Students travelling abroad learn experiencing a culture through a lesson plan is very different from experiencing it in real life. Students who have been taking German classes for several years in high school may feel pretty comfortable speaking certain phrases. Continue reading

The recent tragedy in Barcelona, Spain, in which a van was driven into pedestrians on La Rambla the afternoon of August 17, reminds us all of the “new world order” in which it can be quite dangerous to be in a large crowd. This event appears to have been a terrorist incident, although the details are still emerging as of the time of this writing. What is apparent, however, is that persons traveling abroad and visiting high profile tourist cities, especially but not only in Europe, need to be aware of their surroundings and take precautions. Continue reading

In an age of constant and instant communication, the idea of sending a family member to another continent where they could be out of touch for many weeks or months gives some people pause. In the old days, kids never wrote and never called; updated to now they never Facetime and never text. Continue reading