Tag Archives: Travel

The Kala Pocket Ukulele Review

The Kala Pocket Ukulele Review

Most mini-ukes, despite being more affordable in cost, are far less efficient than the Kala Pocket ukulele.  When it comes to delivering the kind of sound quality and practical performance you want this ukulele delivers. The tiny instrument was built according to sopranissimo standards, ensuring a minimal size and a more manageable, thin and low-weight […]

Guanajuato – Vertical City

Guanajuato – Vertical City

No towers or sky-scrapers loom above.  I know of no elevators and can’t think of a building that has more than five floors.  Yet I live in a vertical city.  Guanajuato spills colorfully down the sides of a canyon.  The streets, “callejones” wind up and down with labyrinth-like unpredictability.  It’s beautiful, enticing and sometimes challenging. […]

Unexpected Travel Lesson

Unexpected Travel Lesson

“Never discuss politics, religion or the Great Pumpkin.” Sage advise which I heard every year from Linus Van Pelt, when the local television station would air It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.  In my culture, we generally heed Linus’ advice.  We especially avoid talking about religion.  However, I’ve noticed that religion is more openly discussed […]

A Large Canvas – Tips for Appreciating Mexican Muralism

A Large Canvas – Tips for Appreciating Mexican Muralism

Fabulous beaches, pre-Columbian ruins, fresh guacamole… one can think of so many reasons to visit Mexico.  Don’t forget the art.  During the first half of the last century, Mexico enjoyed one of the most vibrant art scenes in the world.  The legacy these artists left is in itself a compelling reason to go to Mexico.  […]

Big Fat Impressions from my Greece Holidays

Big Fat Impressions from my Greece Holidays

After long stays on my travels, I often come back with some big, general impressions about a place and its people: Chinese are practical, Arabs are hospitable, Latinos are polite.  Even though these generalization are based on my own experience, I question whether they’re true.  So reading the headlines about Greece, a country falling apart and […]

Trouble with Re-entry – Five Strategies for Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock

Trouble with Re-entry – Five Strategies for Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock

I heard about it when I first started traveling.  I heard about it when I took classes to become an ESL instructor. Everywhere, people were warning me about culture shock.  But what no one told me was that when the culture shock really hits is when you come home. “Reverse culture shock,” they call it. […]