Whether you’re a well-versed globetrotter or have just caught the travel bug, culture shock is a real experience that most people encounter at some point on their ventures. We invited blogger Jennifer Fitzpatrick to share about her experience with culture shock on a recent trip to Nepal. Here are her five tips.
Ireland is a place famous for its beautiful green landscapes, never ending coasts, plentiful hiking opportunities, folkloric pubs, and heartwarming locals. Yet with all of it’s beauty and charm, there are also troubled and tragic chapters in it’s past. To understand all the facets of Irish culture & history, we have listed some of the best reads from known Irish authors or based in Ireland.
An entire city that could be dubbed a ‘museum without walls’, Florence offers an unending feast for the eyes. In this photo blog by Freethedust and Maggie Johnson, you can take a virtual tour among it’s cobbled stoned streets, iconic sites, masterful artworks, delicious foods, and jaw-dropping vistas. No doubt you’ll be pining to visit Florence by the end!
Beyond a condiment, true virgin and extra virgin olive oil is an essential staple of the Italian diet, with an impressive host of health benefits, flavor compositions, and a variety of uses. To preserve and nurture the continued cultivation of quality olive oil in Italy, the work of our community partner is inspiring.
We sat down with Gina Cornejo - yoga instructor extraordinaire for our Retreat to Spain trip which is focused in the Camino region - to delve into her knowledge and experiences of the Camino de Santiago. Her multiple trips and hikes along different routes of the Camino have given her a wonderful insight in to the region, the history, and most importantly the feeling of what it’s like to explore this pilgrim’s path.
We love to look at a city from the eyes of one who absorbs it every day, so we reached out to Véro J.L. Van Grieken. A transplant from Lummen, Belgium, Véro has lived in Lisbon for more than 6 years and founded the community group Yes You Can Spray, which promotes social activism and inclusion through street art. Here’s what she had to say.
Upon a first visit to Lisbon – a city of castles, fado, and seaport vistas - you might be met by an unexpected surprise: The prevalence of graffiti. Rather than writing this off as an act of novice, we looked to embrace this art form and recognize its historic role as a political voice and its current impact for social inclusion.
Known for its breathtaking vistas, rugged coastal terrain, and charming buildings overlooking the sea, the picturesque villages that make up Cinque Terre are a destination worth traveling to. Italian travel photographer Andrea Flisi takes us on a photo journey of this UNESCO World Heritage site along the Italian Riviera.
Adventurous traveler and deep thinker Betty Deitch joined our 2018 Machu Picchu trip and wrote a beautiful Haiku (俳句) about the experience. Characterized by 17 symbols and 3 versus, this historic form of poetry is both beautiful and through-provoking. This touched us so much that we just had to share!
Avid historian, traveller and writer Belinda Birchall takes us deep into the history of Lisbon with its fascinating past that includes a massive earthquake producing a tsunami and fire that nearly destroyed the city.