The experience was very loud.  I still somewhat hear the (South African?) sea in one ear from the instrumental trauma.

That is fact one.

Fact two: This evening I was innocently attending a [...Read More!]

Jul 162010
 
How to Save Mad Money... and Get a New Wardrobe!

Yes, that IS a woman passed out in euphoric exhaustion on a four-foot-tall heap of clothing.  Want to know why? Read on.

Saving money to do awesome things like travel is often a matter of making small sacrifices (or put more positively, “alterations”) in your budget that add up over the long term.

One such alteration that can save you thousands of dollars a year is this: instead of buying new clothes, hold [...Read More!]

Jul 132010
 
An Update on this Educational Travel Blog Empire

Yes, you read that right: I just referred to all this as an Educational Travel Blog EMPIRE.  And I am one happy Empress.

Ambition, folks, ambition!  Mark my words: this whole thing will get bigger and bigger, so climb aboard early!

Here is an update on what’s shakin’ on this end:

1. My first ever video interview was just published on NY1 (click for the link!) regarding TBEX10, the world travel blogging conference, and [...Read More!]

Jul 122010
 
Meaad's Article: The Best Art Exhibition Ever

Article #6 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Meaad from Saudi Arabia, age 23.

When the day came, we were worried and excited at the same time.  We held each others’ hands tightly, because we had worked so hard as a team to make our first exhibition a successful one.  And that night was the night when the world would see our creative efforts!

My name is Meaad, and [...Read More!]

Jul 092010
 
Eileen's Article: An Italian Hand on my Korean Arm

Article #5 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Eileen from Korea, age 20.

“Don’t do that!” I screamed.

His hand was on my arm, squeezing and rubbing it.  He replied to me, “Your arms are so soft, I want to touch them!”

His name was Romano and he was from Italy.  I met him the third week after I came to the USA from my home country of Korea, at an English [...Read More!]

Jul 072010
 
Msharf's Article: Shooting Birds in Saudi Arabia

Article #2 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Msharf from Saudi Arabia, age 24.

One day during the migration season in Saudi Arabia, nine of my friends and I went into the desert to hunt.

We woke up at five in the morning to distribute the work between us.  First, we chose a boss for the group to settle any small disagreements that may come, though usually we agree.

Next, we prepared [...Read More!]