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    Personal Liberation in Europe

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Personal liberation in Europe Personal freedom to me is an awareness that we are able to live and travel freely, and in that awareness also realize that there are a lot of people who are not able to leave or return to their homes and country for even a short while, or not at all. […]

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    Home is Where the Heart is in the USA

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Home is Where the Heart is It wasn’t until I went away to college that I realized some places were more liberating than others. I had never really traveled as a child, at least not outside of family vacations to see more family, and I had lived in the same small Midwestern town my entire […]

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    Rediscovering the Mara in Kenya

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    The engine shudders and is silent. Outside the vehicle, jewelry adorned limbs jostle for position. A nimble hand slides my window open and forearm displaying almost a dozen colorful, beaded Maasai bracelets is thrust across my lap. ‘Miss! Miss! What is your name?’ ‘Jina langu ni Malee,’ I say. I ask the woman’s name in […]

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    Discovering Freedom in the USA

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Discovering Freedom in the USA 6:05 a.m. – groan and wake up 6:10 a.m. – have coffee, one cup 7:00 a.m. – sigh and start work 12:00 p.m. – go completely berserk 5:30 p.m. – stuck in rush hour 7:00 p.m. – frozen dinner, devoured 7:30 p.m. – have travel day-dreams 9:30 p.m. – concoct […]

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    Afire in the UK

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Afire By Nicole Mara T. Cruz Different things come to mind when people hear the word ‘Freedom’. It could mean independence, an escape route or making decision. The definition varies and changes for each individual and one of my definitions of freedom is a place where you feel that fire in you spark. It is […]

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    Creating the Perfect Tallinn Tour – Part Two

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Welcome to Part Two of our “Creating the Perfect Tallinn Tour” where I will delve into some of the other essentials you need when coming to visit Tallinn, Estonia: Souvenirs No tour in Tallinn is complete without souvenirs. Here are some of the most popular souvenirs you can buy in Tallinn: Look for signs that […]

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    Freedom on A Chicken Bus in Guatemala!

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Jostling in my seat like a rag doll as the bus navigates gaping holes in the road seemingly large enough to swallow us whole, I question why I have chosen this journey. I love traveling because it always opens up new horizons to worlds previously unimagined and brings out a sense of wonderment; but it […]

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    Home Is Where The Heart Is: USA

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Home is where the heart is. That’s what I’ve always been told. Get away from here there’s nothing for you. Go places see new things. But just remember one thing. Home is where the heart is. A place I would like to go. Is where the waters are pure blue. An the grass is green […]

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    Off-along-the rails in India

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    The babies are asleep, and all of us are rocked in the huge cradle with them; back and forth we sway. On an unexpected jolt I catch the eye of the old lady who got on at Shkodra and we smile at each other. My friend who joined us at Clapham Junction has caught the […]

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    Most Popular Post: @WhartonMagazine! #video #marketing

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Thank you to Wharton Business Magazine for publishing my story: Harnessing YouTube Marketing Power It is the MOST POPULAR POST on the site right now! When Junior Mapesone commented, “That’s in front of my house in Manono,” on one of my first travel videos from Samoa, my first thought was, “Wow! Someone watched my video!” […]

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Jul
31

Personal Liberation in Europe

Personal liberation in Europe Personal freedom to me is an awareness that we are able to live and travel freely, and in that awareness also realize that there are a lot of people who are not able to leave or return to their homes and country for even a short while, or not at all. […]

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Jul
31

Home is Where the Heart is in the USA

Home is Where the Heart is It wasn’t until I went away to college that I realized some places were more liberating than others. I had never really traveled as a child, at least not outside of family vacations to see more family, and I had lived in the same small Midwestern town my entire […]

Read More
2014-07-03_53b5dd1ebb888_lion800x613.jpg
Jul
31

Rediscovering the Mara in Kenya

The engine shudders and is silent. Outside the vehicle, jewelry adorned limbs jostle for position. A nimble hand slides my window open and forearm displaying almost a dozen colorful, beaded Maasai bracelets is thrust across my lap. ‘Miss! Miss! What is your name?’ ‘Jina langu ni Malee,’ I say. I ask the woman’s name in […]

Read More
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Jul
30

Discovering Freedom in the USA

Discovering Freedom in the USA 6:05 a.m. – groan and wake up 6:10 a.m. – have coffee, one cup 7:00 a.m. – sigh and start work 12:00 p.m. – go completely berserk 5:30 p.m. – stuck in rush hour 7:00 p.m. – frozen dinner, devoured 7:30 p.m. – have travel day-dreams 9:30 p.m. – concoct […]

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Jul
30

Afire in the UK

Afire By Nicole Mara T. Cruz Different things come to mind when people hear the word ‘Freedom’. It could mean independence, an escape route or making decision. The definition varies and changes for each individual and one of my definitions of freedom is a place where you feel that fire in you spark. It is […]

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Jul
29

Freedom on A Chicken Bus in Guatemala!

Jostling in my seat like a rag doll as the bus navigates gaping holes in the road seemingly large enough to swallow us whole, I question why I have chosen this journey. I love traveling because it always opens up new horizons to worlds previously unimagined and brings out a sense of wonderment; but it […]

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Feb
15

Maratua, Indonesia- I’ve Found My Peace

Being an 8 to 5 worker in this young age totally ruined my happiness. I felt very alienated every time I wake up in the morning. Then suddenly an idea came up in my mind. I must go. Then i packed up my things and took my first step outside home. That was 3 years […]

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Feb
14

Tibetans in Bylakuppe: My spiritual haunt

It all started when I overheard a Tibetan girl in my college mention a place and a celebration huge enough to merit the blessings of His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. In love with all things Buddhist, and everything Tibetan, I asked for more information and was told about this refugee centre a few kilometers […]

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Feb
14

Cinque Terre: A Little Bit of Everything

As we traveled around Italy on our honeymoon, one of the places my husband and I planned to visit was Cinque Terre, a collection of five tiny villages along Italy’s west coast. We heard about Cinque Terre from my sister who studied in Italy during college. She loved her visit there and told us we […]

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Feb
14

China: Make Good Choices

Before I traveled to China, I was worried about so many things. Would I find anything to eat? Would the bathrooms be clean? Would we be able to find the right bus? I had carried a wordless book with colorful images in hopes that when I could not communicate, I could point. On the street […]

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Sep
4

Using Travel and the Seasons to Gain Perspective

Author Rachel Friedman’s travel memoir The seasons go round and round sometimes without notice, but I like to pay attention. The Labor Day holiday reminds us that summer has almost ended and the school year will soon begin. This year my contemplation of beginnings and endings includes my Aunt Iris’s passing and Christopher Rowe’s (my […]

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Aug
30

Summer Science Fun for the Human Body

 Nutrition and Cooking with your child Students love to learn about themselves and their bodies. Inside your Outside, from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library by Trish Rabe, is a story that has an Inside-Your-Outside machine. At the end of the story after learning all about our bodies the reader discovers: As you grow, […]

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Aug
28

Turbulent Tonga

After three glorious weeks on the beautiful islands of Samoa, we boarded the two hour Air Pacific flight from Apia to Nadi in Fiji, the most convenient access point for Tonga. We noticed there that the onward flight from Nadi to Nukalofa, Tongatapu was likely delayed and could not seem to get any accurate information […]

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Aug
21

A Career Break Fairytale

Taking a Chance and Saying “Yes!”When asked in the moonlight on a gorgeous beach in Fiji, “Will you go with me on my life dream and travel in South East Asia for a year?” I, of course, said “YES!” I mean after kissing all those frogs to look for my prince, what American-born girl raised […]

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