Podcast # 50 Birthdays

A birthday is a special time to honor the day of arrival on earth of a friend or loved companion. The life journey is filled with rivers of tears and mountains of joy. There are moments that last forever and moments that disappear into the night. NOW is the time to participate fully in the many wonders of this world. Regardless of our circumstances, our attitude towards what has come upon us is our choice. Let's walk on this earth as eco-citizens, people who act with reverence towards all life and keep the atmosphere clean with positive thoughts. This is the Journey of Life!!!
Thank you for traveling with me through these many podcasts and blogs of "Traveling with English." Send a blog and I'll appropriately respond. Ja, ciao, farewell.
Joseph Britton
Associate Professor
Osaka Prefecture University
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Podcast # 49 Thoughts For The Day

Often when traveling, people aren't adequately prepared for the local weather conditions. Holiday travelers seldom enjoy intense heat or rainy days. Actually, a walk in the rain can be quite pleasant. In many urban areas the rain will clean the air. In dry, hot areas the rain can be very refreshing. In some places, like Ireland, or one of the Hawaiian Islands, the weather can change several times in the same day. It's all part of the dynamic experience of traveling abroad.
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Podcast # 48 Relaxing in New York City

New York City has one of the largest city parks in the world, Central Park. Within the hustle and bustle of this dynamic city, full of museums, music, dancing, endless ethnic restaurants and shops, you can peacefully relax in the serenity and beauty of this grand park. Bring a book, your guitar, a picnic basket and dearest friend and what a wonderful day you shall have!!!
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Podcast # 47 Tours

Most large cities through-out the world will have a Tourist Information Center (and certainly many small cities too). Often the workers at these centers will feel proud and delighted to tell you about the historical sites in the area along with the fun, 'must-see', entertainment spots. Take advantage of these TIFs. Their advice is free and is often a bright light amidst the confusion that sometimes appears while traveling in foreign lands.
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Podcast # 46 Hotel Problems

The quality of hotel conditions and services varies tremendously from country to country, culture to culture, and within each city. It takes a lot of personal research, recommendations from friends, and sometimes luck that determines how you will be served. As you are the one paying for the hotel service you have the right to be provided with adequate and comfortable services. Of course, you should read the hotel policies as it might tell you such information as, "There will be no hot water this week due to construction" or "We change towels once every two days", and so on. After looking at any special conditions such as these, and checking one of the open rooms, along with the price including taxes, then you can decide if the hotel is the right choice for you. Be a wise traveler.
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Podcast #45 General Information

Internet cafes have changed with the times, many being chic environments where the international traveler can relax in comfort. Many internet cafes, in the States, Europe and parts of Asia, offer a variety of beverages, healthy sandwiches and desserts, upbeat music and comfortable chairs. This provides you with an environment for slowly taking your time while sending those important messages to your business associates or, maybe of more concern, to your loved ones, along with booking online your next appointment, hotel or airline. It's a lively place to talk with new friends, and connect with old friends online.
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Podcast # 44 Entertainment 2

If you have never gone to a NYC Broadway musical, I strongly recommend it. The style of acting is strong, energized, and hits your emotional center. Often there will be singing and dancing to support the score (theme or plot) and to entertain the audience. It's a experience that will delight you and give you a long time joyful memory.
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Podcast #43 Entertainment 1

When visiting large or small cities around the world you might find it interesting and fascinating to see professional performances by the local people. You may find yourself enchanted by authentic flamengo dancing, American Indian dance rituals, Chinese opera, Russian ballet, the Czech puppet theatre or even a rock concert. You can usually find these artistic events through the local tourist centers which will also aid you in how to purchase tickets. Open your mind to the infinite forms of creativity that flourishes in our world.
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Podcast #42 Exercise 2

Though traveling can be so exciting, at times, it can also be exhausting. This can be due to eating unhealthy food, too long sitting in the same position as in a car, bus, or plane, moving through time zones, and lack of exercise. Even when tired or jet lagged, it's often a good idea to do some exercises in the form of stretching, brisk walks, playing sports or even deep breathing. All of these will energize you, give you a better sleep at night, and help to keep you healthy. And maybe most importantly, it can be a lot of fun.
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Podcast #41 Exercise 1 (friends)

It's the dream of so many people to swim with dolphins. Dolphins are known for their friendliness, high intelligence and, at times, protectors of people who are in danger while in the sea. Much has been written about physically and mentally challenged people who have found comfort, and some report healing, from swimming with these gentle, playful mammals of the sea. Maybe you too will find a dolphin companion!
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