June Roundup

Osprey Porter 46- My constant companion as I backpack across Europe

Osprey Porter 46- My constant companion as I backpack across Europe

This month I have started my European Backpacking Trip, but I still managed to get this post set up days before I left.

Around the Web:

Do you think you stand enough? Do you think you are standing and or being active for about four hours every day? This article says that 95% of the world’s adults are leading sedentary lifestyles and failing to meet minimum activity levels.

I have this dream of paying off all of my student loans (currently at a total of $49,000) and then saving enough to travel full time for one year.  This couple did almost exactly that!

I love seeing these lists of places where people should travel each year…because I just want to see everything and this is an easier target! Here is the list of the 10 most popular places to travel in 2015.

Is French the next language to watch? What language is most similar to yours? Check out this cool infographic here to find out.

A super helpful post for those people who are just itching to travel but don’t have money: How to travel the world without any money!

Books:

I finally read “Still Alice” which I downloaded onto my ipad a few months ago! Here is what I wrote about it on Goodreads.com:

“I read a lot, but this is the first book that I’ve read in ages in just one day. In fact I read it in about four hours because I just didn’t want to put it down. It is the best novel I’ve read in a long time.

My grandmother has early onset Alzheimer’s so I could really connect with this novel. The author very accurately portrays a strong, smart, independent woman whose life was turned upside down by this horrible disease. I think I cried through about half of the book because it was just so heart wrenching and still based on truth.

I hope this novel helps inform more people about the reality of early onset Alzheimer’s and that better treatments are found quickly.”

Movies:

I don’t know how long this movie has been out, but I recently watched McFarland, USA.  It is a Disney movie so I didn’t have high hopes, but as a teacher, I think it is truly inspiring. It is about a coach, Kevin Costner, who moves to a “last chance” kind of school, and he inspires a team of runners to greatness.

Music:

Here are two merengue songs that I hear all the time on the radio here in Venezuela:

TV:

I don’t know how much of it I will get to watch this summer, but my favorite summer show began June 1st.. “So You Think You Can Dance“! I love dancing and seeing how these trained and self-taught dancers deal with new choreography!

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5 responses to “June Roundup

  1. Loved this post! I feel like I can relate to a lot of things you wrote. I’ve been abroad for a year In Europe and yes have those student loans creeping up on me as well. I also read still alive and loved it! Enjoy your trip

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  2. I am moving to Maracaibo to teach at the end of July. I am trying to prepare for packing and get everything I need (as some supplies I need to pack a whole years worth of). I was wondering if you could give me some packing advice. It would be helpful to say things I might think I need but WON’T…and things that I will definitely need. My school provided me with a great list but it made me nervous about making it all fit. How many suitcases did you bring when you moved? Thank you!!

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  3. Hi!
    I am moving to Maracaibo July 29th. I am trying to get prepared and packed. I was wondering if you could give me some packing advice. It would be helpful to say things I might think I need but won’t…and things I will definitely need. My school provided me with a great list but it made me nervous about making it all fit, especially since for toiletries they suggested packing a year’s supply. How many suitcases did you bring when you moved?
    Thank you!!!

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