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    Mountain Freedom in Australia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

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    Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

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    From Relatives to Absolutes in India

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    From Relatives to Absolutes in India Let me get straight to the point: leaving one’s home is an absolutely essential element in order to ‘feel free’. Let me get straight to another point: the above sentence makes a presumption that you already have a home. The context of home, independence and freedom is not absolute, […]

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    Leaving The DPRK

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    “Independence: A place that allows you to feel free” Leaving The DPRK We don’t often associate freedom with China; an authoritarian one party state which heavily censors the internet and the press, and highly restricts civil liberties.  China is not a very free country. Yet for me, arriving there in mid-February of 2014, it was […]

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    A Final Goodbye in Thailand

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    A Final Goodbye in Thailand Forks were a luxury in a place without toilets or running water. When your daily existence depends upon the secrecy of your location, survival itself takes precedence over dirty hands. I’d been living in Mae Hong Son province for three months, used to scooping up rice with a bare hand […]

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    Choosing the Southwest Airlines Card that Matches Your Travel Lifestyle

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Southwest Airlines is currently the largest domestic carrier in the U.S. They attract the flying public for a number of reasons. First, customers enjoy their competitive pricing and variety of expanding flight routes. Second, standard amenities are the norm, not the exception, on Southwest. These include free baggage checks on your first two bags, no […]

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    Bravery in Malawi

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    I’m sure my parents won’t like to hear this but taking risks is part of experiencing the world. To quote a favorite movie of mine, “A life lived in fear, is a life half-lived.” I keep reminding myself of this when I question putting aside my anxieties and having faith that something will work out […]

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    The parched sand of Tahrir Square, Egypt

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Cairo’s Tahrir Square is an uninspiring sandbox, lacking any color or foliage. It is surrounded by unloved concrete and internationally-notorious traffic. It is a feeble place to launch a revolution. But in 2011, Tahrir Square became an Earthly portal linking mortals and the Olympus gods. We jammed drinking straws through the sand and sucked up […]

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    Perfect Autumn City Break: London

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    As a budget traveler, ever since my very first independent trip, I’ve started to learn how to keep my costs down while still affording to travel. I’ve been traveling since I was in University and at that time my only source of money was the freelance work I would do (translations and ghost-writing). Shoulder season […]

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    Freedom Fog in the USA

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Freedom fog in the USA I woke up early on that magical morning and looked out the window of my grandparents’ lake house in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. That is, I tried to look out the window, for all I could see was a wall of white. The window squeaked as I rubbed it with my […]

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Aug
29

Mountain Freedom in Australia

The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

Read More
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Aug
29

Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

Read More
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Aug
28

From Relatives to Absolutes in India

From Relatives to Absolutes in India Let me get straight to the point: leaving one’s home is an absolutely essential element in order to ‘feel free’. Let me get straight to another point: the above sentence makes a presumption that you already have a home. The context of home, independence and freedom is not absolute, […]

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2014-07-05_53b796695f817_picforcomp.jpg
Aug
28

Leaving The DPRK

“Independence: A place that allows you to feel free” Leaving The DPRK We don’t often associate freedom with China; an authoritarian one party state which heavily censors the internet and the press, and highly restricts civil liberties.  China is not a very free country. Yet for me, arriving there in mid-February of 2014, it was […]

Read More
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Aug
27

A Final Goodbye in Thailand

A Final Goodbye in Thailand Forks were a luxury in a place without toilets or running water. When your daily existence depends upon the secrecy of your location, survival itself takes precedence over dirty hands. I’d been living in Mae Hong Son province for three months, used to scooping up rice with a bare hand […]

Read More
2014-07-05_53b78de8ae56b_DallaDallaBaby.jpg
Aug
27

Bravery in Malawi

I’m sure my parents won’t like to hear this but taking risks is part of experiencing the world. To quote a favorite movie of mine, “A life lived in fear, is a life half-lived.” I keep reminding myself of this when I question putting aside my anxieties and having faith that something will work out […]

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They Said

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Feb
17

The Heart of London, UK

I will always be grateful to my grandmother for taking me to a place that once I laid eyes on; I knew I would never forget. Ever since I was ten I longed to visit London. Three years later I got my wish and found myself on a seven hour plane ride heading towards discovery […]

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Feb
16

Petermann Island, Antarctica: Eden on Earth

My first trip to Antarctica was aboard M/V Akademik Shokalskiy, the same Shokalskiy that was beset in ice for a month in December 2013. My voyage occurred a few years earlier. Twenty-eight passengers sailed from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula. That venerable vessel weathered a Force 9 gale through the Drake Passage. I did […]

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Nagsasa
Feb
16

Hakuna Matata in the Philippines

I’m not sure about the precise moment when time was seemingly put to a halt. The sun was ablaze as my torso bobbed with the small boat that waded through the strong current. I was in partial slumber as my circadian rhythm insisted on catching up with its supposed state of snooze some hours before. […]

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Feb
16

Delhi: A peep into the history of India

Our Theme- A Place to spend our holiday without any regret. My mind whispered New Delhi without any ambiguity. When we think of a ‘must see place’ in India, definitely a glimpse of Delhi will flash through our minds. More than being the current capital city of India, its glory dates back to the period […]

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We Said

Sep
18

Survivor Samoa

Survivor Samoa Or How did I fall on my Head and other survivor stories at Virgin Cove. Leaving Los Angeles for a summer of sun in Samoa and the South Pacific, I had no idea of the Survivor Stories that would unfold so quickly. It took us nearly 3 days just to get there as we […]

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Sep
16

Hands-on Science Boot Camp

It’s a Hands-on Science Boot Camp for Teachers. There was an entire group of Science Specialists from my Los Angeles Science Teacher Network at the Anaheim Boot Camp 2010. You can see Joseph and I learning in the front row at the Steve Spangler all day training in Los Angeles last year. I love Steve […]

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Sep
11

George and Lisa in the News!

Hello Fellow Travelers! Thank you to everyone for supporting us and for coming to our travel events inLos Angeles! We appreciate all who tweeted about our events, shared an email,found us and even SHOWED up to one of our events! Thank you for creating acommunity! We loved having over 65 people show up at Traveler’s […]

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Sep
6

Back to (the wrong) School: Seth Godin

Thinking about Labor Day and going back to school?Read Seth Godin on this topic:  “Back to (the wrong) school” Some quotes:“A hundred and fifty years ago, adults were incensed about child labor. Low-wage kids were taking jobs away from hard-working adults.” “Our current system of teaching kids to sit in straight rows and obey instructions […]

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