Archive for the “America” Category

Why Americans Don’t Travel Overseas

We’ve all heard the alarming statistic — only 15% of Americans own a passport. (Update: That number is about 21% now) That number is rising, but only because Americans are now required to show a passport when going to Mexico and Canada. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin only got her passport last year, and has only been to military bases in Iraq and Germany. In fact, she has implied that traveling is for the rich: “I’m not one of those […]

Free Things to do in Boston

Boston, Massachusetts is one of the most-visited cities in America, and people from around the world flock here during the summer months. Chances are Boston is on your list to see and, as you know, big cities can be hard on the wallet. Boston has a lot to do, meals get expensive, and hotels aren’t cheap. But I grew up in this city, and though it is no longer my home, I know it like the back of my hand. […]

American Independence Day

Today’s July 4th, American Independence Day. Across the nation, Americans are taking work off and celebrating the day we declared independence from British rule. Since it falls on a Monday this year, everyone is extra thrilled about the three-day weekend. Celebrations, fireworks, and barbecues are taking place in every corner of the land. Just like with Memorial Day, today’s blog will be about the holiday! History of July 4th On July 4, 1776, British colonists declared their independence from the […]

Boston, part 2

With my time in Boston slowly getting away from me, I decided to explore my city. Last time, I went walking through its parks and historic Beacon Hill section. This time, I was going to explore Boston’s historic side. Boston is one of the oldest cities in America and has played an important role throughout the history of the United States. The first university was founded here (Harvard 1636), the Revolution began here, the first public school was built here, […]

The American South

I had been driving around “The South” for the past three weeks, and was using this opportunity to give the area a chance. Where I’m from, the South doesn’t connote great thoughts. My preconceived notion of the South was that it was a land of rednecks, racists, and raging bible beaters. It still thought the Civil War was going on, and it’s filled with trash, trailer parks, idiots, and the occasional poetic sage. Aside from a few major cities, nothing […]

Boston, Part 1

With my time in Boston coming to a close, I decided to really get out and explore the city. It has been ages since I’ve actually explored it. Isn’t that how it is, though? You never really see the city you live in all your life because it is always there. Well, not anymore! Boston is a small and compact city. It’s easily walkable, and so I broke up my city tour into various walks. My first walk took me […]

Things I Learned Traveling Across America

As a kid, my family went on the obligatory roadtrips to various states, but we never went far from the East Coast of America. The only time I had been west of Mississippi was to go to LA for a flight layover. Driving across America, therefore, would be my first real trip around my nation. I didn’t know what to expect. I was going to areas I only had preconceived notions about – the redneck south, the boring Midwest, the […]

The Grandest Canyon

During the expansion of America, there was an old adage: If people wanted to find their riches, they were told to “go west.” Though a little late, I followed that adage and went out west. And I was blown away. If you haven’t gone west, you’ve been missing out. The American west is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and within it lies one of the world’s greatest wonders – the Grand Canyon. Of the national park’s […]

A History of Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in America. Memorial Day – always celebrated on the last Monday in May – is a day in which we honor our country’s fallen soldiers. In honor of the day, here’s a history of the holiday: History of Memorial Day Following the end of the American Civil War, many places set aside a day to honor soldiers who died in battle. These observances eventually coalesced around Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and several Confederate memorial […]