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Long Layover? Short trips from Heathrow

by Ed Forteau / May 08, 2018 /
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If you're flying through the UK, there's a good chance you'll have a layover at London Heathrow airport (LHR). Layovers can be dull, but they're an unavoidable part of modern travel and we all just have to put up with them. If your layover is more than the usual few hours though, the delay can turn into an opportunity. There's lots to see and do in the area around Heathrow if you have the time to explore.

Long Layover? Short trips from Heathrow

History Comes Alive in Hong Kong

by Sandy Bornstein / May 04, 2018 /
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A two-day trip to a mega city, with a preponderance of excellent attractions, can be overwhelming. With jet lag slowing my pace, coupled with intermittent rain dissuading outdoor activities, I set aside one day to learn about Hong Kong’s history. The best place to begin my adventure was at the Hong Kong Museum of History. This museum was established in 1975 “to preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage of Hong Kong.” 

Artist of the Month: Ashlee Forde, Disfusional Studios

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / May 01, 2018 /
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This past fall, while watching the costume contest at Grand Rapids Comic Con, I was weary. I was sitting up front near stage left, so that I could get a glimpse of the incredible costumes as they exited the stage. However, as you know if you have seen a costume contest, they take a while.

Lillie Cosplays: Sharing Cosplay Culture at PechaKucha Kalamazoo

by Lillie Forteau / Apr 30, 2018 /
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On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, I spoke at one of my favorite places, talking about one of my favorite things, in my favorite thing. It was truly amazing - I cannot say that enough. I thank the good amount of sugar in my bloodstream that day for helping me get through it, thank you Canada dry ginger ale. 

Lillie Cosplays: Sharing Cosplay Culture at PechaKucha Kalamazoo

Exploring the Ecoparque Museo del Chocolate in Uxmal, Mexico

by MyKidsEatSquid / Apr 23, 2018 /
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For the ancient Mayans, chocolate acted as currency. As a food for the gods. As a drink reserved for royalty and rituals.

Thanks to the Mayans, the rest of the world came to know the power – and appeal – of chocolate. It's a story that's told from start to chocolatey finish at the Ecoparque Museo del Chocolate (Eco Chocolate Museum) in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Music: Songs of Hope and Respect

by Kerry Dexter / Apr 16, 2018 /
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Music is one of the world's great ways to connect, to reach across barriers, to get to know people and place. In a time when division seems to be the order of the day in many aspects of life, music can offer ways to think about connecting. Perhaps going to hear a concert will lift your spirits and give you a break from thinking about such divisions. Then again, perhaps a bit of wisdom, an insight, an image you receive by way of a song or a tune will inspire you to carry on with ways to heal, to respect, to connect.

Travel Plans This Summer? Don't Let RA Symptoms Stop You

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Apr 09, 2018 /
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The summertime may bring opportunities to travel for business or pleasure, but hitting the road may also bring on aches and pains if you live with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. So how do you cope with common travel conditions that may lead to an increase in pain from RA?Here now to talk about ways to help managange travel triggers, are rheumatologist Dr. Grace Wright and Maria, a woman living with RA.

Travel Plans This Summer? Don't Let RA Symptoms Stop You

History Comes Alive at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

by Sandy Bornstein / Apr 06, 2018 /
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My love of history has inspired countless trips to museums around the world. It’s a wonderful treat when I only have to drive a half an hour to visit a spectacular event. While traveling exhibits include only a small portion of a museum’s collection, they allow a wider audience to become exposed to an important topic. 

Artist of the Month: Melissa Cordes

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Apr 03, 2018 /
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Wandering the Artist Alley at Grand Rapids Comic Con, we were stunned with the talent everywhere we glanced. Like everyone in the hall, we looked and marveled, and then the next booth came, and we did the same, ad infinitem. When we discovered artist Melissa Cordes, though, we actually stopped (never an easy feat at a busy comic con) and talked. So impressed with her talent, beautiful art, wide variety of styles, and joy in creating, we knew we had to share her art with our wandering educators. 

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Intersection of Home and Travel

by Stacey Ebert / Apr 02, 2018 /
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As travelers, we go to many different lands. We cross bridges, we break bread with strangers, we learn languages, and get bombarded by cultural change right and left. There are deliberate choices, those we have no control over. and everything in between. We visit particular places for certain reasons and others because…why not? But, throughout the entire process, there are times that we yearn for home. What is it that ‘home’ really means? When traveling, how do we find home?

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