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A State of Gaiety and Trance

UNITED KINGDOM | Wed, 30 Apr 2014 | By pneuma | Views [266] | Comments [17] | Scholarship Entry

It’s nearing dawn and it suddenly feels as if the trials of life have reached its peak. City life gets rather sedentary and redundant after a point that to cool off we automatically confine ourselves to the man-made vices of television and alcohol to ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

First Time in Sardinia!

ITALY | Thu, 12 Sep 2013 | By annarisa | Views [1143] | Comments [16]

Check this story out to find out about the first four days of my Italy trip, which I spent in the beautiful province of Oristano, chilling on the beach, meeting new people, and doing my best to conquer the jetlag :) Where do I even start? Possibly ... Read more >

The Story Begins

ITALY | Sun, 15 Sep 2013 | By annarisa | Views [349] | Comments [16]

So now I'm going to start talking about what it's actually like for an Australian to live in a small university town in Italy. But first things first: let's get the pronunciation right. Macerata is not, I repeat NOT, pronounced Musssssssserata. Say it ... Read more >

The Days Go By

ITALY | Thu, 19 Sep 2013 | By annarisa | Views [213] | Comments [16]

And time ticks on here in Macerata at pretty much the same rate as other parts of the world, though it's a little more relaxed here and I feel like I have more time on my hands. However, this doesn't mean I am sitting around doing nothing. By far the ... Read more >

Hell is worth a Visit.

PHILIPPINES | Tue, 13 May 2014 | By findingfrankie | Views [789] | Comments [15] | Scholarship Entry

Through the last of the trees, a clearing becomes visible, with the most pristine lake right in the middle of the island. The locals are friendly, humoring you as you finish strapping on your life jackets and helmets. Four per boat they say, as your feet ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

Win a Prize @ Anna in Italy

ITALY | Fri, 18 Oct 2013 | By annarisa | Views [304] | Comments [15]

I was ecstatic to note today that my blog has had over 1000 views! What dedication from my faithful readers!! So to show my appreciation to you all, I want to put in place a mini-competition, and give you a chance to win a small prize, sent to you in ... Read more >

Back to the Land of Sunshine

ITALY | Wed, 16 Oct 2013 | By annarisa | Views [281] | Comments [14]

Ok so the minute I stepped off the aeroplane into the blazing sunshine on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia I asked myself why I am actually living in Macerata. And I just spent the most amazing weekend of my life there, seriously it was just so nice ... Read more >

The Dog Story

ITALY | Wed, 2 Oct 2013 | By annarisa | Views [751] | Comments [13]

One thing you should know about Macerata if you’re ever planning on coming here is that it is a town swarming with dogs. Big dogs, little dogs—all over the place! Of course, you guys know me, the biggest dog lover out there, so this poses ... Read more >

The Road to Macerata

ITALY | Thu, 12 Sep 2013 | By annarisa | Views [301] | Comments [12]

Before I start blogging about life in Macerata, which is where I am now, I just wanted to share a couple of random things from the trip here. Things that happened, people that I met and so on. Sometimes I have to just wonder what my life would be like ... Read more >

Finalmente na estrada: Tributo ao Tempo

TURKEY | Sat, 14 Dec 2013 | By andreamxavier | Views [200] | Comments [11]

​ Tributo ao Tempo Dizem que a vida é curta, mas não é verdade. A vida é longa... para quem consegue ... Read more >

We love WA

AUSTRALIA | Wed, 4 Dec 2013 | By gcadventuresdownunder | Views [175] | Comments [10]

G'day. Hope everyone's well. Sorry this first post has taken a while. I had some technical difficulties (shocker!) We've now ditched Off Exploring as it was being a pain & opted for this site instead so hopefully everything will work.   ... Read more >

Week 5

ITALY | Thu, 10 Oct 2013 | By annarisa | Views [183] | Comments [9]

Well it’s been about a week since my last update, but I can’t say I’ve really had any life changing experiences in the last seven days (such as avoiding more traumatic deaths by Italian dogs) so if you’re looking for stories of ... Read more >

To Begin With, Why Am I Traveling Around the World...?

USA | Sat, 1 Feb 2014 | By cfitchey | Views [166] | Comments [9]

My first Round The World (RTW) map dates back to September 2008. At that time, I had already been planning to take a RTW trip for almost 10 years so I guess it’s been about 15 years now that I’ve been dreaming of doing this. I’ve ... Read more >


INDIA | Wed, 14 May 2014 | By sanaarora | Views [85] | Comments [9] | Scholarship Entry

Passengers are drawn to the train like iron pieces to a magnet. I watch. Learn. Push. Push harder. Manage to fling one foot on the train, and pull myself into it. The train moves. What a miraculous achievement in the last 20 seconds! No entry perhaps, ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

One Hell of a Day

PERU | Fri, 8 Nov 2013 | By aylariver | Views [350] | Comments [8]

Feeling homesick is the worst thing about traveling. It keeps you down, you cry...alot, and all you can really think about is home. This is what I have been experiencing since the second I got here. Crying myself to sleep, waking up with crust on my ... Read more >

And the Studies Have Commenced

ITALY | Fri, 27 Sep 2013 | By annarisa | Views [331] | Comments [8]

This week I attended class for the first time in Italy: I had 6 hours of International Law, which is a third year subject taught in English. I'm getting a nice, easy introduction to studying here, with one subject this week, another one starting next ... Read more >

Kung Fu in China Weeks Fourteen to Seventeen

CHINA | Sat, 14 Dec 2013 | By korric | Views [263] | Comments [8]

We're doing more training inside the training hall now that the weather is getting colder. The heat is turned on now, so it's more bearable, but it's still generally a little chilly in the rooms. Fridays we normally go up and down the stairs between ... Read more >

Tags: china, martial arts

Drama in Sardinia

ITALY | Sat, 16 Nov 2013 | By annarisa | Views [243] | Comments [8]

Last Thursday I set off once again for a few days of rest and relaxation in Sardinia. Little did I know that one of the most embarrassing experiences of my LIFE was shortly to take place in this haven of sunshine, peace and tranquillity. It all started ... Read more >

A Hitch Hiker's Tale

INDIA | Fri, 2 May 2014 | By musafirujan | Views [129] | Comments [8] | Scholarship Entry

It wasn't a sudden impulse at all. Everything was neatly unplanned. I have been conjuring this “unplan” for a whole semester. Only the few minor details were left out, one of them being the destination! All I knew was, I have to go somewhere, as far as ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

Peregrination Through Pulaski

USA | Thu, 8 May 2014 | By exploreraparajita | Views [85] | Comments [8] | Scholarship Entry

‘Protecting the green Savannah, you stand,/Oh, the valiant Pulaski, elegant and grand.’Fort Pulaski was mere a name to me, which I found in my history book, until the day, I visited Pulaski on the last day of our trip to Savannah.We started off from our ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

A welcomed guest

USA | Fri, 13 Sep 2013 | By honeyknuckles | Views [306] | Comments [7]

    I’m enjoying my first ever sugar cane, straight from the cane. It was a gift from Frank’s uncle who I met in Urru village where his bibi (grandma) lives. He chopped it down for us as we made our way out of the trees to ... Read more >

Tags: africa, children, education, nonprofit

Random Thoughts

SPAIN | Mon, 23 Sep 2013 | By kimlyons | Views [175] | Comments [7]

Hola Todos! Wow! A whopping 40C today in Polla de Siero and yesterday, 35C! No complaining on my part, though, as I know most of you are living with much lower temperatures and only expect it to get colder! I am sending warm rays of sunshine your ... Read more >

Tags: camino norte, camino primitivo, pilgrims

Names of God

UGANDA | Tue, 13 May 2014 | By timkironde | Views [95] | Comments [7] | Scholarship Entry

The boy in shorts waits on a veranda near a grocery store in Kagugube, a Kampala suburb. With his hands stretched out, he jumps around a movie poster. He looks very serious as another boy (his size) approaches. The other boy grips at his hand to drag ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

Pai & Chiang Rai, Thailand

THAILAND | Sun, 22 Sep 2013 | By cwalker1218 | Views [4128] | Comments [6]

There was much more I would’ve liked to have done in Chiang Mai but unfortunately we were tight on time. I would’ve loved to have seen the tigers as well but they are drugged so that tourists can have the pleasure of cuddling up to them. ... Read more >

Beluga Smile

USA | Tue, 13 May 2014 | By rmckinley | Views [2457] | Comments [6] | Scholarship Entry

It was the smile that confounded me. I had not prepared for the joy. My students rushed out the school doors towards the beach with shouts of elation. I had never seen the village so alive. Compared to the gentle pace of village life, today was a torrent ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip


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