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Holi Elephant Festival in Jaipur, India

A Little Adventure … Six Things I Hope She Learns

The adventure officially began today–although Ana and I landed in Asia yesterday, we slept for hours on end to combat the jetlag and the 35+ hours of plane rides, layovers, questionably tasty airplane food, and well, more layovers. Her jaw was permanently stuck in the open position once we left the airport in Chiang Mai, […]

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A Little Difficulty…Can I Please Live in the Matrix?

So, I’ve started taking Thai lessons – just one class so far, and yet I’ve come to this ripe conclusion: I may have been a little crazy in thinking I could learn Thai. Thai is hard. (And I swear, I wasn’t saying that in a whiny voice…) I’m living in Thailand for four months and […]

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Carabinieri in Florence

A Little Lesson…Catcalls and Culture from the Italian Police

I studied abroad in the north of Italy, Bergamo, during the summer of 2005 doing some Italian language intensives at the Universita’ di Bergamo. There was a slew of us from my Florida university and after the program ended I went south for a week exploring Rome. I wasn’t completely alone in Rome, but there were several […]

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A Little Lesson… I Surrender to the Mas o Menos

Ok Central America, you win. I lay prostrate at your feet and am willing to surrender to your charm, your eccentricities, and even the downright annoyingly ridiculous phrase mas o menos which, in translation means “more or less,” but in Mexico (and Cuba) actually means “I-can-tell-you-whatever-I-want-even-if-I-know-I’m-wrong-as-long-as-I-slap-on-a-mas-o-menos. I fought Central America for the longest time…and that’s […]

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A Little Lesson…The Best Advice My Dad Ever Gave Me

So there I am, 16 years old, hiding in the hotel bathroom while sobbing on the phone and spilling my teenage woes to my dad. And that’s when he hit me with my favorite advice from him: The Advice “Shannon, it’s just money. It’s not worth you being in a miserable situation, I’ll buy you […]

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