Travel

My Love for Florence Dear Florence, Ever since I visited your city for a school trip, I have been entranced by its immense beauty. I was greeted with rolling hills with different colors of green, and wheat fields that remind me a lot about my temporary home in Moscow, Idaho. When I saw your seemingly-endless sunflower fields, my jaw dropped. I’ve never seen so many sunflowers in my life! Another impressive place I visited was the Boboli Garden. Every section of the garden radiated beauty, and each one was unique in its own way. Whether I was admiring the sculptures from the 16th through 18th centuries or just meandering down a path of overlapping trees, I loved the adventure of getting lost in the garden and not knowing what to expect. I was also in...
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I’m sure you’re nice people. That’s why I don’t blame you, even if you laughed to yourselves after (one of) the most traumatic event(s) that I remember of my ‘early years’. I saw you at Munich Airport at three in the morning. The sun wasn’t up, but obviously you were. I was half awake, mindlessly trotting after my family as we rushed to find our flight without even being able to understand the signs. I remember hungrily staring at every restaurant we ran past, salivating at the thought of food even after a big breakfast. At a particularly scrumptious picture of apple danishes posted outside of a bakery, from which wafted an odour that I like to think resembled that of the gates of heaven itself, I paused. My moment of hesitation wasn’t enough to make me lose sight of my...
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Dear Responsible Travelers, I am writing from a remote Himalayan destination.The reason for approaching the global responsible traveler community is to make them aware of their power in developing sustainable tourism initiatives at the natural and cultural resource rich but economically poor regions all around the globe. I hope all of you will agree with the definition of Responsible Tourism as summarized by Dr. Harold Goodwin with reference to the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism (2002). Well, as a bonafide resident of one of the UNESCO's designated World Heritage Site of Nanda Devi National Park in India and thereby a legitimate primary stakeholder in the tourism debate, I am raising few questions. Before doing that, I wish to emphasize that much before...
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When I started teaching, I knew it was going to be challenging. After all, I’d be shaping young minds and helping them tap into their potential, and I knew that the way I went about it would make a difference in whether they’d learn anything or not. I wanted to do a good job and be the best teacher I could possibly be, but it wasn’t until I actually started my first class that I realized just how life-changing this experience was going to be. Right now, I’m very glad I took the plunge and started teaching English as a second language. I love children, and working with them every day has always been a dream come true. It’s lovely to see a young mind opening up to knowledge, and I’m glad I have the opportunity to help them with that. Most of the kids I teach are really sweet, and even...
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All my life I had wanted to travel the world and eventually take roots in a foreign country. Not expecting it would happen this way, it did. My fiancé was offered a job opportunity in Dominican Republic. Now you’re probably thinking who wouldn’t want the opportunity to live in the Caribbean, bask in the sun, eat the local foods, and learn a new language. Yes I was consumed with the idea and my fiancé was too. So we started our move to Santo Domingo. The first city of the new world. Colorful, beautiful architecture, and history for days. What’s not to love? Everyone back home kept exclaiming how excited I must be and I was. From others, I got told how crazy we were. Which may be the case but back to the point; deep down I was more than terrified to move to a new place not knowing anyone...
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Dear slower driver in the left lane, How could you possibly think that going 60 mph in a 70 mph is okay, especially if you’re in the left lane? Truth is, it is not okay if there is a whole line of cars behind you trying to at least drive the speed limit. I was on my way back home for a family even and for miles I had been driving behind you and flickering my high beams at you because you need to move over for the 10+ cars behind you. I didn’t want to switch lanes and speed up just to get in front of you because that is more dangerous than you just moving over for all of us. It just annoys me so much when people don’t follow the rules, especially on the road where every driver’s lives are on the road. You should really think about other drivers more than just yourself because driving...
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WARNING TO ALL UNIVERSITY GRADUATES... Never ever pay money for a China Internship since the REAL ones are free and you can apply yourself DIRECTLY with any Fortune 500 or MNC company operating in China in about 1 hour or less. Simply fax your resume, photo, and contact info to the HR department to ATTENTION: Intern Coordinator. Send your resume before April 15th if you are looking for a summer placement. They will provide you the required invitation letter you will need for a Z Visa. These two links will keep you away from the many scams: http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/fake-gi2c-china-internship-testimonials-reviews-mislead-lure-scam-victims and http://freechinainternships.blogspot.co.uk. Also keep in mind that only about 5% of interns are ever hired for a full-time...
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Dear Southern Rail, I would like to apologise for the delay in this letter, this was caused by rain and the lack of a writer. Now, when you decided to create a railway transport service, surely you considered something, most commonly known as weather. A wondrous thing, that can cause rain, sun and snow. From previous experience, I'm gathering that you didn't consider it and because of that huge glitch, I now have to put up with trains being delayed and cancelled because of it. I feel no sympathy when you announce that a train is being cancelled because it is too hot. Give them a calippo and get them back out on the track, because I've got somewhere to be. Also I would like to know where this apparent profit that you reinvest into the train service goes, because I have not seen...
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Considering the content of my complaint below, I suppose I shouldn't really be surprised that despite your automated response to my email telling me that you "Aim to respond fully" to my "enquiry within 20 working days".......I haven't yet received one. Time keeping certainly isn't your strong point is it Southern? So I wonder if an open letter will help prompt a reply to the below email which was sent on 26th January 2016? Let's see...... Dear Southern, I have been travelling on the London to Brighton line between Clapham Junction and Burgess Hill since March 2014. During this time I have experienced many, many delays to the services which I pay a hefty sum for each month. Since the new timetable came into effect in mid December 2015, my regular trains changed to...
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An Open Letter To Airlines Greetings, My name is Melissa and I am both a frequent flyer and a single mother of a 9 year old boy. Because my employment demands that I live on the West Coast and my son's Father lives on the East Coast I am dependent upon air travel to visit with my son. Let me begin by saying that I am very fortunate and blessed with friends and family who have helped make visitation with my son possible, and that I am sure there are many people who are not so privileged. It is for them that I am writing this letter to you as well as for myself. This year I have a job that is flexible and allows me work remotely. Recently I stretched the flexibility of my company for a four month period so that I could see my son on the holidays. In order to do this I requested...
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