Jan 202013
 
Startling, Colorful Photos of Paharganj, New Delhi, India

During the first two hours of India travel, we had already seen an elephant, ox, monkey, thick smog, endless vehicles, and a good chunk of the 1.2 billion people of the country. If I tell you this article is about the third hour in India, what the heck will it cover?

Easy: The inadvertent modern art created by walls, doors, trash, and laundry in the Paharganj neighborhood of Central Delhi.

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Jan 122013
 
Day 1 in New Delhi: The Rumors About India Are True!

Where to start? We went to India for 12 days and it was… so much! So much of everything all together: people with animals, rich with poor, fragrances with shocking smells, beautiful colors with dismal grays, chaos with order… I could go on all day. India was everything that everyone said it is, and more. All those rumors are really true!

After 38 hours of travel (including an epic 14-hour layover adventure in [...Read More!]

Jan 052013
 
The Best Thing To Do On a Long Layover in London

I am back from India, it was great, and I’m exhausted!

Over the next few weeks, I shall chronologically unfold all that happened in our India adventure, so let us kick it off with the first element: our 12 hour layover in London between Boston and Delhi.

What the heck is the best thing to do for 12 daytime hours after a 5 hour red-eye flight from Boston? Easy. Here are your instructions, [...Read More!]

Dec 292012
 
Travel, Writing, and Love: Reviewing a Great Year

Happy New Year from India… and WOWZA, what a year it’s been! Since I have limited internet access in India, I will not begin publishing articles about this remarkable country until I return to Boston in early January, but until then, enjoy this recap of 2012, accompanied by photos of a wonderful performance we just saw in Jaipur.

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Dec 152012
 
How Travel Unlocks a Secret Layer, As Seen in Greece

The wind atop Greece’s Acropolis whipped my hair like a milkshake as I stared at the towering stone women. Why did they look so familiar?

“You are looking at the Caryatid Porch of Erechtheion,” our guide told our teacher tour group, “built around 420 BCE… over 2,400 years ago.”

I knew I had seen those statues before back in Boston… and often. But where?

“The design is remarkable,” our guide continued. “Each woman is [...Read More!]

Dec 092012
 
5 Things To Do Before India Travel. (We Go in 2 Weeks!)

In two weeks, I will be standing across the world in India.

Am I now an emotional wreck like I was right before traveling to China? No, there are far fewer tears. Partially this is because we decided to travel with a well-respected tour group (since my decision in Spain last year that “tour group travel doesn’t stink“), thus removing the massive stress of itinerary planning and pre-purchasing transportation and entrance tickets.

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Nov 282012
 
Why Being a Teacher is the Best Job: The OTHER Reason

“Miss!” one of my seventh graders yelled, “There’s fake blood all over the wall!”

The kids acting the Hammurabi skit froze as we all whipped our heads around. Sure enough, the entire wall— my “Class Objectives” whiteboard, our vocabulary words, and the stately blue paint— were splattered with red carnage. But that wasn’t all. A river of fake blood streaked the wooden floor, and the clothes of the student actors were polka-dotted [...Read More!]

Nov 222012
 
A Gift Shopping Secret to Save Money and Boost Love

According to the theory “The 5 Love Languages,” each person has a different ranking of the following five manners of showing and receiving love: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.

What this means is that there is a whole set of people (myself included) for whom gift giving is the lowest ranking way in which we understand love. Shopping for, giving, and receiving gifts is [...Read More!]

Nov 182012
 
How to Never Lose or Forget Behind Anything: 4 Tricks

In your daily life, do you ever misplace your keys or phone, then spend hours looking for them? During travel, have you ever accidentally left behind pieces of clothing or toiletries… or even your passport? Do you ever arrive at work or school only to slap your forehead, wailing, “I can’t believe I forgot that paper at home!”?

Follow these four rules, and you will never again forget behind or lose your belongings.

RULE #1: [...Read More!]

Nov 122012
 
Perfect New England Travel: Bike Paths and Farm Stands

There are several secrets to quality New England travel. As you may have seen from my first article about Western Massachusetts travel, my husband, two zany cousins and I have been putting in the research so you can merely sit back and follow our suggestions. It’s been hard work, I tell you! (Burp.)

First, research bike paths in the region of New England that interests you. Triangulate a bike path close to a [...Read More!]