Folium: The World’s Messiest Festivals via WhenOnEarth

Folium: The World’s Messiest Festivals via WhenOnEarth Have you ever wondered what the world’s messiest festivals are? There are about a dozen or more held annually throughout the world. Some involve oranges, tomatoes, turnips, pastry, mud, clay, colored power, charcoal, pillows, wine, black oil, water, garbage, and dead rats. I am all about adventure but […]

Terra: The Most Splendid Orchestra – Nice, France

I tighten my grip on my friend’s sleeve as we make our way through a busy city square in Nice. The square is not busy with honking cars and hissing buses, but people- laughing, toasting, and getting ready to celebrate the New Year. Although we’ve been advised to pay close attention so we don’t lose […]

Terra: The Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

When I first traveled to Paris, France in 2012 with a group of fellow students, my friend Kira asked our tour guide a question that both humored me and got me thinking. “How much would it cost to buy the Eiffel tower?” Anne Marie, our tour guide, paused for a moment, slightly caught off guard, […]

Folium: How Languages Evolve via TED

Folium via How Languages Evolve via TED What is language? According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, “language” is the “body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition.” The dictionary entry continues on through six […]

Folium: The 100 Most Beautiful Places via YourAmazingPlaces

The 100 Most Beautiful Places via YourAmazingPlaces Wow! As I look through the 100 pictures of the most beautiful places in the world, I am just amazed at what a beautiful world we live in.  I love to travel and I am an adventurer.  I believe that if you are learning a language that you […]

Folium: Dining Etiquette From Around the World via JoinDarkSide

Dining Etiquette From Around the World via JoinDarkSide (Click for Graphic!) “Do NOT talk with food in your mouth!”  Every child has probably heard this phrase at one time or another as well as “Keep your elbows off the table.”  Both of these phrases correspond to the dining etiquette that is part of the American […]

Folium: The Science of Learning a New Language via Lifehacker

Folium: The Science of Learning a New Language via Lifehacker

The Science of Learning a New Language via Lifehacker It is a natural instinct for children to learn new languages, but as we get older, it becomes more difficult to learn and retain new languages. A child’s brain has much more plasticity, or the ability to create new neurons and synapses. By adulthood, this ability […]

Folium: Legitimate Voluntourism via NPR

Folium: Legitimate Voluntourism via NPR The Folium archives contain many articles on how you can volunteer and study abroad for little to no cost. But I must admit that this is the first article that actually discusses the impact of these new volunteer opportunities on the populations that they serve. Study abroad or travel experiences […]

Folium: The Taste of Chocolate via TwentyTwo Words

Folium: The Taste of Chocolate via TwentyTwo Words I will admit, over the past few years, that Americans have become more conscious of food origin. Buying “local” and “organic” now carries a greater weight, and understanding the role of the global supply network only encourages this line of thinking. I honestly believe that this is […]

Aero: Kayli Schocken – France 2014 – History and Culture

Aero: Kayli Schocken – France 2014 – History and Culture The minute you step off the plane in France, the culture surrounds you. The first thing I noticed about the culture of France is that everyone is always on the go. There’s always something to go and do in France.  It’s a very fast paced […]