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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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SWEDEN’S RICHES: History lessons for everyone – especially leaders

TOUR GUIDE MAY WELL, ONE DAY, RUN FALU GRUVA SITE
Our guide at the historic mine, Emma Larsson, a native of Falun, spent much of her childhood on the complex of museums and other structures that is today a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site.
Working as a tour guide at the mine since 2005, Larsson is also a full time student, majoring in business administration.
It is quite conceivable that, one day, she will run the place. It is her goal


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BBC asks: Are smartphones killing memories?

ARE WE TOO BUSY TAKING PICTURES TO EXPERIENCE LIFE?
“The habit of taking photographs, usually with our phones, of anything and everything is everywhere – instead of enjoying things or engaging in them,” may be having negative consequences, the BBC reports today.
I first had this discussion with close friends while visiting Guadalajara, Mexico in late April. I have written about it several times on In the (K)now.
“If [people] spend the moment taking pictures, what is it exactly that they will remember?” the BBC correspondent asks.
Find the answer here.


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SWEDEN’S RICHES: Falu Gruva mine more than just big hole in the ground

SWEDEN’S FALU GRUVA MINE A TRIP THROUGH HISTORY
Before your tour of the UNESCO World Heritage mine at Falu Gruva in Sweden, visit and closely examine the various museum buildings and their contents.
A trip to this unique and (in America, little known site) offers visitors a richly woven tapestry of history – not just local history, but world history – because the economic influence of Falu Gruva was felt throughout the world during its heyday.


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SWEDEN’S RICHES: Falu Gruva mine supports kings, princes … everyone

SWEDEN’S RICHES: FALU GRUVA MINE SUPPORTS EVERYONE
The metals, minerals and gems at Falu Gruva mine, three hours northwest of Stockholm, affected the economic, social and political situation throughout Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. This World Heritage site protected by UNESCO, is filled with the most remarkable stories. Read them here in Part I of a series.


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JUMBO STAY Hotel: Not leaving on a jet plane (plus video)

On my first and last nights in Sweden recently,
I slept peacefully and comfortably in one of the most unique accommodations in the world: a converted Boeing 747 jumbo jet parked at the end of the runway at Arlandia International Airport in Stockholm.
Jumbo Stay has been in operation since 2009.
After a grueling 17-hour trip from Los Angeles, a free shuttle from the airport dropped me at the front door.
Purchased by its present owner, Oscar Dios, Jumbo Stay was converted and opened in 2009.
The experience cannot be duplicated anywhere. Let your imagination run wild – especially if you’re with a partner!
WATCH A VIDEO FOR THE INSIDE STORY.


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ABBA Museum update: More images

ABBA MUSEUM UPDATE: MORE IMAGES
I got my official media credential from the ABBA Museum … but too late for publication … after the story was published here. Due to the eight-hour time difference, however, I have still not been able to reach anyone for comment. They are all gone for the weekend.
However here are the images. I have to confess they are better than mine.
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ABBA Museum: An immersive, participatory experience (with video)

ABBA MUSEUM: WALK IN … LEAVE DANCING with video
Without a doubt, the brand new ABBA ‘museum’ is an adventure in pure joy. Perhaps a better name would be the ABBA experience. It is a groundbreaking new concept: visitors are given multiple opportunities to become virtual members of the band.
Almost all who leave are singing and dancing their way down the streets in the museum district.
One does not need to be a diehard ABBA fan to enjoy the experience. Just the music, marvelous displays and history of the global 1980s culture alone make the trip worthwhile.
For those going to Europe this summer, it is worth any detour to visit the ABBA Museum. Even if you’re not, watch the video and feel the joy.


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Travel is the best way to broaden the mind (with video)

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE VIDEO
Learning about the cultures and customs of other places and people broadens the mind more than any classroom teacher can.
Among the many fascinating folks, sights, sounds and vistas I encountered on my recent trip to Sweden and the United Kingdom, some really stand out. Meet them here. And learn from our exchanges.
We are never too old to learn new things; when we stop learning we may as well die.


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Sweden is beautiful, so are the people!

I have landed in Sweden. What a totally magnificent and beautiful country this is. Everyone is so friendly … they all have those Nordic good looks.
Just makes the mouth water!


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