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How I learned Danish
How I learned Danish

Photos: authorWhy friends make all the difference on the path to fluency.“Man, you are so weird.” This was the rather dispiriting response from Kim, my new Danish flatmate, after telling him that I would be spending the coming year in Denmark trying to master his native tongue. Unfortunately, similar remarks (all in English) were common during the first few weeks of my Erasmus Study Abroad program in Århus.

Do You Have A Death Grip On Your Travel Plans?
Do You Have A Death Grip On Your Travel Plans?

Kim Greene reveals why holding too tightly to rigid travel plans may hurt your journey.Travel is one of the rare circumstances in life that reveals something new about the traveler with each journey.Often, we begin with a preconceived notion of how we want to approach new experiences; how we want to encounter new places; how we expect to see the unexpected.

Meet your ESL coworkers
Meet your ESL coworkers

ESL attracts an interesting cast of characters…Many ESL teachers are lovely, open-minded, hardworking people…but of course, those aren’t the characters you write home about. The ones who stick in your mind are the ones who exist far on the outskirts of social and psychological norms. Below are profiles of some typical characters that you’ll meet in the teacher’s room of an overseas language school.

Essential Gear for Your Patagonia Trip
Essential Gear for Your Patagonia Trip

Planning a trip to Patagonia—the southernmost reaches of Chile and Argentina—can be daunting for the novice trekker.Unless you’re talking with Jamie Abish, self-described “adventure capitalist” and owner of Tent and Trails, an outdoor outfitter store in Manhattan. “We can outfit an entire expedition from the store,” Abish says.

Sony ICD-P620 Digital Voice Recorder
Sony ICD-P620 Digital Voice Recorder

Having a digital voice recorder within easy reach while traveling is becoming more and more essential. By capturing audio moments that may otherwise have remained unmemorable, you enhance your overall travel experience.For travel journalists – professional and amateur alike – a voice recorder is a worthwile investment.

Gadget Review: MSI GX630 Laptop
Gadget Review: MSI GX630 Laptop

While the MSI brand may be a bit of an unknown, don’t let that scare you away from considering the value packed MSI GX630.With it, you’ll be able to browse the web, look at some spreadsheets, write that next great American novel, and then blast away some enemies in a game of BioShock.This laptop has a 2.

Book Review + Giveaway – Nepal: 25 Classic Treks and 12 Climbing Peaks
Book Review + Giveaway – Nepal: 25 Classic Treks and 12 Climbing Peaks

A journey to Nepal to walk among the world’s highest mountains is a dream for many travelers.And, upon arriving in Kathmandu, many realize that such a trip really is like a dream: Disorienting, chaotic, confusing, and dizzying. Sorting out itineraries, finding the best gear, acquiring the necessary permits, and hiring a trustworthy guide or porter are difficult tasks to complete on the busy streets of Thamel.

The Protector of Tophane
The Protector of Tophane

There had been a distinct increase in the occurrence of random ululating in my Istanbul neigbourhood earlier that week.My flatmate and I had written this off as seasonal declarations of random excitement, or perhaps a sudden arranged marriage or engagement. The women’s voices below rose and fell, their tongues creating a long, trilling, high-pitched sound like the howl of a wolf.

How to: Choose a GPS device for traveling
How to: Choose a GPS device for traveling

I remember the days when I had to carry half a dozen paper maps that, once unfolded, would never fold back again, blew away in the wind, or disintegrated when wet…For most areas, a GPS device has made navigation easier, whether you’re just finding a hostel, driving to the airport, or trekking to a hidden temple.

Surfing Morocco
Surfing Morocco

All photos: AuthorThe small town of Taghazoute is surfing ground zero in Morocco.Where to stayTaghazoute is 45 minutes from Agadir’s international airport and home to the famous righthand point breaks of Anchors and Killers that come alive in the winter months.It’s not the prettiest of towns with its surf ghetto vibe, but it does offer accommodation for all budgets: from small, bare rooms for $10/night to luxury apartments with pools.

An Awkward Hug and No Chocolate
An Awkward Hug and No Chocolate

Sometimes a hug is the wrong thing.Photo: A National AcrobatWe’re in the middle of our English lesson when a bright white car pulls into the dirt yard and a woman strides across the yard calling out loudly in fluent but heavily accented Spanish. Don Faustino goes out to meet her.Her hair is an unnatural shade of orangey-red—not unlike the color Doña Ludi obtains for the yarn by mixing cochineal with lime juice—her pants are blinding white, her blouse is translucent neon pink, her earrings are enormous hunks of neon pink plastic.

Burakku: Black culture in Japan
Burakku: Black culture in Japan

Photos: authorAn expat moves to Japan and discovers a fascination with his own culture.Whenever I meet someone who has been to Japan for any amount of time a superficial bond is instantly formed. The script begins: Where were you living? How long were you there? Were you teaching English? What company were you with?