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Educate yourself: take a trip abroad
Aug 3rd, 2013 by Warren Swil

Travel beats any classroom,

any teacher – hands down

Hotel Rui Plaza, an impressive 42 story high-rise with 557 guestrooms, is the newest addition to the Guadalajara skyline, which it dominates from every direction. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.

THERE ARE FEW BETTER ways to get a real education than to travel abroad.
That from one who spends a great deal of time in the classroom!
No classroom – and no teacher, alas – can offer the kind of lessons one learns from foreign lands: the cultures, the history, the social norms (all different from one’s own, no matter where you call home)… even the different currency, drinking age and favorite local beverages.
Not to mention the local cuisine!
Then there are the survival skills required in the modern, high-tech world we live in.

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Search abandoned for missing yacht with 3 Americans aboard

SAILORS PRESUMED DEAD AFTER SEARCH CALLED OFF
As search for the historic 70-foot American schooner Nina was called off on Friday. It was reported missing on June 27.
A Florida family and four others are presumed dead and their yacht lost.
It is a tragic loss, but do not forget: they perished doing something they love. I hope I go that way. May they rest in peace.


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U.S taxpayers helping destroy global treasure

TAXPAYER MONEY USED TO THREATEN GREAT BARRIER REEF
The U.S. Export-Import Bank is spending billions of dollars in taxpayer funds on a project that threatens to cause irreversible harm to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“[T]here is concern that [this project is] contributing to the destruction of one of the world’s natural wonders,” says former CBS News Anchorman Dan Rather.
It’s a scandal that an agency of the United States government, using our money, is contributing to the destruction of the only living thing can be seen from space.
We should be doing everything we can to stop it.


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Adventure of a lifetime

Gale force winds, 10-foot swells challenge four from L.A. during Great Barrier Reef ‘cruise’ August, 2000: Hayman Island, and others AS WE cleared the channel between Hook and Hayman islands in the Whitsundays Group off the northeast Australia coast, the weather deteriorated rapidly. The sky darkened with heavy clouds portending rain. Visibility dropped as the […]


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