Planning to Visit Japan

We've been trying to plan a trip to Japan for several years now. This fall the stars aligned and we are actually making it happen! Brian visited Japan in 2014 for work, traveling to Tokyo, Kyoto, Utsunomiya, and Nagoya. He came back raving about the experience—the architecture, the cuisine, the hospitality, and the efficiency and …

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Literary Travels: Reading Lolita in Tehran

I always have a book in hand, but the one I just finished had me so engaged while I was reading it--and has continued to intrigue me after having finished it--that I thought it was worth some commentary. I've been reading a lot of fiction lately but Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi is an autobiography--'a …

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2013 Travel Recap

Each year I try to recap the places I've been. I didn't start my blog until 2009 (years prior to 2009 involved lots of travel so I don't know how I would have recapped all of that!) and the trips have been reasonable--both domestic and international, and some not so far from home. Although I …

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Honeymoon Travel: Ionian Coast

The last port of our honeymoon cruise was along the Ionian Coast of Turkey--Izmir (formerly Smyrna). I was fascinated with Turkey and would love to return--we really only touched the surface of Istanbul, and Izmir and Ephesus were a completely different experience that really indicated the incredible vastness of what Turkey has to offer. Although …

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International Travel on a Budget

I had the unexpected pleasure of a pre-honeymoon jaunt to Europe, thanks to the fiance having to travel for work. He had customer visits in Russia and then I met him in Switzerland, where he was completing trainings for a Europe-based branch of his company. We both headed to Paris where I ran around on a …

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Study Abroad: How Setting Expectations and A Little Kindness Can Go a Long Way

A month or so ago a colleague and I were speaking with a graduate student from Iran about how she ended up studying and conducting research at a couple of universities in the mid-west. She was the most wonderful, bubbly, likable person I've met in some time, but our conversation took a bit of a …

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Travel for (His) Work: France and Switzerland

I've had some wonderful experiences traveling for my work, especially the last couple years as the fiance has been able to tag along. It's not all sunshine and roses. As I've mentioned, there is not much glamour when you travel for work and also commit the bulk of the trip to working--but there are the …

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Wedding Planning: Choosing a Honeymoon Destination(s)

Planning our honeymoon has been the most exciting and terrifying part of the wedding planning so far. I want the trip to be brilliant, and I really want the fiance to have a great time because he has traveled less, at least in Europe, and so has fewer expectations, which he tells me is a …

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Traveling Through Your Alma Mater

One of the reasons I chose to attend Kent State University was its study abroad programming. I knew in high school I wanted to study abroad at least one semester during college, and the university's programming in that regard caught my attention. Reading about what the university has to offer in the way of study …

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