Aug 122010
 
The Sexiest Buildings in Boston: Part 2

Today is my ONE YEAR anniversary of taking that first flight out of Boston into the 9-month journey that would ultimately span Japan, Southeast Asia, Ghana, Iberia… and a whole heck of a lot of learning and fun!

How to celebrate?  By sharing with you my absolute FAVORITE building in Boston.  I am panting a little as I write this, I love this structure so much.  Please honor my love and read [...Read More!]

Aug 062010
 
The Sexiest Buildings In Boston: Part 1

One reason Boston is so deep in my heart is because its buildings are so darn sexy. They’re sleek, tasteful, not overly huge… and a lot of them are nice and shiny!

This post is the start of a series of odes to Boston architecture, so it’s only right to start with the biggest and best: the Hancock Building.

The John Hancock Building, located right near the Copley stop on the Green Line and [...Read More!]

Aug 032010
 
Faisal's Article: When I Met Obama and Angelina Jolie

Article #10 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Faisal from Saudi Arabia, age 28

In July of 2009, I met President Obama.

The meeting was simple and very fast.

I simply introduced myself and asked Obama, “Could I sit in your chair in the Oval Office of the White House?”

Obama shook his head in humor, and, smiling, said, “OK!”

And then I was sitting in the chair of the President of the strongest [...Read More!]

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!]