One year after our round-the-world trip: Thoughts, lessons, struggles, and advice

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by BreAnn

Two years ago exactly from TODAY, James and I sat in an airplane at the Milwaukee airport watching workers spray the wings with de-icing agent… We were overcome by conflicting emotions as we realized we were about to leave everything familiar in our lives to embark on a year-long journey around the world. What we […]

Comments by non-Americans about “strange” American trends

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by BreAnn

When you grow up and live your life in one place, it’s sometimes very easy to forget about what’s “normal” to us but completely strange to others.  I find it incredibly interesting (and sometimes funny!) as an American to step back and hear what people from other cultures and countries say about their strange experiences […]

Back in the good ole U S of A!

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by BreAnn

That’s right, folks… after one whole year of traveling, we are back in our homeland FOR GOOD!!  Can you believe it?? I know we still have more stories we need to write about here, specifically regarding more of our adventures throughout Africa and then Iceland as well (WOW… and we have some amazing photos to […]

Back home (in the U.S.) for the holidays

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by BreAnn

So, I’m sure this news comes quite unexpected, but James and I are back in the United States for the holidays!  James flew back on Wednesday, December 4th, and I just arrived yesterday, December 11th. Feels good to be back on U.S. soil with loved ones in Sacramento (California), and right now our main focus […]

Which countries like and dislike the United States?

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by BreAnn

With everything going on in the world and the United States, nowadays, you might wonder what the rest of the world thinks about us. Not only is this interesting information to know, but MORE IMPORTANTLY, it’s essential for you to personally know how other countries generally view the U.S. if you plan to travel somewhere […]

Gaining an interesting perspective on the Vietnam War

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by BreAnn

I’ll admit it: I hated history class as a student from elementary school right through grade twelve. I didn’t absorb much of what I studied because I learned just enough to make the grade and move on. So, as we traveled through Vietnam, it was very eye-opening to see actual war sites and learn about […]

You’re lucky English is your first language . . .

Posted on September 24th, 2008 by BreAnn

What would you say, or how would you respond if somebody said to you, “You are SO lucky that English is your first language.”?  Maybe you’d respond the same that I did when I was first asked that question . . . I answered, “Really?” somewhat dumbfounded, and then I really thought about it for […]

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