When you first visit a new place and your friends and family see you off, they’ll most likely send you away with light, cheesy, and sometimes outdated little “goals” they want you to fulfill. Your BFF might reply, “Have a bowl of spaghetti for me!” after you text her that you landed safely in Italy. As you line up to board your flight to Paris, your dad might shout, “Bring me back a beret and some cheese!” Since our expectations of a place are the summation of the things we have access to view, read, or listen to, your own thoughts and daydreams about your next tourist spot will be askew; if you’re not a native or a frequenter of a place, you won’t know it as well as others do, and this fact is obvious. All you may very well know about foreign destinations may be from skimming a news article about Greece’s disastrous economy; indulging in lengthy, canonized foreign films on the weekends; or reading a few descriptions of art school in Iran from a friend on Instagram. These tidbits of truths form opinions and ideas about new places, and might be why when you’re headed off, the cheese starts a-flowing.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:58:44 AM America/New_York
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 9:07:17 AM America/New_York
Americans are often poked fun at for our particular ways of looking at the rest of the world—viewing what lies beyond our red-white-and-blue painted boundaries. An American’s point of view isn’t inherently judgmental, insular, or negative, but perhaps it could be said that the average American might fulfill the stereotype of being a little ignorant of the people and cultures outside of “our great nation.” Keeping updated on world news is one thing, but understanding a little more beyond surface level other ways of life is quite another, and is what we should be aiming for. Me being interested in Japanese literature and film and all those who create and consume it created the first cracks in this wall of ignorance that I had of Japan and its people. But by living for a period submerging myself in Japanese culture and in what became like a second home to me, the wall began to shrink, its bricks disappearing with the realization of new facts and new fictions surrounding the realities of life in Japan.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 3:02:36 AM America/New_York
Several days before I left Philadelphia to study abroad, I suddenly had second thoughts about living in Rome for six weeks. I’d never been to Europe. I didn’t know the language. I was completely unsure if Rome was right for me.
I went anyway. 42 days later, I can easily preach to anyone who will listen that it’s absolutely crucial to visit Rome. There are many things that make la città eterna (the eternal city) a one-of-a-kind place.
Monday, July 27, 2015 9:41:54 AM America/New_York
Calling all amateur excuse-makers: stop using time zones and oceans as your bailout for not calling Mom. Backpacks and payphones may not mix well, but there are plenty of easier ways to connect with your loved ones on that killer summer trip through Europe. Here are the nineteen things to say on that first call home, to keep the worry and the hassle at a minimum on both ends:
1. “Yes, I brought the first aid kits you packed me.”
Thursday, July 23, 2015 7:51:19 AM America/New_York
Always thinking you could say that to your relatives back home in China. Free International calling including China has been part of all the plans for a while now. All you need is follow simple instructions and call the friends and family members back at home in China. You don’t need to use any calling cards or any VOIP service. Free direct dial calling to China is as simple as calling any other number.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 3:32:47 AM America/New_York
Consumers have used calling cards for years. It is still a very big business and good way to call international destinations. This is also a hassle when you need to pay extra for making international calling, you have maintain a separate number, pin or an app in many cases. This also comes with a good out of pocket cost to consumers.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 3:10:26 AM America/New_York
Ultra Mobile plans work on any unlocked GSM phone that supports one or more of the following frequencies:
- 1700/2100 MHz (3G / 4G or LTE depending on location)
- 1900 MHz (2G or 3G / 4G depending on location)
- 850 MHz (2G)
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 2:10:00 AM America/New_York
There are so many companies with so many different cell phone plans in the market. This empowers consumers with multiple choices which are good and confusing too. They get to pay a competitive price for a reliable service. At the same time they are left to make a correct choice or will end up paying extra money.