Citizens of the World

You say, “Don’t let them in, keep our citizens safe”, and I wonder: Who are we? What makes us different than them?   Your good fortune to live in a safe country, free of war, does not make you any more human than those who hope for the same.   Perhaps you have been blinded to the beauty beyond where…

Are You Smart?

Are you smart? Can you do math with ease? Talking science is a breeze? Were you that one who wrote neatly, spelled all your words correctly, dotted your Is and crossed your Ts? Have you knowledge of politics, history and other “important” things?   I am smart. I don’t know much about science, can’t hold…

Traveling Light: What’s in My Bag?

I’ve long been intrigued by what people have with them when they travel. I’ve probably read every packing list posted on the internet (and spent WAY too many hours doing so). I figure, if I’m so intrigued, there must be others out there who are just as curious. And since I travel with less than…

Dear Blogging Friend

We speak from the heart, of pain, worry, fear. Free from judgement, are our comments and likes. We encourage and support, in pursuit of a common goal. I know you, dear blogger friend, in a way offline cannot offer. Words spoken from deep within, published for the world to see. You know me, dear reader,…

What Would You Like to See on WanderLaur?

We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve. – Bill Gates Help me improve! I’d like your feedback (I don’t know how this amazing writing101 assignment got put off for so long!). What have you enjoyed reading so far? What would you like to see more of? What other things can…

Times Square – What’s the Big Deal?

It’s 7:30am, I sleepily get off the bus, connect to wifi, and see that Times Square is nearby. Great, I think to myself, I’ll wander in that direction. I haven’t done any research, but I’ve heard that, as one source puts it, “the blazing wonderland… is a sight to behold”. Twenty minutes later, I begin to…

When the World Stops

As I sit atop the mountain, gazing at the nothingness beyond, I feel a sense of calm, that this is what life is really about. The sun slowly rises, shining bright – a welcome relief after the early morning hike in the cold darkness. I am subtly aware of the masses of people who surround…

Waiting For Perfection

Today, I stumbled across this quote on Rantings of a Third Kind: If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word. Margaret Atwood This is my problem, precisely. I get all these ideas. I think through entire blog posts in my mind while drive, walking, or staring out a bus window. Sometimes I…

Misperceptions

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley As a perpetual wanderer, I’ve learned to assume that no country is as bad as people think it is. In teacher’s college, in the context of teaching overseas, we referred to this as The CNN Effect. We see the worst…

Regret

There are numerous songs telling us to “let it go”. Search for “let it go” and, once you waft through all the Frozen-related sites, you’ll find many artists who’ve sung about letting something go. Check out one of my all-time favorite songs (which I also referred to in this post), one I listen to anytime I…