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Travel has been an integral part of my life since I was a young child. I grew up in a multicultural, bilingual home in the Netherlands with a Polish mother and a Dutch father. My
A brief update: One interview video will be uploaded tomorrow evening. I believe the BBC News One-Minute World News provides well-balanced reporting of news, hence why I wanted to share it. Top stories on May
When you first meet Oluwagbeminiyi Osidipe, you encounter a very vibrant, friendly, and unique personality. Oluwagbeminiyi or Niyi – as she shortened her name for simplicity – was named by her mother, who had a “very personal experience” when she had her, Niyi explained. Niyi is a Yoruba Nigerian transplant who arrived in the U.S. in 2006. As one of the most densely populated (West) African countries, Nigeria derives its name from the river that spans its land. To the South, it borders the Gulf of Guinea to the Atlantic Ocean. Originally colonized by the British, Nigeria gained independence in 1960. Its main ethnic groups are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, who speak English and their own respective languages, while major religions include Islam, Christianity and indigenous beliefs. Niyi shares her story, her views on politics, cultural differences she’s embraced with humor, and what we can learn from each other by expressing curiosity. Her message is simple: travel enriches us through its exposure to new cultures, and enables us to grow.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” (American author Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad).
Have you had the opportunity to travel (extensively, within your country, or even once abroad)? Can you relate to Twain’s sentiments? How does travel enrich us?
Food has the wonderful quality of uniting us no matter where we are. There is nothing partisan or narrow-minded about food. It simply invites us to indulge, create recipes, and share with others. Two of my favorite Polish dishes (included in collage) are pierogies and barszcz czerwony – a beetroot soup – served on Christmas Eve in Poland. How does food bring us together? What are some of your favorite dishes and why? Can food trigger memories?
DEFINING STEREOTYPES: “An idea or statement about all of the members of a group or all the instances of a situation.” (Merriam-Webster). Stereotypes enable bias and preconceived notions to perpetuate, but can also reveal valid
“The world changed immeasurably over the course of 2011. Across the Middle East, North Africa, and far beyond, citizens stood up to demand respect for human dignity, more promising economic opportunities, greater political liberties, and
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Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in Beijing, China. Inflation, a lack of career prospects, the fall of Eastern European communism, and political corruption, are all said to have fueled anger
A cup of coffee can bridge cultural gaps. At least, that’s what Gizem Salgicil White, founder of Turkayfe.org, believes. Her organization aims to create awareness of Turkish culture, particularly within America. Gizem is a Turkish native,
Every country has a (multi)cultural footprint. And, travel encourages open-mindedness about exploring these cultural footprints.
Travel lets us experience new cultures. Sometimes these cultures are similar to ours, and at times they are not at all familiar to our own. Through travel, we observe traditions, experience history, taste new cuisines, take in art forms, meet locals, and appreciate alternative perceptions of life.
About the CultureTrav blog
On this blog, we dig deeper at cultural immersion. We’re interested in hearing stories about how you connect with locals, and embark on new adventures. We appreciate reading stories about hole-in-the-wall cafes, spontaneous moments, and less-than-ideal situations. We enjoy stories that highlight what makes other cultures unique, but also those that look at similarities that connect us as people.
Our founder, Nicolette Orlemans, comes from a multicultural background. She has always been interested in hearing others’ stories. Nicolette also hosts a weekly #CultureTrav Twitter chat bringing travelers together to share impressions and perspectives. We encourage you to share stories of your hometowns, of your local communities, and of your experiences that have enriched you.
How do we do this?
– We share stories and lessons learned by travelers in foreign cultures, and give them a voice to share their recommendations, too.
– In our series with Storytellers, travelers share about their own cultures at home, and what travel has further taught them about our world.
– Through conversations with travel entrepreneurs, we hear about the interesting endeavors they’ve launched in the world of travel.
Nicolette Orlemans, Founder/Editor
Nicolette is the founder of Culture With Travel and the weekly Twitter chat, #CultureTrav. She has extensive experience in social media management and communications strategy for various healthcare organizations, an e-commerce site and freelance initiatives specializing in travel. Nicolette lives in New York, NY. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram, @nicolette_o.
Samuel Calvo, Site Administrator & Graphic Designer
Samuel is a website administrator and graphic designer for Culture with Travel. He has worked as an executive and admin assistant specializing in marketing, social media management, graphic design and more. Sam lives in Ilocos Sur, the Philippines with his wife and their baby boy.
Haley Schwartz, Co-host of #CultureTrav
Haley is a co-host of #CultureTrav, the weekly Twitter chat that connects travelers all over the world. Haley was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012. Since then, she has lived in Georgia and New York and embarked on many international adventures. She’s constantly seeking to broaden her horizons by visiting and learning from different cultures. Connect with Haley on Twitter and Instagram!
Culture with Travel Blog Correspondents
We’re also excited to have a great group of regular Culture with Travel correspondents who write about their experiences. See how they explore locally and internationally. Follow their adventures and read their stories!
Brian is the founder of I May Roam, and is Culture with Travel’s East Coast correspondent. He resides in Pennsylvania when he’s not traveling, and also leads food tours and The Ramones music tour in NYC! Follow Brian on Twitter!
Aditi was born and raised in Delhi, India, and moved to New York to attend Columbia Journalism School. On her blog, Shifting Centres, Aditi writes about expat life and cultural experiences. She is our Culture Correspondent.
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Valerie Sisco is the founder of Grace with Silk and is Culture with Travel’s Food Correspondent. Valerie is based in Orlando, Florida.
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Kevin Wilkerson is a freelance writer who publishes the travel and nightlife blog PubClub.com. He’s the California correspondent for Culture with Travel living in Hermosa Beach, California.
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