Jun 092012
 
Improve Your Relationships: Travel for a Day or More!

Want to improve your romantic, friendship, or family relationships?

Here’s an easy method that works, and is even backed up by science: Travel for a day trip or longer.

Why does travel enhance human connections? Expansion.

To elaborate on the research behind this, let’s draw from the excellent New York Times article, “The Happy Marriage is the ‘Me” Marriage.” In this article, Tara Parker-Pope pulls together a number of recent studies to explain that happier [...Read More!]

Jun 022012
 
A Wedding Trial for a Traveler Who Never Wears Makeup

Our wedding is in less than two months, and so this week I had my first ever wedding makeup trial!

Now, let’s discuss the concept of makeup.

How does makeup fit into the life of a normal gal, as well as a traveler? Answer: I’ve never seen the point of makeup.

I’ve done pretty fine in my life without it (you know, career, family, friends, fiance, fun). So why would I spend the time and money [...Read More!]

May 282012
 
Graffiti is All Over Greece. Is it by Artists or Vandals?

There is so much graffiti in Greece, we even saw graffiti on the PLANTS growing up the Acropolis in Athens.

Throughout our Greece Teacher Tour, we’d exclaim, “Look at that graffiti over there, and there… and THERE! So terrible. Why do they allow it?”

How jarring it is to have an idealized vision of a country (you know, Greek gods in flowing togas striding around a pristine Athens and handing out free Ambrosia)… then arrive [...Read More!]

May 202012
 
The Blues Brothers at the Parthenon of Athens, Greece

“I’m not leaving the Acropolis until we get a photo with those Blues Brothers!” I declared to my companions from our Greece Teacher Tour.

We were standing next to the 2,500-year-old Parthenon (the “Most Perfect Building Ever Created”) under the radiant sun in Athens… but I couldn’t take my eyes off of the five men dressed in spiffy black suits who were milling around like typical tourists.

“Why do you think they’re wearing [...Read More!]

May 142012
 
The Fashion and Meaning of Greek Men in Skirts Dancing

Traditional Greek dance consists of men in fluffy white skirts spinning and jumping. And it’s great!

On our last day in beautiful Nafplio, Greece, our Greece teacher travel tour nestled into a golden-lit family restaurant for a traditional dance performance. Hoo boy!

While the two female Greek dancers maintained a stately dignity throughout, the male dancer duo went wild. Did the fluffy white skirts bring out their inner male dancing beasts???

UP went the arms of the [...Read More!]

May 072012
 
Heavenly Orange Picking With Kittens in Nafplio, Greece

Just when our teacher tour thought Nafplio, Greece couldn’t get any more gorgeous and charming, the owner of our hill-top hotel invited us to go orange picking in his private orchard!

We decided to get our hands on those oranges on our last morning in Nafplio, as a heavenly pit-stop on our bus travel back to Athens.

Walk with me now as we pull into the orchard, climb off the bus, scamper past [...Read More!]

May 052012
 
Nafplio: The Most Lovely Town We Traveled to in Greece

“Why are we staying longer in Nafplio than in the other towns in Greece?” we on the Greece Teacher Travel Tour asked our guide, Mara.

Mara smiled knowingly. “You will understand once we arrive,” she replied.

Oh, we soon understood all right. Pictures do far, far more justice to Nafplio than words, so restrain yourself from licking the screen as I walk you through the hills, oceanside, and delicious architecture of this stunning Greek [...Read More!]

Apr 292012
 
Edcamp: Is an UnConference the Best Way to Learn?

Everything I know about learning has shifted.

Today I attended my first UnConference: EdCamp Boston 2012, and it was a day-long revelation. To explain what happened today, let me awkwardly interview myself.

Q: What the heck is an UnConference?

A: In an UnConference, a bunch of like-minded people get together at an appointed venue and time. In the case of EdCamp Boston, 400 folks interested in Education converged on a gloriously sunny day at the [...Read More!]

Apr 212012
 
Eating the Best Foods of Greece Like Zeus Ate Athena

The ancient Greek gods did a lot of eating of their children.

Zeus ate Athena’s pregnant mother, only to have his daughter spring out of his head once Hephaestus split it open with an axe.

Cronus ate his first five children until his wife tricked him by switching a tasty rock for baby Zeus.

Inspired by the ravenous appetites of the Greek gods, on this teacher tour of Greece, we have been eating like monsters.

Only, instead [...Read More!]