Photo: Slumdog Thousandaire; Feature photo: Michael PickardThe Coca-Cola Company is sending a team made up of three young explorers on a year-long quest to find out what makes people happy. Which makes Tom Gates cranky.Somewhere, a marketing executive must have smoked a bowl and watched “The Amazing Race.
Photo: author Feature Photo: ZainubAn American expat in Pakistan finds herself confronting the color of her skin everywhere she turns.“Sardar ji, Memsahib has arrived.”I suppress a cringe at being identified as the “white foreign woman.” Memsahib is my least favorite Urdu label. I’ve gotten somewhat used to the staring, the whispering of “Dekho!
My family was a little puzzled when my cousin announced, in the lead-up to her nuptials, that instead of wedding gifts she’d prefer contributions to her honeymoon.That’s not traditional, aunts and uncles whispered. Why doesn’t she do a normal gift registry?Non-traditional they may be, but increasingly, honeymoon registries make a lot of sense – whether for people who are getting married a little later than our parents’ generations, and so don’t need the traditional household basics of good kitchenware and towels, or even for those who (gasp!
You are sitting with a family that has invited you in for tea, one of countless offers of hospitality you have experienced since you arrived in the new land.As you share stories of family, friends, travel and life you marvel at how easily people can bridge the differences between them. For that moment, everything is perfect.
Last week, I wrote the first of three reviews covering Rosetta stone’s new comprehensive online learning program called TOTALe and its core module, Rosetta Course in my language of choice – Swedish.This second review covers Rosetta Studio™ which allows you to practice what you’ve learned by engaging you in “structured conversations with learners at your level”.
Photos courtesy of Journeys Within Our CommunitiesSee a problem – solve a problem. It’s a good mantra to live by, and if you can travel with that mindset, even better.Andrea and Brandon Ross certainly have taken that issue to heart, doing a world of good in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. The couple runs Journeys Within Tour Company and Journeys Within B&B.