Tips on how best to interact with an American, according to German, Chinese, Japanese, French, Swiss and British citizens.… Read More Travel Advice Other Countries Give to People Visiting the USA (“You have to be nice to all children and pets. Even the ugly ones”)
A recent survey conducted by the job website Glassdoor has found the average American employee only uses 51 percent of their paid vacation days. The 2,300 person survey also found that 61% of Americans work while they’re on vacation.… Read More Americans Only Use Half of Their Paid Vacation Time, Survey Finds
From the Blue Ride mountains to the Florida Keys, here are the 5 must-take American road trips to experience before you die. … Read More 5 Amazing U.S. Road Trips to Add to Your Bucket List
I spent much of my 20s asking myself that question. I’ve lived in a lot of places over the years (I’ve moved a total of 23 times, four of which were to foreign countries) and I used to agonize over the fact that I had nowhere I felt I really, truly belonged. And when I… Read More Where is Home?
Photo by JBColorado. I loved the article “Do you know where your children are? Is that always a good thing?” that appeared on NPR.com a couple of months ago. It addressed the issue of play and adventure and how today’s generation of kids are, for better or for worse, being robbed of the opportunity to… Read More Ah, kids today. They don’t know the meaning of ‘play’! Seriously.
Before I left Central America and moved to Las Vegas, everything I owned fit into a backpack and a handful of boxes in my parents attic. Now, going on two years later, the list of things I own has grown from a backpack of volunteer hand-me-downs sequestered from an NGO-sponsored garage sale in Xela, Guatemala… Read More OMG, I have so much stuff! Or, Things a Former Nomad-Turned-Suburbanite Freaks Out About
I fell in love with Orlando during my sophomore year in college. Warm, exotic and full of Latin charm, our relationship was hot and intense, but as is the case with most first relationships, it eventually came to a petering halt and by the end of college, I’d moved on to my next great love:… Read More Neurotic New York or Nice New Orleans: Which US City Suits You Best?
There’s a lot not to like about America (I’d say superficiality and ignorance probably top my list). But after reading this very well-written post, 17 cultural reasons why this European never wants to live in America, I felt that America and its people could use a little defending. Don’t get me wrong, I agreed with everything… Read More 20 Things I love About America
I’m visiting my brother in Santa Cruz, California for the weekend and was reminded today about just how insane this town is. In the last 24 hours, I’ve seen: A dude walking a leashed cat A middle-aged man in a black top hat seated on the sidewalk with a sign that read “Storyteller: Chose your… Read More Weirded Out in Santa Cruz
While catching up on my NPR podcasts this afternoon, I came across “Bilingualism A Political Liability?” from NPR’s All Things Considered. The radio spot focused on the negative responses some of the Republican presidential candidates have received over their ability to speak a foreign language. Mitt Romney speaks fluent French and Jon Huntsman (who has since… Read More Bilingual and Running for Election? Shhh! Better not tell anyone…