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 082010
 
Alaa's Article: My Childhood Dream

Article #4 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Alaa from Saudi Arabia, age 26.

I felt like a princess in her palace!  What a huge home!  Everything was new and shining, and all lights were turned on.  A heavenly smell wafted from the bouquet of white and pink roses at the entrance.

I was fifteen years old when we moved to my family’s current house in Jeddah, [...Read More!]

Jul 082010
 
Sebastian's Article: The Truth About My Brother

Article #3 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Sebastian from Colombia, age 17.

I didn’t understand what was going on.  There were tears in my mother’s eyes and my brother looked so sad.

I was in my room, a very dark and cold room, standing between my bed and my brother’s blue crib. The only sound was coming from our giant grandfather clock: tick, tock… tick, tock…

I only [...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!]

Jul 042010
 
Cho's Article: My Fenway Dream, Shattered!

Article #1 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Cho from Korea, age 30.

I seemed to fly to the sky and the moment was the best day in my life! All around me were fans in red tee-shirts, and the green field was so beautiful.  I was actually in Fenway Park watching the Boston Red Sox play the New York Yankees!

But shockingly, this magic moment was cut short [...Read More!]

Jul 012010
 
Get Psyched for ESL Student Life Stories!

A snapshot of today: a Saudi Arabian student was peer editing an article with her Chinese classmate, nodding intently.  A grinning Colombian was conferencing about grammar with a classmate from Japan.  And at a computer, Cho from Korea was writing a response to my Ghanaian former student Harry’s article: “School Far From Family.”

Cho left the following message for Harry, which Harry will receive all the [...Read More!]

Jun 302010
 
What Happened at The Giant TBEX10 Travel Blog Conference and Why it Matters

It’s fitting that the TBEX10 world travel blogger conference occurred in New York City on the same weekend as the NYC Gay Pride march.  If you are a blogger and are passionate about it, to reveal this to others has a distinct air of “Coming out.”

When you reveal your big secret for the first time, how will the listener react?

Will they judge you? Will they try to dig up information they [...Read More!]

Jun 242010
 
Where to Find Guaranteed Happiness in Boston

You know something’s a good activity when you go into it feeling more bitter than a Nuclear Sour Warhead Candy, but leave grinning with happiness… despite your best efforts to stay crabby!  Boston’s famous Swan Boats are just such a glorious attraction.

For the past three weeks, I have been teaching English at a lovely ESL school for college-aged and adult newcomers to America.  It’s been awesome!  Few things are better than [...Read More!]

Jun 202010
 
Crazy Exciting Coming Events in Travel

The horizon is glowing gold.

Why?  Because two thrilling travel-themed events are rising up in the near future, and you should know about them!

First, on September 14, 2010, over a dozen cities across the continent will hold an event called “Meet, Plan, Go“: an interactive panel discussion on how to take a career break and follow your dream of traveling!

Want to know who is the Boston coordinator for this event?  I am! [...Read More!]

Jun 192010
 
How to Not Dumbly Waste Money in RTW Travel

Nicholas Kristof’s fascinating recent New York Times article about unwise budgeting by some of the world’s poorest families, “Moonshine or the Kids,” reveals a truth that applies to all classes of humans around the world: We’d each have a whole lot more money if we stopped spending piles of it on silly things.

That in mind, let us take a tour of the stupid things I did and didn’t spend money on during my nine [...Read More!]