If you have been keeping up with my blog you will know that I recently went on my first road trip about a month ago. It was a fantastic spring break, but it also made me realize something special. Travel … Continue reading →
Of course, we had to start off our last full day in New Orleans with early morning beignets from Cafe DuMonde. We enjoyed the beautiful weather and indulged in the doughy, powder sugary goodness while looking over the Mississippi River. … Continue reading →
What better way to start our first full day in New Orleans than by going to a cemetery? We went to St. Louis Cemetary No. 1 and walked around inside to see all the above ground tombs. It is the … Continue reading →
Although I would have loved to stay longer in Pigeon Forge, we had New Orleans ahead of us and I couldn’t be more excited! First, we had a few pit stops to make along the way. We stopped in Chattanooga, Tennessee … Continue reading →
A few hours later and we arrived in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! As we entered the town it was like we were in some childhood dream. There were so many fun activities for kids to do, or adults that want to … Continue reading →
This year I spent my final spring break on my first ever road trip in the company of great friends. The first stop was Nashville, Tennessee. The first night there we started with dinner at Saint Anejo for some delicious Mexican … Continue reading →
We each have our own beliefs, and that belief system has been shaped (and will continue to evolve) over time by our experiences and by other people, whether they are close friends or just acquaintances. I believe it is important … Continue reading →
Reality can differ from person to person. That reality is all about each individual’s perspective. How you view the world can shape your opinions and beliefs and determine what you see as reality. This TED Talks video is a short talk, but it conveys an important message that really struck me. Raghava makes it clear that his religion knows no barriers. And he aims for the same with the children’s books for iPad that he creates. By simply giving the iPad a shake, the parents of the child in the story can change from a lesbian to gay to straight couple. Raghava believes in not limiting children to one single “bias,” and rather teaching them multiple biases in which the world is viewed.
“Teaching perspectives is the best way to teach creativity.”
He goes on to say that by teaching perspectives, kids will be able to put themselves in the shoes of someone who is different from them even at an early age. Misunderstandings tend to occur because of differing perspectives. If we understand how to acknowledge the viewpoints of others (even if we do not necessarily agree with them), we can transcend boundaries and get much more out of our experiences internationally as well as right in our own hometowns.
Preparing for a volunteer abroad trip can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming. Above all, it is important to do your own research based on the work you will be doing and the location you will be traveling to. I … Continue reading →
We are constantly planning for the future and waiting for “the next big thing” to happen in our lives, and it is causing us to forget about the present. As much as I try to soak in and appreciate the … Continue reading →
You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. Just 2 weeks later and Africa is already behind me. My time there went by so quickly, but the memories will stick with … Continue reading →
Another long layover on our way home meant another journey through a new city for the day. When we arrived in Zurich, it was still dark outside. We decided to head to Starbucks first to have a small breakfast before … Continue reading →
Our last day in Livingstone arrived so quickly, but we definitely made the most of it. We started out the day by visiting the Curio Market. Thinking about it in terms of US$, the prices were cheap regardless so it … Continue reading →
The morning involved waking up at 5 am and cleaning the mud off our feet with the muddy puddles of water. Good enough for the day! We had a cold breakfast to have something in our stomachs and ventured off … Continue reading →