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How to Travel for Free

I love this new movement that’s encouraging people to go beyond their comfort zones and explore new parts of the world. Travel is not just a fad or something you do for vacation to get away from your realities – travel is an opportunity to learn about the world around you, to challenge your previous limited scope of view, and to unravel stereotypes and misconceptions. Travel is essential for anyone and everyone, and is crucial in fostering understanding – as well as the fact that it can be a great time. But the harsh reality is that not everyone has the luxury of traveling the world. Tickets to different continents can range $400 to $5000 – and that’s long before the cost of accommodations, food, transport and souvenirs are factored anywhere into the equation. Traveling is definitely not a poor man’s past-time, and the cost can be a hinderance for…

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Slayed & Saved’s Guide to Thailand

First of all, let me just say that you have Taste of Thai and Taste of Thai Express in Ithaca, NY to thank for this post. An unhealthy addiction to Pad See Eew and Thai Iced Tea developed during my years at Cornell is definitely the reason Thailand hit number one on my ‘Places I’d Love to Travel to (Once I Can Afford to Travel)’ list. Aside from the food aspect (which, let’s be honest, is always the first factor to consider in all important decisions of life: ‘will there be good food there?’), I think Thailand appealed to me because it was one of the Southeast Asian cultures that I studied in a class on politics and culture in Southeast Asia (abbreviated as SEA from here on out), and I just knew that it was a region of the world I wanted to explore in depth, especially because of…

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McDonalds, Barbie, and Successful Cultural Adaptation in India

I don’t eat fast food that often. but on the rarest occasion that I do go to McDonalds (it’s almost unavoidable on a road trip), I order my usual Number 1: A medium-sized Big Mac Meal. I have been to McDonalds in America, France and London, and a Number 1 was pretty much universal to me. The menus across the three countries, while a little different in branding, pretty much remained the same. And then I stepped into a McDonalds in Mumbai where a Number 1 was most certainly not a Big Mac. “We don’t serve Big Macs here.” I was told. My eyes scanned the menu overhead. Mc Aloo Tikka. McVeggie. McSpicy Paneer. McEgg. Spicy Masala Chicken. But no Big Mac. In fact the only thing that resembled or sounded like anything I’d seen elsewhere was their Filet-o-fish and theirMcChicken. Everything else was foreign. Foreign to ME. But not at all to its most frequent customers. While my…

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The India Example: Alleviating Social Pressures and Fueling Growth and Development

If you’ve been following my blog posts you know I spent the last week in Mumbai, India. I was there on a consulting project for school, working with a multi-billion dollar company involved in several areas of commerce- but specifically with their real estate business. The end goal was to help them figure out ways in which to make their affordable housing more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, given Mumbai’s over-population and the ever rising pressures on social amenities and infrastructure in the region. For me, it was also an opportunity to look at a topic I’ve always been interested in practically: comparative growth between Africa and Asia. In effect, I finally had the opportunity to look firsthand at models for growth and development in India, and see the ways in which they might be applied or adapted for the Ghanaian development dilemma. Now, let me first say, spending a week in…

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