Folium: Mont Saint-Michel from Space via BoingBoing

 Folium: Mont Saint-Michel from Space via BoingBoing You’ve seen it on postcards and travel shows, during high tide and low. Mont Saint-Michel is one of the great iconic man-made structures of the world. Built, quite literally, on the northern coastline of France the monastery and the surrounding city below is only accessible during low tides. […]

Folium: The Benefits of Xenophobia via BoingBoing

Folium: The Benefits of Xenophobia via BoingBoing I’ve always been taught that a good viewpoint deserves the consideration of a counterpoint. And since Folium is all about the merits of language learning, travel, and world culture, I figured that a well-written article on xenophobia was in order. Xenophobia, the fear of outsiders, things that are […]

Folium: The Barcelona Apple Store and Antoní Gaudí via TUAW

Folium: The Barcelona Apple Store and Antoní Gaudí This is the second folium posting we’ve made about Apple Stores around the world, but Apple always shows great initiative in tuning their image to the cultures around them. The phrase “know your consumer” is tossed around a lot in business, but here is the perfect example […]

Folium: Wearable, Robotic, Sign Language Translator via Engadget

 Folium: Wearable, Robotic, Sign Language Translator via Engadget For most schools, the study of modern languages and cultures is usually split between humanities and social science departments. These are areas that are all about the people and their cultural productions. They create observations, case studies, literary analysis, and historical accounts. Rarely, if never, do these […]

Folium: July 4th Celebrations Around the World via Yahoo.com

 Folium: July 4th Celebrations Around the World via Yahoo.com Today commemorates the birth of a nation, and just because it’s an American affair doesn’t mean that the party stops at the borders. The 4th of July is celebrated by people around the world. “The United States of America” is no longer just a country, it’s […]

Folium: A Gigantic Chocolate Mayan Temple via Gizmodo

 Folium: A Gigantic Chocolate Mayan Temple via Gizmodo I present to you an unexpected quip from the bloggers at Gizmodo. To celebrate Quinza’s 30th anniversary and the opening of the company’s new chocolate institute, chefs Francois Mellet and Stephane Treand created this six-foot tall 18,239 pound chocolate Mayan temple. It wasn’t the Europeans that wiped […]

Aero: An American In Paris – Paris je t’aime

Aero: An American In Paris – Paris je t’aime After bidding a fond farewell to Giverny, I have successfully relocated to Montmartre, Paris, where I’ll be renting an apartment for the next few days.  Despite my poor sense of direction and butchered French, I found the Paris metro relatively easy to navigate and there were […]

Folium: 267 MPH on the Shanghai Maglev Train via BoingBoing

Folium: 267 MPH on the Shanghai Maglev Train via BoingBoing A few years ago I co-supervised a small group of study abroad students in southern Spain, and we had the unique opportunity to take the regional train (Renfe) from Sevilla to Granada. Our options were limited, but before even considering public transit we first researched taxis, […]

Folium: A Billion Consumers In The Americas via USA Today

Folium: A Billion Consumers In The Americas via USA Today Have you ever stopped to consider just how much of something it takes to make up a billion? That’s billion with a big “b”. If you had one billion dollars, you would need to spend close to $2,740,000 every single day of the year and […]

Folium: “Make It Count” via YouTube / Nike

Folium: “Make It Count” via YouTube / Nike There are times when I waffle about posting media that rides the line between “educational inspiration” or “marketing fluff”. I want to post things with substance, enough to actually show people something new and impressionable. Perhaps this stems from the part of me that is determined to […]