The Quotes of Washington DC.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, this past week, the 8th grade students at my school took their yearly trip to Washington DC. While we spent plenty of time walking around the city, visiting each site of importance, what I was most struck by was the amount of quotes that seem to decorate the city.

Below, I have shared with you a few of my favorite quotations from around the city. Not only do these quotes have special meaning to me, but they also seem to bring the city of Washington DC to life with voices that so clearly echo from the past.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Inspired to Make it Count.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted an Inspiration of the Week, but after watching this video, I just had to share it with you all.

Nike asked Casey to create a video about Making it Count. To do this, Casey and his friend, Max, used the budget given to them to create this video by traveling around the world in ten days, the amount of time it took for their money to run out.

Not only is the video inspiring, but it’s also proof that time doesn’t always have to hold you back from traveling the world.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.” Irish Blessing

Worth Any Cost or Sacrifice.

“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” Elizabeth Gilbert

If travel is your first love, as it is mine, you’ll understand exactly what Gilbert means. It is worth any cost or sacrifice because travel brings much more to life than anything else ever could. For me, this is the absolute truth. Travel enhances life, gives us a feeling of being alive, and allows us to experience life in a more concentrated way. Each experience I have had while traveling has made me a better and stronger person, which is why most of my money tends to go to travel.

Off to Vegas!


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Wandering the World.

Day 14: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s prompt: QuoteWhat’s your favorite quote about travel? Why does it stand out to you?

Wandering on Fiji.

Choosing one favorite quote about traveling is a difficult task, as I find so many of them relate to my views on travel. But, I have decided this would probably be the best time to explain the quote that is the basis behind the name of this blog.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

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Saying Good-bye.

Saying good-bye; it’s my least favorite part of any trip. Good-bye to friends, new and old. Good-bye to a new country. Good-bye to the care-free nature of traveling. Hello to…reality.

I am horrible at good-byes, and I’m as emotional as they come. I tear up quite easily, and I hardly get embarrassed by the tears I shed. Which means, I just let them flow easily, whether I’m in an airport, alone in a taxi cab, or walking down a city street. It’s therapeutic and helps me deal with the change that’s about to occur.
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Inspiration.

As a teacher, I am often inspired on a daily basis by everyday occurrences. I find inspiration all around me and bring it into my classroom any way that I can. My goal is then to inspire my students: to help them grow, learn, and understand the worlds of reading and writing. However, my favorite experience as a teacher is when I am the one who has been inspired by one of my students. And, that’s exactly what happened this week.
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Right There and Then.

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” William Least Heat Moon

New Zealand. August 2010.

The Voyage Never Ends.

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” Pat Conroy

Today, I have been home from Asia for a month. Yet, I still find myself missing it on a daily basis, which means for me, that I will probably always feel this way.

I guess in thinking about it, I felt this way about New Zealand and Fiji after visiting last summer. I spent time there learning about the people and the language. I felt like I really understood each country and fell in love almost immediately. I guess, for me, the countries I visit, along with the people, cultures, and traditions, lock themselves inside me and refuse to let go. Continue reading