To be perfectly honest, I enjoy Halloween. I like costume parties, scary movies, and carved pumpkins. I accept it’s a commercialized holiday here in Mexico (much like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and even Christmas — yes, I said Christmas), but that doesn’t mean people cannot enjoy it on their very own terms.
1. It has shown me that sometimes I can trust strangers more than my friends.In my first trip outside Spain, I learned that I couldn’t trust my friends as much as I’d thought I could. Jose, Pachu, and I had planned to meet at Estación Sur in Madrid two weeks before we started our second year at university.
AFTER THE RECENT ISIS ATTACKS, there’s been plenty of discussion of how the United States should respond, many focusing on military intervention and revenge. But what many haven’t discussed is how U.S. ally relations have contributed to the spread of ISIS in the Middle East. Perhaps our most troubling ally in this regard is Saudi Arabia.
1. How to lend a helping hand.Step one foot into Vietnam and you’ll be greeted with two things: sticky, steamy air and the warmest of welcomes. While America is made safe and welcoming with tedious and drawn-out security checks, expensive alarm systems, and keeping children inside with video games, Vietnam is made safe and welcoming by the generosity of its people.
1. A Michigan native knows how to play euchre.A Michigan transplant, on the other hand, will look confused if you ask them how to play, have no idea how to pronounce ‘euchre’ if they see it written, and will misspell it if they hear it out loud. Euchre (pronounced Yoo-ker) is a card game played between two teams of two, and it’s great for going up north.
1. “Move aside. The Google bus is approaching, and we must bow our heads to respect our benevolent overlords.”2. “No, I don’t think there’s anything going on this weekend.”3. “Hang on, let me just give this guy by the BART machine some change; I hate to see someone lose their ticket day after day.”4.
1. MYTH: The biggest influx of undocumented immigrants comes from people sneaking in through our uncontrolled border.Though we often portray the border as an uncontrolled area, between 2014 and 2015, border agents have actually more than doubled, while illegal immigration has actually decreased. But even with the increase in security (or even if we built more walls), this may not necessarily affect illegal immigration.
When the stock market crashed in 1929 leaving shattered lives and a fatigued economy throughout the United States, Asheville carried the heaviest burden of all. Yet like many American cities, Asheville celebrated a booming economy in the 1920s, blissfully ignoring an awaiting financial doom. See our guides for: Asheville Museums & Historic Sites, Top 10 Civil War Sites and Top House Museums.
1. The Lip PointIf a woman asks you to pass her a magazine that is in the room, and you ask her which one she means, she won’t point at it with her finger and say ‘that one’. That would be too easy.She instead will pout at the magazine in an exaggerated manner and slightly flick her head back as she’s doing it.
These guys hiked around Big Sur and saw a dolphin escorting three grey whales and their calves - Our SiteThe cliffs of Big Sur, California are a great place for whale watching, but what these guys captured from up there is truly captivating — Three gray whale cow/calf pairs cruising together through the kelp, chaperoned by a bottlenose dolphin.
1. Malaysians are not ‘horny’ … we are ‘salty wet.’ (Ham sap)2. Malaysians don’t say someone is ‘uptight’ or ‘anxious’…we say ‘you are a tight long spider.’ (Kan cheong spider)3. Malaysians don’t ‘get confused’ … we ‘scramble around making a lot of banging noise.’ (Kalang kabut)4. Malaysians don’t say someone has a ‘casual attitude’ … we say they’re ‘green vegetables.
1. That “no shirt, no shoes” policy is for real.Going from the beach to a restaurant or store now requires a wardrobe change.2. People are always bringing up McLovin.Ugh. Just. Ugh.3. There are roads where the speed limit is more than 55mph.On-ramps become major stressors, and merging is now your worst nightmare.