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A Local Encounter that Changed my Perspective - Be a traveller, not a tourist!

INDIA | Sat, 20 Apr 2013 | By scintillating | Views [755] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Robert Stevenson once said, “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is a foreigner.’ That sip of beer instantly ravished my thoughts and suddenly made me more intoxicated, the breeze was tantalizing and the waves seemed livelier. Goa, ... Read more >

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Catching a Moment - Rhythm at 27.58N 91.87E

INDIA | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By ananyan | Views [694] | Scholarship Entry

‘Would we have understood light without knowing darkness?’ I wondered as I stepped from the garish daylight into the cool-shade of the prayer hall of the monastery. Meandering roads through the Se La had led me to that abode of peace which continues ... Read more >

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Catching a Moment - Gold in the light of Havana

COLOMBIA | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By visions | Views [408] | Scholarship Entry

We where 20 strangers looking for something through different lenses, and the same way of expression: Photography. With our cameras on hand we met in the Bogotá airport to take the morning flight direct to Havana - Cuba. We didn’t know each other, so ... Read more >

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A Local Encounter that Changed my Perspective - la dolce vita

ITALY | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By amberstar | Views [471] | Scholarship Entry

I sat in the quad of seats on the train and adjusted my over-stuffed bags under my small seat. Wrestling around a bit more, I extended my section of the metal tray table and made apologetic eyes for the disturbance to the two women sitting across from ... Read more >

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Understanding a Culture through Food - Living la dolce vita

ITALY | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By amusicum | Views [881] | Scholarship Entry

For me, food is not merely a form of sustenance. It is a way of life. In fact, I am a living testament to Erma Bombeck’s view that: ‘I am not a glutton. I am an explorer of food.’ This, I can happily say of Summer 2011, with its two week forage into ... Read more >

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A Local Encounter that Changed my Perspective - The Land of Smiles

WORLDWIDE | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By lowrilemon | Views [348] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Hands down my best experience happened a few hours outside of Bangkok. I was aware that animals were treated badly in Thailand – I saw monkeys, tigers and a leopard which definitely seemed doped up. But swimming with an elephant was the most incredible ... Read more >

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Sharing Stories - A Glimpse into Another's Life - The Pulse of Patpong

IRELAND | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By karenwalsh | Views [336] | Scholarship Entry

Illuminated and loud. The pulse of Patpong is racing, seemingly seeking an imagined destination. My eyes dart around unsure where to rest. A bicycle rushes by and I'm pushed into a doorway, halted for a moment. That's when I seen her. A face full of words, ... Read more >

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Catching a Moment - Fireworks and Ricecrackers

JAPAN | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By travelsofacuriousgirl | Views [349] | Scholarship Entry

The night air was thick with anticipation. We sat perched along the riverbank, toes skimming the grass over the edge of our wooden sandals, watching the parade of colours jostling past, waiting. It was the height of summer in Tokyo, and tonight was the ... Read more >

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Sharing Stories - A Glimpse into Another's Life - Strangers in a Longhouse

MALAYSIA | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By shamie2013 | Views [380] | Scholarship Entry

My mother’s pounding on my door again that morning. I had a hard time opening my eyes since it’s only almost two hours from the time I slid under the covers. Asia-Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN)is a network to connect Filipino speaking people ... Read more >

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Catching a Moment - From Surreality to Reality

POLAND | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By tomlin | Views [343] | Scholarship Entry

Catching a moment in history can sometimes be hard to do, but I feel it should be something that hits you. Following a long and bumpy overnight coach journey across Polish roads I had arrived at Auschwitz with my classmates. Although everyone had become ... Read more >

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A Local Encounter that Changed my Perspective - Master and student

INDONESIA | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By ishara | Views [369] | Scholarship Entry

I left the tourists and my city-slickerness behind in Ubud, Bali the day I joined the locals in craft. A rickety, old scooter with another warm-hearted local drove me up and down the hilly bamboo-lined roads to Lodtunduh - my inhibitions and expectations ... Read more >

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Catching a Moment - A Ding-ding Living Experience to Remember

CAMBODIA | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By sovisoth | Views [315] | Scholarship Entry

I was on a two-day trip to Kompong Som, Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia with some classmates in early July. The time was 6 a.m and the sun was raising itself high in the sky, splashing out its light to warm the Phnom Penh morning. I had, politely and son-ly, ... Read more >

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Understanding a Culture through Food - Korban

CHINA | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By danaig | Views [432] | Scholarship Entry

“Eling,” Hassan’s wife repeated. It meant “eat”. Before me was a whole table of food. We had already been served walnuts, crystallised sugar and numerous dried fruits. I had eaten a few of the nuts to be polite. Now the real food had been served. I had ... Read more >

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Understanding a Culture through Food - Got Food Envy? Head to Mercado San Miguel for Tapa

SPAIN | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By kerryparke | Views [1300] | Comments [4] | Scholarship Entry

Just outside Madrid’s famed Plaza Mayor, the Mercado San Miguel stands serene. A refurbished historic building made of glass and iron, it is among the oldest covered markets in Madrid. The illusion of calm dissolves, however, the moment you step inside.... Read more >

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A Local Encounter that Changed my Perspective

WORLDWIDE | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By goralentle | Views [334] | Scholarship Entry

The sounds of feet thumping and the melodious rythme of hands clapping in unison pierced the cool African night’s sky. And there we all stood mesmarised by the writhing bodies of the borankana (A traditional Setswana Genre of Dance) dancers. Having grown ... Read more >

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A Local Encounter that Changed my Perspective - Solo cycling day

CAMBODIA | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By payalindia | Views [351] | Scholarship Entry

It was a perfect sunny day and cool breeze flowing in. In a spur of moment I decided to try my hand at cycling while in this alien country. They say ‘the best plans are those plans which are unplanned’. Even I had no agenda on my mind as I trotted ... Read more >

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Catching a Moment - Gaya Station

INDIA | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By jacob_john | Views [352] | Scholarship Entry

Having waited hours on a freezing stone platform, the break of dawn came, and with it an unwelcome tremble in my gut. My final chicken curry, now a distinct smell radiating through my pores. The bitter thesis of my tour of tastes. The night before I had ... Read more >

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Catching a Moment - Driving lessons

WORLDWIDE | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By jensine | Views [307] | Scholarship Entry

"It's just like learning how to drive!" I give Gary my best skeptical look. "Here, try it!" The rain is pouring down. The night is pitch-black darkness; if you fall, you’re gone. The waves are busy trying to swing the ship deep into the ocean. My hands ... Read more >

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Sharing Stories - A Glimpse into Another's Life

CAMBODIA | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By peted | Views [288] | Scholarship Entry

Siem Riep is at once ancient and modern, beautiful and tarnished. Cambodia’s second largest city is famously home to the renowned temple of Angkor, yet it was not only these towering stone giants which created a lasting impression – but a local remok ... Read more >

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Understanding a Culture through Food - Made With Love - My Kyoto Homestay Experience

JAPAN | Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By tellmelize | Views [997] | Scholarship Entry

It’s custard, but not as I know it. It wobbles in an earthenware mug and reaching from the soft yellow deep is the tip of an octopus tentacle. Normally I’d be reaching for help with my own tentacle, saying "Get me out of here!" But my Japanese host grandma ... Read more >

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