Feb 032011
 
From Hot Ghana Sweat to Giant Snow Banks, a Year Apart

It is difficult to write this because the heat has been broken in my apartment for five hours, and my bones (finger-bones included) are now ice-encrusted.

Maybe you’ve heard: we’ve had a liiiittle bit of winter weather here in Boston lately! What has it been: 6 giant blizzards in 6 weeks? 8 feet of snow total? Who knows. All I do know for sure is that we’ve had 5 Snow Days which [...Read More!]

Jan 292011
 
The Sexiest Sign in Boston (of Our City's Revitalization)

This quote from a March 3, 2010 Boston Globe article by Geoff Edgers sums up what you’re about to read:

“The once-grand Art Deco theater, which had become a dilapidated porno movie house by the time it closed in 1976, has been restored to its former glory.”

Wait… there was a ramshackle X-Rated movie house in the middle of downtown Boston just a generation ago?!

Yes, that is correct. Remember two articles ago how [...Read More!]

Jan 232011
 
A Former Student's Against-the-Odds Egypt Travel

It was late at night last month, and I was power-walking through the tunnel between the Red Line and the Orange Line in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. Suddenly a radiant grin appeared in front of me.

“Ms. Marshall!” my former student, ShiSha, hollered, and we fell into an embrace.

“How have you been?” I asked, breathless from the coincidence.

“I’m still working at Artists for Humanity,” ShiSha replied, referring to an amazing urban youth art [...Read More!]

Jan 182011
 
Big Dig and Waterfire: We're ALL Developing Countries

What magic, the advancements that have occurred within the past few years in our “Developed” country!  I’m astounded at the changes that have taken place in the United States within my lifetime.

We in America like to prance around and declare ourselves “Developed,” while we proclaim poorer countries “Developing” or “Less Developed.”

But terms like “The Developed World” make us seem fixed, finished, and all set.  In fact, no, we sure aren’t!  From [...Read More!]

Jan 132011
 
Sparkling Photos from our Double Snow Day in Boston

There’s at least one moment every few days when I think to myself: “Teaching really is the best career in the world.” Sometimes this thought is spurred on when a student finally understands a concept.  Other days it’s activated by the zing of a vibrant classroom discussion.  Sometimes it comes from the intellectual buzz of making a tough text like Shakespeare accessible.  But, in the case of this week… my [...Read More!]

Jan 112011
 
8 Great Cities of RTW Travel to Actually Move To and Live

I had a lot of reasons for leaving my career and home to travel around the world in August of 2009, and one of them was a vision of starting a new life abroad.  For the first eight months of my voyage, I was convinced that (after rockin’ out Asia and Africa) I would find the endpoint of my dreams in Barcelona, Spain.

When I arrived in Spain, however, I realized Barcelona [...Read More!]

Jan 062011
 
On Being Voted Top Travel Blogging Diva of 2010!

Before we left on winter vacation, I forced all my students here in Boston to write Appreciation Cards.  We defined an “Appreciation Card” as a letter (decorated nicely) telling someone why you appreciate and admire them.

The power of such a card is massive!  We think people around us know how much we care about them and why, but how often do we actually say it? In fact, our loved ones may [...Read More!]

Dec 302010
 
The 10 Most Yummy Foods of World Travel 2010

Currently the #1 article on this whole site, with over 5,000 views, is a little piece entitled: “The 7 Most Delicious Foods of Around the World 2009.”

Yum!

Now another year of voracious eating has passed, bringing my munching mouth through Ghana, Spain, Portugal, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Burp!  And a world culinary update is due.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the 10 Most Yummy Foods of Around the World Travel, 2010! [...Read More!]

Dec 272010
 
An Unexpected Present on the Train to DC

Imagine you are schlepping a bulbous suitcase down the stairs in New York’s Penn Station on Christmas Eve, squeezing through hundreds of stressed travelers to board the train for DC.  Imagine you’re sweaty and cold at the same time, irritable and achy, overwhelmed and jostled, when suddenly:

HAPPINESS!

Look to the left to see the conductor who greeted us!

People of the world, how can you NOT smile upon seeing such a sweet smile, [...Read More!]

Dec 242010
 
Illegal Thai Fruit, Odd NYC Veggie, and Ghana Intensity

Exactly one year ago, I was almost arrested in Bangkok, Thailand for bringing an illegally smelly fruit onto a public train.

You can read the whole dramatic story by clicking here, but the short version is that durians (giant, monstrously spiky fruits common in Asia) smell so horrifically bad that there are signs all over public transport in Southeast Asia warning against carrying them.  And I did.  And a Thai policeman nearly [...Read More!]