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Reflections on a New Job as a Global Curriculum Director

SIX YEARS AGO I spent the summer in a remote village in Ghana on my first major international trip. I worked in a local high school where I volunteered and researched attitudes towards reading and the British education system. I loved the kids. I loved the community. This was the experience that...

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Lessons from the Ugly Indian

“I have been convinced more than ever that human nature is much the same, no matter under what clime it flourishes, and that if you approached people with trust and affection you would have ten-fold trust and thousand-fold affection returned to you.” -M. K. Gandhi   My friend Ashish swerved through...

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Love Letter to Sweden

Dear Sweden, I’m sorry I never really noticed you in the corner of the world. It was always Austin who wanted to be with you. I’ve spent the better part of my life oblivious to your charms. I’ll just come out and say it—after our latest get together I think...

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14 Ways Traveling the World Ruined My Life

1. I now hate donuts. When I got home and bit into a gooey cream-filled donut my taste buds inexplicably revolted. Three years ago in Turkey I shocked my friend by confessing I didn’t eat vegetables, but now I find myself ditching ice cream, Ritz crackers, canned spaghetti sauce, and...

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The Camino de Santiago: Day 10

We are 312,576 steps, 239 kilometers, and 148 miles into the Camino de Santiago. I have only walked for ten days (three more weeks to go) but have shared miles and meals with new friends from England, Scotland, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, the U.S., Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland,...

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The Camino de Santiago: Here we go!

Starting tomorrow I’m going to be walking for a month with nothing but this small bag, this not-so-small hat, a husband in tow, and the road. Why? Because tomorrow I will be a pilgrim on the 1,000 year-old Camino de Santiago walking from France to Spain (about 500 miles/800 kilometers). You won’t...

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Hindu Wedding Ceremony Explained in English: KannadaTraditions

I DIDN’T REALIZE how drastically diverse the matrimonial traditions and rituals are for each state in India when I first set out to research traditional Hindu wedding ceremonies. I learned a bit about Southern Hindu wedding ceremony traditions by narrowing my focus on one specific region, Karnataka. To be even...