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Sunday, 31 May 2009

Alaska's Grand Glaciers

As we sliced through the clouds, Mother Nature’s ice-ridden masterpiece unfurled beneath us, leaving our jaws unhinged and our voices silenced with awe. The chopper soared high above the Alaskan glaciers, giving us time to scope out what seemed like an endless winding ice river, before descending.

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Monday, 23 March 2009

Diamond Head Volcano, Hawaii

At 762 feet with a panoramic view of gorgeous Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean, it’s amazing to know that where we stood was once a thriving, bubbling lava spout. Diamond Head volcano has been extinct for about 150,000 years and for years has been attracting tourists to Honolulu, Hawaii year-round. Considered a defining feature of the view in Waikiki, the volcanic cone was an attraction we were determined to not only see, but climb.

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Alaska is known for a variety of attractions that lure in tourists year after year. Highlighted among those are the ever-popular Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park, an array of wildlife, fresh salmon, breathtaking sights and simple serenity. Each of these appeals is at your fingertips when you stay at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.

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Sunday, 16 November 2008

Una bella ricetta

A pinch of culture, a spoonful of friends, and a dash of great memories

Fresh scents of tomatoes, basil, pasta, and an array of herbs and spices lured us into the house as soon as the front door opened. As we piled into our Italian professor’s casa for an end of the year celebration dinner, we couldn’t contain our excitement for the delicious food to come.

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Thursday, 06 November 2008

South African Culture at Eye Level

While trips to tropical islands or tourist-studded hot spots have their appeal, some travelers opt to go the non-traditional route to quench their travel thirsts. For one Boston resident, a trip to South Africa was a goal she had for years. In hopes of getting a glimpse of the unique culture, meeting the native people, and taking in the surrounding sites, Kaitlin Kirwin packed her bags with friend, Laurel Fulham for a 10-day adventure in Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. A large part of the trip was spent with friends who volunteered to teach in South Africa for a year, giving Kaitlin the kind of exposure to South African culture she had hoped for.

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The traveler that journeys with an open mind and an eagerness to learn wherever he or she goes comes home with more than souvenirs and memory cards full of pictures; they come home with unparalleled experience. Despite cultural differences, language barriers and behavioral disparities, those that can find the beauty in these obstacles can appreciate the non-traditional splendor of travel. For Jenna Lebel, it is just this that made her experience in Beijing, China at the 2008 Summer Olympics a gratifying memory. An Integrated Marketing Communication graduate student at Emerson College in Boston, MA, Jenna applied for one of the 33 available spots at Emerson to work at the Olympics for two months as a volunteer. Her school was selected as one of five in the US to attend the Olympics, along with roughly 300 other international students and 100,000 volunteers in total.

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