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Globalization At Its Finest
August 5, 2010, 9:58 am
Filed under: Ethiopia, Video Post


Ever tried Pigeon? Maybe you should go to EGYPT.
July 21, 2010, 5:15 pm
Filed under: Egypt, Video Post

I’ve tried a variety of strange and interesting things while traveling.

In Thailand, I ate fried grasshopper and worms.
In Turkey, I consumed sheep’s brain.
In China, I dined on fried scorpion.

Today, I tasted grilled pigeon in Egypt.



I Am A College Graduate!
May 14, 2010, 6:45 pm
Filed under: Plain Mary Jane, Video Post

Dear friends,

Yesterday I graduated from Global College! I officially have a bachelor’s degree, with a major in Global Studies and a concentration in Economic Development. Yesterday was such a proud day for my family and for myself- these past four years have been quite a journey.

In celebration of this accomplishment, I wanted to share with you my Senior Graduation Video that I created for Global College. It is a short story on my life the past four years, the things I’ve seen and learned, and the places I’ve traveled to.

Enjoy!

Much love,

Brittany



The Best Birthday Yet
March 3, 2009, 9:22 pm
Filed under: India, Video Post

Note:

This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘Brittany Goes Global,’ (wanna know how I got the blog name? ;)) in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Global College’s CRC Program through Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.

Hey guys!
Well, I turned 21 yesterday in Varanasi and so far it has been my favorite birthday yet. It’s funny, because last year I turned 20 years old in Varanasi also- I can’t believe I am celebrating my birthday in the same place again halfway around the world, who knew the odds?
We started the day off in the best way. Last year, I had decided when I turned 20 on my birthday I would ‘shed my ego overcoat and go into the Ganges River’ (we had a very inspiring talk from Professer Mishra last year, who explained the ganges river and why it is holy in the most beautiful way). Just to let those know who are not familiar with the Ganges River, it is a holy river in India that stretches from the North to the South, but probably the holiest site is in Varanasi, where thousands of pilgrims flock to each year. Lots of people bathe in the Ganges, but it’s usually the locals in Varanasi who use the river as a bath, or pilgrims looking to go into the Ganges River to wash away their sins.
So last year I had promised myself I was going to go into the Ganges River, and for those who read my ‘India ’08’ group last year I’m sure you remember what happened- I got up at sunrise and saw about 30 men taking a shit around me, and I decided this was not the best of ideas.
But this year I was DETERMINED to go in because of my past year’s failure. So my friends Amy and Jeff made a pact that we would go into the water at sunrise on my birthday.
Well, it started out well enough. We got up, Rachel and Howard came along to document photos, I bought a candle for my birthday and floated it down the river as a sign of good luck and fortune. We got to the edge of the steps, Amy, Jeff, and I, and we all clasped hands. Rachel, ever the amazing photographer, started documenting our epic tale, our heads held high against the beautiful sun rise slowly peeking out of the sky, our hands held tight together.
“Okay, ready?” I said. “Let’s do this.”
We slowly started walking down the stairs, trying to feel this sense of peace and calm that we were about to dip into the Ganges River and wash away our sins- and then Jeff slips and tumbles into the water, pulling me and Amy facefirst into the Ganga River with him, arms flailing and all. And Howard got this on VIDEO! Suffice to say it is the funniest thing I have EVER seen. We were all standing in the Ganges River cracking up hysterically. Well, I suppose I learned the same lesson as last year. If this is not ‘shedding your ego overcoat,’ then I don’t know what is!

You can check out the ridiculous and hilarious video below!

Anyway, it was a beautiful way to start the day and a sign for the great things in my life to come. I had an amazing birthday. I spent the day reading, going out to lunch with Heidi and watching Life As A House (my favorite movie), getting a really risque massage, and having the most amazing party at Hayat, a mediterranean restaurant that we often frequent to- so much amazing food, amazing friends, amazing presents, amazing music, amazing rose hookah- amazing times. The entire day I was surrounded by people who love me, and I am so grateful for all of the birthday posts and reminders that people are thinking of me. I think of myself as one of the luckiest people in the world to be surrounded by so much love.
I go to Nepal in a few days!
Much love,
Brittany



Weekly Update #3478
November 9, 2008, 1:20 am
Filed under: Pictures Post, Thailand, Video Post

Note:

This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘Brittany Goes Global,’ (wanna know how I got the blog name? ;)) in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Global College’s CRC Program through Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.


Hey everyone,
So first off I just want to say how happy I am that OBAMA WON! It was around 10 AM in Thailand when the news broke out and my teacher ran out to buy us all beers and we sat around the huge TV in the hostel’s office watching Obama’s victory speech. We celebrated all day long and went out partying at night (We drank ‘Obama cocktails’- props Chai’s bar), and we lit up an ‘Obama’ Thai lantern and sent it flying in the sky, along with fireworks. It was a pretty tight celebration in Chiangmai. Wish I could’ve spent the day in Kenya though, where apparently they went on national holiday. I was so happy and proud to be an American that day.
So we’ve completely settled down in Chiangmai now and taking in the area. One night we decided to sit in on a Chiangmai town meeting- oh guess what, we heard people talk in Thai for 2 hours. Super interesting.
But I did get to sit down for a ‘monk chat’ and talk to some monks from Cambodia. Yes, I know what you’re all asking. I now know monk jokes. I can’t ever reveal them to anyone, though. Just like they can’t reveal the knock-knock jokes Mira and explained to them.
We also made a pilgrimage to Doi Suthep, the most famous Buddhist wat (a Thai monastery) in Chiangmai. Pretty much everyone got sick from the crazy winding mountains and Rachel threw up. Sweet, don’t worry about it.
On a more serious note, we went to a Thai orphanage for a few hours to play with the kids, and I kind of had that feeling like I was in Calcutta again volunteering at Mother Theresa. Some of the people in my group didn’t really want to interact with the kids or play with them. I came with the feeling that I have a much better life than these kids and if I can donate a few hours of my time to make them feel wanted and loved, then it’s the very least I can do. I felt that thing about volunteering again, you know, helping these kids taking that one small step in their life that they’ll never remember you for, whether it’s changing their diaper or washing their clothes or pushing them around on a merry-go-round. But I will remember.
Unfortunately this whole ‘giving back’ plan gave Jeff, Rachel, and I something in return: some kind of crazy stomach virus. So I’m not sure whether it’s from the kids or if there’s a crazy little parasite in my stomach but it hasn’t been a fun weekend. One of the wonderful things about traveling…
OH also forgot to mention, I hacked off all of my hair. I decided the dreadlocks, while they were fun for a bit, not really my thing. The cutting-of-hair was a complete impulse decision; I was about to go to bed at 2 AM and then I just got up, went over to the mirror, and pulled out some nail clippers. I cut off one of my dreadlocks and I was like ‘alright, let’s do this.’ I got Amy to help me cut everything else off and we took lots of pictures, which you can find below!

Check out the short clip of my reaction to my newly shorn hair.

Alright so here’s to laughing through the parasites feasting on my intestines, here’s to learning monk jokes, here’s to cracking open beer at 10 in the morning, and here’s to experiencing the ups and downs of traveling the world.
Check out the haircut pictures below!

The Haircut Chronicles