Category World School

Our Family’s Global Family Field Trip

The following story of our global family field trip appeared in Birmingham’s Over the Mountain Journal on March 15.  It gives a 30,000 foot view of our ~5 month journey. Amped-up Road Trip.

Delaney’s RTW Trivia Quiz

When people learned of our “Global Family Field Trip” the responses were always the same: you’ll learn much more from traveling than you will from a textbook.  So I’ve created a 25 question quiz that summarizes some of the lessons we learned.  Please take it and let me know how you do!

Life, Death, and Reincarnation–Bali Style

What in the world are they making? I ask myself as we approach a young Balinese man standing atop a ladder, with two other young men assisting him.  The man on the ladder appears to be sewing the final touches on a larger-than-life bull piñata. With a quizzical look on my face, I ask “What […]

Why the Balinese Don’t Need Baby Name Books

One of the best parts of having a baby is getting to choose the name, right?  While it may be for us Americans, the Balinese have a special naming system in which only four names are used! They don’t even get to pick from the four choices, because the Balinese and people of the nearby […]

The “Baa-awesome” Agrodome Sheep Show

You may or may not know that there are more sheep in New Zealand than humans.  The ratio of sheep to humans is 9:1 in New Zealand.  New Zealand has 34.2 million sheep and 6.2 million cows.  Kiwis love their sheep–everywhere you look you see a pasture overflowing with sheep.  You can’t come to New […]

Māori People, the Original Kiwis

If you look back on history, it seems like most countries were colonized or settled by either the British or French.  With each country settled by one of the two superpowers, wars with the natives took place.  The early American colonists fought with the Native Americans, the Australians took over the Aboriginals’ land, and the Kiwis […]

The World’s Steepest Street

Every city has that one street either nobody wants to live on, or everybody wants to live on.  In San Francisco, Lombard Street, or the World’s Crookedest Street, is that desirable street.  Halfway across the world in Dunedin, New Zealand, Baldwin Street is the dreaded opposite.  The complete reverse of Lombard Street, Baldwin Street is perfectly […]

Kim Phúc: Vietnam War’s Napalm Girl

Everybody has seen the picture of Kim Phúc, the girl in the most famous photograph from the Vietnam War. But what everybody doesn’t know is her story, and how she made it out of Vietnam. We had hired a guide and a driver for the day to take us to some of Saigon’s most famous […]

Meditation with the Monk

I found myself in a half lotus position on a yellow circular pillow that was on a yellow, square mat. My thumbs were touching my middle finger. I was meditating trying to meditate like a Buddhist.  This wasn’t as easy as I’d expected. Maybe I should start at the beginning. We were visiting the Trúc […]

Riley’s Guide: How to Cross the Street in Vietnam

As you probably know by now, the traffic in Vietnam is insane. Motorbikes on the sidewalks; driving on both sides of the road; entire families on a single motorcycle; and the few stop lights here are completely ignored. It is complete chaos, but the locals are unfazed by it. Now, after two and a half […]