10 Things You Should Know When You Go Camping with Your Boyfriend’s Entire Family for a Whole Week 1. You must first remember that camping is not a right, it is a privilege. Your boyfriend’s parents have been camping at this same campground every summer for 40 years, and your boyfriend and his sister have …

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So, what does Novosibirsk, Russia, look like? Novosibirsk is not a pretty city. In fact, it’s ugly. Picture factories and Soviet apartment complexes, both poorly kept and marred by graffiti. The graffiti, often says “Nactia (or Tanya, or Masha, or Dasha) forgive me! I love you!” But despite the sentiments, it still doesn’t look good. …

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[dropcap]Z[/dropcap]oi has been a traveling aficionado since her 20’s, but it wasn’t until her 50th birthday that she took what she calls her first “big, out-of-comfort- zone adventure,” –– a trek in the Himalayas from Lukla to Goyko Lakes to the base of Mount Everest. “For me mountains are alive,” Zoi says, “they have a …

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[dropcap]D[/dropcap]espite heroic sleep deprivation and a very loose game plan, I was ready. I had just submitted what felt like my life’s work condensed into six months researching beauty pageants in Cape Town and successfully hopped on a plane to Durban International Airport. I had my well-worn copy of Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, …

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[dropcap]”W[/dropcap]e believe that yoga is for everybody, even you.” That’s the motto of The Body Electric Yoga Company, the studio that Jenny Miller and Katelyn Grady opened last March in St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition to teaching yoga, Jenny and Katelyn lead yoga and rock-climbing retreats; so far, they’ve been to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and …

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter writing a thesis on death postures as lyric and hermeneutic trope in three American novels, Caroline Parke decided she needed to write her own poems on the themes that preoccupy her. She is currently working on her first full-length collection of poetry, and many of her poems, like the one below, are meditations on …

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was a hot day in Pune, India. It was March; it hadn’t rained in five months. Beneath my bare feet the earth was brown and cracked, and the grass on the campground was yellow, rough like straw. But I was soaking wet, my grown-out pixie cut that was fast becoming a mullet plastered stickily …

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What is daily life like in a Catholic orphanage, home for abused mothers, and central operating office in a large Siberian city? Well, I’ll tell you. I wake up at 6:40 every day, and the first thing I do is reach over to the bedside table, grab a chocolate bar, and start eating. Chocolate is …

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[dropcap]K[/dropcap]atelin Kelly is a seventh and eighth grade Language Arts teacher at Little Wound Middle School on Pine Ridge Reservation in Kyle, South Dakota. She is also a badass slam poet. For a reflection on her experiences working at the home to the Oglala Sioux, check out her poem entitled “How?” How? by Katelin Kelly …

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ara Alan is a writer and photographer living in the Green Mountain National Forest of Vermont with her husband, Tyler Kellen. The pair spent two years cycling through Europe and Asia, and are now in the midst of another big adventure: building an off-grid homestead. They journal about their experiences at goingslowly.com.   [divider]The Interview[/divider] Where …

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]licia Witham has sailed in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and, in a few months, around Thailand, for work and (always) for pleasure. She is currently at OCSC Sailing in the San Francisco Bay where she is an instructor-turned-manager. Though she now calls the beautiful Stinson Beach, California home, she’s a Maine-r, …

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