Monthly Archives: May 2013

India Trek by the Numbers

1.2 billion people.
18,000 travel miles
22 official languages
19 days
5 major religions
3 cities
2 rural stops
1 amazingly enriching trip.

My classes will never be the same.

Thank you, Hilton HHonors and Institute of International Education.

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Talk to Me About World Travel

 An historical map of the world by Ortelius, 1570 A.D.

An historical map of the world by Ortelius, 1570 A.D.

A wise man once said only a fool doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. I’m no fool. Traveling to India this summer on a Hilton HHonors Teacher Trek travel grant will be a completely new experience for me. There is much I do not know about world travel today.  I would welcome need the advice of savvy world travelers out there willing to share their experiences.

Nothing is too small or mundane. Got a tip? A suggestion? A funny or scary story?  I would love to hear from you! If you would like to share something with me directly, submit the form below. If the prompt inspires you to post, then link back to me here and use the  tag, “Talk to me about World Travel”  so I can find your post and share with others.

Thank you in advance for the benefit of sharing your experiences!

(Email address not required unless you want me to be able to respond to you; I will never share it.)

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Angelou on Travel

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

– Maya Angelou

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Next Stop, INDIA!

Courtesy Trey Ratcliff,

Courtesy Trey Ratcliff,

I am absolutely thrilled to tell you I received the Teacher Trek grant!!!

I am so thankful to everyone who took the time and trouble to offer your support — this wouldn’t be possible without you! To the Hilton HHonors program and the Institute of International Education, I really appreciate this amazing opportunity to share the world with students; I intend to make the most of it.  THANK YOU!!

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India: The World Factbook


Courtesy Trey Ratcliff,

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Indian Tea Production

Courtesy Akarsh Simha, Wikimedia Commons

Courtesy Akarsh Simha, Wikimedia Commons

India is famous for its tea, producing a wide variety with regional distinctions. Darjeeling and Assam teas are among the most widely known. India is among the largest tea producers in the world, currently second to China.

First introduced to India by the British in the 1820’s, Indian tea production was initially a British attempt to break the Chinese monopoly. Using Chinese seeds and methods, the British East India Company established plantations in the high, cool region of Assam, at the foot of the Eastern Himalayas. India went on to dominate tea production for a century with most tea being exported to the West. Following a marketing campaign in the 1950’s, the popularity of tea surged within Indian borders. Currently, approximately 70% of the tea produced in India is consumed in this populous nation.

British Indian Empire, 1909. Imperial Gazetteer of India.

British Indian Empire, 1909. Imperial Gazetteer of India.

To get one person’s sense of a operating tea plantation, see Sangeeta’s post.

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Teacher Trek Awards Announced 5/16!

Courtesy Trey Ratcliff,

Courtesy Trey Ratcliff,

The voting phase of the Hilton HHonors Teacher Trek  travel grant competition is over.  Fifteen lucky teachers with the most public votes will have their proposals funded.  These treks will be the trip-of-a-lifetime for each teacher involved. World travel  can broaden views, break down barriers, and enrich classrooms through firsthand experiences. I am so appreciative of Hilton HHonors for supporting education generally, and cultural education specifically.  Their financial support makes these enriching experiences possible.

I am also so VERY thankful of everyone who took the time to register and to vote on my behalf. Regardless of the outcome, it has been a wonderful experience.  Equally thrilling is that being selected as a finalist by the Institute of International Education has secured a $2,500 cash award to enrich students’ experiences in my department.

Now the hard part… waiting until awards are announced May 16th!   The announcement will be made at

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