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What is lost (and gained) when the traveler settles down

What is lost (and gained) when the traveler settles down

Tripping over boxes, unsettled by this process of settling down, I swallow my desire to be on a rickety bus lurching down a rutted road with my head knocking against a grimy window and all of my belongings at my feet. The lush green of Colorado in the early spring reminds me vaguely of Uganda and I spend an hour paging through old trip journals, recalling the smell of chapati and wood-burning fires, motley chickens fanning out their tail feathers against a backdrop of banana trees and mountains.

23 of the world’s most insane caves that you can explore [PICs]

23 of the world’s most insane caves that you can explore [PICs]

For some of the caves listed below, you’ll need some pretty gnarly climbing / spelunking equipment and a support crew.For others, all you’ll need is a pair of sneakers and a few dollars.In any case, after checking out these pics you may want to read up on how to become a good caver.1Crystal Cave - MexicoGiant Crystal Cave, in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico, contains some of the largest crystals ever discovered.

Dark Side of the Lens

Dark Side of the Lens

Renowned Irish surf photographer Mickey Smith’s short film is nothing short of mind blowing and speaks strongly to anyone who has a passion for the world around them and capturing that world in photographs.WHEN MICKEY SMITH SAYS in the opening moments of his powerful short film Dark Side of the Lens, “I see the world in angles, lines of perspective, a slight turn of the head…the blink of an eye.

Everyday life insists on this

Everyday life insists on this

There is fiction in the space betweenYou and realityYou will do and say anythingTo make your everyday lifeSeem less mundane– Tracy Chapman, Telling StoriesIn mid-September, a friend called to tell me that a woman writer in one of the outer circles of my life went into the hospital in June, thinking she had a stomach problem, to learn that she had massive colon cancer.

32 best Airbnbs in Venice, Italy

32 best Airbnbs in Venice, Italy

If you haven’t realized it yet, Airbnb is basically the ‘Couchsurfing’ of 2014. Sort of. The user-friendly website allows travelers to find location-based accommodations posted by the owners looking to rent out their spaces nightly.Those places, however, span 34,000 cities in 194 countries, and the prices (on a sliding scale from $10-$1,000 and beyond, a handy feature you can adjust yourself) are more than broke-traveler friendly.

8 challenges for today’s ESL teachers (and how to handle them)

8 challenges for today’s ESL teachers (and how to handle them)

1. ContractsWhat sometimes happens:a. You fly into a new country on a one-way ticket and are expecting to find someone waiting for you at the airport to take you to your single apartment for a few days off before starting a trial period with the outgoing teacher. Instead, you’re left standing by baggage claim and have to navigate public transportation to discover you have a messy, noisy roommate and you’ll be teaching your own classes, sans training, the following day.