Random Thoughts

A woman’s hand holding a globe

Why I Wish Every American Could Travel the World

“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.” — Henry Rollins Starting a post with a quote feels a little cheesy, but this quote by musician, ...
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Pier with white buildings and lights at dusk

Bye, Bye Bucket List

Barcelona sat right at the top of our bucket list. It was the first city in which Steve and I would spend a month as we began our new life ...
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American flag

Is The Ugly American Dead?

We’ve all heard about ugly Americans. Tourists from the U.S. who talk too loud, wear garish clothes, compare things in other countries to how they do it in the U.S., ...
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Steve and me with six students studying English in Strasbourg, France

Don’t Be Afraid of Multilingualism

Traveling to countries where English is not the primary language has made me rethink my attitude toward multilingualism. Before Steve and I started traveling full-time, I would be annoyed when ...
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