For a long time, I have made my decisions based on my fears. Change is scary, but also refreshing. Since that day, I try the best that I can to make my decisions based on what makes me vibrate. They tell me I'm lucky. I'm telling you that I challenge and defeat my fears.
In a destructive climate how do we open the eyes of our students to the complexities of the human condition? How do we ignite their curiosity about the natural and social world? How do we teach them to think critically and respect human difference?
1. Dad, yes, I have hitch-hiked. I also became a pro. "Why take the bus, if I can go there for free" has become my favorite transport quote. Yes, sometimes, I have been afraid. Yes, I'm still alive. Yes, I plan to do it again.
Once I was a refugee, too. During the fall of former Yugoslavia, I visited many refugees camps all over the war-torn region. I edited a book of refugee stories. Every war is different, so we should never put wars into the same theoretical box, or placed on the same vanity shelf.
My family and I were nomadic nearly my entire childhood, and as an adult I have traveled to over ten countries and lived in three. While freelancing in Paris, several friends began asking for help constructing fun itineraries for their trips abroad.
I'm still relatively new to the world of travel dating so my heart has not yet hardened to the understanding that some things just can't last... no matter how absolutely amazing the connection is and how much you really want to be with the person beyond the vacation.
I'm a nomad. And I live every waking moment of my life with full of butterflies in my stomach. Not literally, of course. But you see my point: it's annoying, frustrating, uncomfortable, but all at the same time, exciting.
Last week I met one of the most interesting Internet personalities ever: The Modern Nomad. He takes the art of alternative living to a new level. He has no home. What he owns fits in his backpack. Every few months he packs up and explores a new part of the world.
Mongolia is still a land where wind whips through horses' manes as they race across a terrain of rolling green pastures. Herders roam the steppe, in tune with the seasons. But a lot of that is about to change.
Games give us places, spaces and whole continents to explore and wander. And all of them are here for us to sate our curiosity, to satisfy that ancient human need to see what's behind that hill, that mountain, that horizon.
After many hours in flight -- more than 22 from Boston! -- I finally arrived at the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. To my surprise, it was a bustling, very Western looking capital with all the cars, traffic, restaurants and high-end shops one would see anywhere in the world.
Two years later, while many in Mongolia continue to recover from the 2010 dzud, the trend of urbanization still continues, and at a rapid rate. Many herders now agree that pasture quality and the harshness of recent winters are so bad that herding has become untenable.