Folium: Back to School Traditions From Around the World via Digg

Folium: Back to School Traditions From Around the World via Digg As a school teacher now for almost nineteen years, I wonder how other countries celebrate the start of a new school year. I know for most of my colleagues and myself it starts with nervous twitches, feelings of being overwhelmed, and a few sleepless […]

Folium: No Bones About It – Day of the Dead Is Finding New Life via WSJ

Folium: No Bones About It: Day of the Dead Is Finding New Life One of the Mexican holidays that I have heard a lot about is the Day of the Dead. I always thought that this holiday was nothing more than the Mexican version of Halloween. This article taught me what the Day of the […]

Terra: The Streets – Paris, France

If I were to give someone planning to travel to Paris in a large group one piece of advice, what would it be? My advice would be to watch yourself. What is the significance of that statement? Does it mean I’m going to get shot at, you ask? Watch yourself- sounds menacing. No, getting shot […]

Terra: Versailles – Paris, France

The Hall of Mirrors, or La Galerie des Glaces in French – that’s what I am the most excited to see when my travel group visits the Palace of Versailles. I can barely contain myself as I step out of the bus. The Hall of Mirrors… the idea jabs me teasingly, as my group takes […]

Folium: The Miniature Earth Project

Folium: The Miniature Earth Project (Click to see the ENTIRE infographic!) What if we reduced the global community of 7.13 billion to a village of just 100 people? Would culture-locked Americans gain a better understanding of the differences in the world? And, more importantly, would this understanding help promote dialogue and a tolerance for the […]

Folium: 6 Multilingual Benefits via HuffPost

Folium: 6 Multilingual Benefits via HuffPost I have been a foreign language teacher for 15 years and the complaint that many of my middle and high school students have is “Why do we have to take this class?” I always share with them that taking a foreign language can help you with your other classes […]

Folium: Two Is A Crowd via NYTimes

Folium: Two Is A Crowd via NYTimes “Physical contact between two people…can be perfectly correct in one culture, and absolutely taboo in another”. Edward T Hall, 1968 So… about 93 to 97% of all communication between human beings is non-verbal – an encouraging statistic for those who never really understood the benefit of learning all […]

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, […]