10 Fun Facts About The Winter Olympics

Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Snowboarding, and Ski Jumping — oh my! I don't know about you, but I am an Olymp-addict — and I can never get enough of the Winter Olympic Games! 

Here are some fun, crazy, and intriguing facts about the Winter Olympics.


What's The Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato?

Colorful mounds of sweet iced goodness sit in glass-topped coolers, enticing those walking by to stop and purchase a scoop (or two) of melt-in-your-mouth flavors like lemon, Nutella, and blood-orange creamsicle.

Nothing beats gelato.

But, then there's ice cream — served in crunchy waffle cones in favorite flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, or mixed with things like cookie dough, or cheesecake.

Mmmmm...


6 Golden Rules For Being A Good Writer

Recently, I had a chance to attend a seminar — led by novelist, and magazine editor Curtis Gillespie — about narrative journalism. Curtis is the editor of the award-winning Eighteen Bridges magazine and has won National Magazine awards for his writing.  

The biggest takeaway for me was, what he called, his six golden rules for being a good writer. 


Reads For The Road: "The Wave" by Susan Casey

I will be the first to admit that the science section of any bookstore can be a bit intimidating.

Most of the books there are by someone with "Ph.D." after their name and are written in a language that may as well be Greek to me. 

Luckily, Susan Casey writes in a language that I have no problem understanding. 


A Day In The Life of An English Teacher in South Korea

The weekend had disappeared quickly, too quickly, and when I opened my eyes, I realized that the fluttering in my stomach meant that it was Monday and even if I wasn’t entirely prepared for it, my official first day as an English teacher had arrived.

On my way out the door, I couldn’t help taking one last glance in the mirror and a long deep breath to try and settle the butterflies in my stomach.


Quiz: Which Book Should I Read Next? 

Is your New Year's resolution to read more? Are you looking for something interesting to read on your next trip? Or, have you just finished a book and want to try something new? 

Take our quiz below to see which book you should read next! 


Your Guide To Christmas Traditions Around The World

Did you know that the first Christmas card was sent in the UK in 1843? That the most important holiday decoration in Peru is a nativity scene? Or, that candy canes were originally all white? 

Check out this fun infographic showing you how different cultures around the world celebrate the holiday season with their family and friends!


Reads For The Road: "The Witches of New York" by Ami McKay

This is one of those books that weaves you into its spell and has such interesting and dynamic characters that you are heartbroken when the story ends because you so badly want to continue to be a part of their lives. 

Ami McKay's third book (she is also the author of the bestselling novels The Birth House and The Virgin Cure), The Witches of New York takes place in 1880, two hundred years after the Salem witch trials.


10 Things That Are Illegal In Singapore Some of the things that are illegal are, well, kind of normal — especially to a visitor.

10 Things That Are Illegal In Singapore
Some of the things that are illegal are, well, kind of normal — especially to a visitor.

Reads For The Road: Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden North Korea is fascinating because there is so little that we know about it.

Reads For The Road: Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
North Korea is fascinating because there is so little that we know about it.

Reads For The Road: Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson This novel is a whirlwind of intense and all-to-real emotions.

Reads For The Road: Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson
This novel is a whirlwind of intense and all-to-real emotions.

The Book Flood: An Amazing Icelandic Holiday Tradition One out of every 10 Icelanders will publish one book in their lifetime! 

The Book Flood: An Amazing Icelandic Holiday Tradition
One out of every 10 Icelanders will publish one book in their lifetime! 

The Best Subscription To Give For Any Occasion Does your friend live on the other side of the country?

The Best Subscription To Give For Any Occasion
Does your friend live on the other side of the country?

The History of The Swedish Dala Horse An important part of Swedish history and culture. 

The History of The Swedish Dala Horse
An important part of Swedish history and culture. 

Reads For The Road: "The Shadow of The Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafron This book was recommended to me by a friend that I met while travelling.

Reads For The Road: "The Shadow of The Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
This book was recommended to me by a friend that I met while travelling.

Why Do People In North America Wear Poppies in November? Remembrance Day is a day that has been observed since the end of WWI.

Why Do People In North America Wear Poppies in November?
Remembrance Day is a day that has been observed since the end of WWI.

8 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Halloween Did you know that Halloween is actually an Irish holiday?

8 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Halloween
Did you know that Halloween is actually an Irish holiday?

Why Teaching English As A Second Language Isn't Easy It may seem like an easy language for those of us who speak it, but it's not. 

Why Teaching English As A Second Language Isn't Easy
It may seem like an easy language for those of us who speak it, but it's not. 

Reads For The Road: The Social Life Of Ink by Ted Bishop How can ink be so fascinating, you ask? Here's how… 

Reads For The Road: The Social Life Of Ink by Ted Bishop
How can ink be so fascinating, you ask? Here's how… 

10 Ways To Be Like A New Yorker On The Streets of NYC Here's how you can blend in with the locals in New York City! 

10 Ways To Be Like A New Yorker On The Streets of NYC
Here's how you can blend in with the locals in New York City! 

Karate, Judo, Taekwondo: Your Guide to Martial Arts Around the World What is the difference and where did they come from?

Karate, Judo, Taekwondo: Your Guide to Martial Arts Around the World
What is the difference and where did they come from?

Be Polite to Your Waiter In France or You Might Be Charged More! Waiters can charge customers more depending on how rude they are.

Be Polite to Your Waiter In France or You Might Be Charged More!
Waiters can charge customers more depending on how rude they are.

Why Are Chinese Gangs Called Triads?  If you watch crime dramas, you have heard the term 'triad' at some point.

Why Are Chinese Gangs Called Triads? 
If you watch crime dramas, you have heard the term 'triad' at some point.

The Legend of Guatemalan Worry Dolls What are worry dolls and where does the tradition come from? 

The Legend of Guatemalan Worry Dolls
What are worry dolls and where does the tradition come from? 

How Important is the First Line of a Book? The following are first lines from some new works, old-favorite, and obscure stories.

How Important is the First Line of a Book?
The following are first lines from some new works, old-favorite, and obscure stories.

Don't Point Your Feet In Thailand!  The head is the most sacred part of the body and the feet are the dirtiest. 

Don't Point Your Feet In Thailand! 
The head is the most sacred part of the body and the feet are the dirtiest. 

100 Best Novels Written In English Here is the list in order of the year the book was published.

100 Best Novels Written In English
Here is the list in order of the year the book was published.

Reads For The Road: "The Swerve" by Stephen Greenblatt A journey through antiquity to the modern age.

Reads For The Road: "The Swerve" by Stephen Greenblatt
A journey through antiquity to the modern age.

What Is Ramadan? The History of The Religious Celebration This month-long holiday involves fasting, and abstaining from  indulgent activities

What Is Ramadan? The History of The Religious Celebration
This month-long holiday involves fasting, and abstaining from  indulgent activities

Interview With The Incomparable David Suzuki Suzuki is an environmentalist, activist, public speaker, writer, and teacher. 

Interview With The Incomparable David Suzuki
Suzuki is an environmentalist, activist, public speaker, writer, and teacher. 

Why Are Elephants Lucky?  In some places elephants are treated like gods and are symbols of luck.

Why Are Elephants Lucky? 
In some places elephants are treated like gods and are symbols of luck.

What You Need To Know About Canadian Food Here's what you need to know about Canadian food: there is no Canadian food.  

What You Need To Know About Canadian Food
Here's what you need to know about Canadian food: there is no Canadian food.  

Some of My Favourite Inspirational Quotes Get inspired for your next adventure with one of these inspirational quotes!

Some of My Favourite Inspirational Quotes
Get inspired for your next adventure with one of these inspirational quotes!

7 Scottish Wedding Traditions You Need To Know Scottish weddings are not for the faint of heart — they are loud, rowdy, and  fun!

7 Scottish Wedding Traditions You Need To Know
Scottish weddings are not for the faint of heart — they are loud, rowdy, and  fun!

Amazing Inspirational Quotes To Inspire Your Next Big Adventure Check out quotes by actors, writers, and other famous folk. 

Amazing Inspirational Quotes To Inspire Your Next Big Adventure
Check out quotes by actors, writers, and other famous folk. 


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