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Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Change, Culture, Feature, Guest Post, Study Abroad, Travel |

How Beijing Gave Me An Iron Heart

How Beijing Gave Me An Iron Heart

I may have left my heart in San Francisco, but Beijing equipped me with a brand new one – made of iron. When I returned from my year-turned 6-month relocation to Beijing, people often asked me to choose and describe my favorite part of the experience. It’s such a completely expected and usual question, but I still found myself fumbling with how to answer. Filing through memories and experiences, and then bundling months of perspective into a single statement felt overwhelming. Faced with the question, it seemed I could do nothing more than shake my head, mouth gaping — I was speechless, and I was stumped. Initially, I considered the usual suspects: food, culture and activity. Memory after memory, I shuffled, trying to pinpoint the winner. But it wasn’t the steaming bamboo trays of jiaozi, though they were truly amazing. Once I spent nine hours in a moon-themed KTV room singing karaoke– that, too, was incredible but still not my favorite. Even waking up early to dance in the...

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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Culture, Feature, Guest Post, Travel, Work Abroad |

My Time as A German Au Pair

My Time as A German Au Pair

After college and an excruciating experience student teaching, I knew that I did not want to start a career right away. AT ALL. There was too much to do and to see. After going to Uganda before college and Germany during college, I’d developed a hunger to travel any and everywhere and to experience a different culture and language first-hand. I decided to be an Au Pair, or a nanny, to a German family in northern Germany. My main goal was to get better at German, see a lot of interesting things and meet a lot of interesting people. It was so exciting waiting in the airport to board my plane; I’ll never forget how hard I tried to keep down my smile. It was one moment in my life when I really knew I was doing the right thing for me. I boarded the plane and went off to have a three month learning experience. First of all, Germany is absolutely beautiful. I love everything about it: the...

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Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Change, Guest Post, International Education, Study Abroad, Travel |

3 Reasons I Loved Studying Music Abroad

3 Reasons I Loved Studying Music Abroad

I love music, and I love to travel!  Who doesn’t?  So imagine how excited I was when I had the amazing opportunity to study music abroad.  Studying music abroad opened up my opportunities, my creativity, and my understanding of music in general.  Although there were trying times (language barriers, homesickness, etc), the pros far outweighed the cons.  I heartily encourage anyone who has the opportunity to study abroad to take it!  To show you what I mean, here are three reasons I loved studying music abroad. Professional Contacts From a career standpoint, studying music abroad was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.  I met many new people and was able to make substantial professional connections which have helped me greatly.  Having experience in a foreign country looks great on a resume.  It shows that I have cultural awareness, am not afraid of being in a new place, and am open to new experiences.  It also gives an added benefit of having professional references that span the globe! ...

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Book Review, Guest Post |

Life of Pi Book Review

Life of Pi Book Review

Kelli Mutchler shares a book review of the Life of Pi by author Yann Martel. Visit her at Too Mutch For Words. “This is a story that will make you believe in God.” Or so we are warned, over espresso at Indian Coffee House, in the town of Pondicherry. An older man approaches and promises to share a tale so extraordinary, the unimaginable will become exceptional. Expectations are set for a typical man-befriends-beast novel of heartwarming, and award-winning, proportion. But this is also a story that will besiege your expectations, wearing away at your preconceptions until the very book you read transforms from non-fiction to gospel truth. When the ship carrying Pi’s family and a zoological collection of animals sinks in the Pacific Ocean, the only survivors are Pi, an injured zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a 450-pound Bengal tiger, named Richard Parker. For over 200 days, humanity and the existence of a higher being are called into question. Is there a god? Can he see Pi and...

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Blog, Change, Guest Post, Relocation, Travel |

How to Take Your Show on the Road

How to Take Your Show on the Road

Gigi Griffis of The Ramble and Content for Good shares with us how to move forward towards location independence in 2013 (for those who dream of such a thing!) Last year, after two years of owning my own business and over ten years of loving travel, I gave up my permanent address and hit the road full time with my growing business and my small dog. It probably sounds pretty unusual, but the truth is that there are lots of people out there just like me who are digitizing their businesses, packing their bags, selling their stuff, and hitting the road with gusto. Statistics say that by 2016, one in five Americans will be working outside an office. And outside an office doesn’t necessarily have to mean from home in your pajamas. If you’re willing to juggle time zones, give up some of the comforts of home, and get creative, it could mean anywhere in the world. But if working remotely—be it full-time or part-time—is your dream, how do...

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