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Review Series: Rosetta Stone TOTALe – Part 2
Review Series: Rosetta Stone TOTALe – Part 2

Last week, I wrote the first of three reviews covering Rosetta stone’s new comprehensive online learning program called TOTALe and its core module, Rosetta Course in my language of choice – Swedish.This second review covers Rosetta Studio™ which allows you to practice what you’ve learned by engaging you in “structured conversations with learners at your level”.

What are the chances of finding your lost or stolen cellphone? [Infographic]
What are the chances of finding your lost or stolen cellphone? [Infographic]

At least once a month, “Send me your phone number!!” messages appear on my Facebook or Twitter stream from friends who just lost their phones.About 96 of the US population use cellphones and probably store valuable information like contacts, texts, personal photos, or banking information on it. Imagine the nightmare if it ever gets lost or stolen, having to track and lock it down while feeling naked and exposed.

Gonzo Traveler: The Crappiest Restaurant (Literally) You’ve Ever Seen
Gonzo Traveler: The Crappiest Restaurant (Literally) You’ve Ever Seen

Robin Esrock reports from Taiwan while filming his travel reality-show Word Travels.Chiang Kai GonzoThere are only 23 countries that recognize that the Republic of China (also known as Taiwan) has a right to exist.For a democratic country with a free press and healthy economy, it bespeaks the awesome power and influence of its neighbour, the People’s Republic of China.

Best of Belize
Best of Belize

Belize may only be the size of Rhode Island, but it certainly has a lot to do.The Blue HoleOne of the best diving sites in the world, this filled in water volcano is reputed to have some of the best diving in the world and is a must see for divers. Just make sure you stay oriented, because it’s easy to confuse down with up and risk getting trapped.

Musings On Mortality
Musings On Mortality

The following is from my previous personal blog, written just after the London tube bombings in summer 2005. I’m republishing it here because I felt it extended a previous post on irrational fears while traveling.I wonder about mortality.My friend confessed she has panic attacks while sitting on the tube in London.

Notes on the HuffPo Acquisition Announcement
Notes on the HuffPo Acquisition Announcement

At 12:01 am Sunday Night / Monday morning, Huffington Post published an announcement entitled AOL Agrees to Acquire the Huffington Post.1. Upon reading, my first two thoughts were (a) “how much?” $315 million , and (b) “why AOL, seems like a brand steadily losing relevance.”2. I felt alienated while trying to parse the marketing language of the announcement, which was laced with rhetorical elements that “suggest” more than they actually “tell.

How to: Get a tourist visa for Vietnam
How to: Get a tourist visa for Vietnam

Lauren Quinn just went through the process. Here’s what she learned…soundtrack included. Editor’s note: This post originally appeared at Lauren’s blog, Lonely Girl Travels. Beneath the glamor of travel (and the glamor people write about travel), there’s the nitty-gritty, the laborious, the tedium of trip planning.

Matador’s Abbie Mood takes the No Impact Week Challenge
Matador’s Abbie Mood takes the No Impact Week Challenge

Consumption will consume you. Photo: Daquella maneraMatador U student and contributor Abbie Mood takes the No Impact Week Challenge.In November of 2006, New York City resident Colin Beavan, along with his wife and daughter, set out to live with no net environmental impact.Fast forward three years later, add the Huffington Post, and you have No Impact Week.

How to find and keep your perfect travel companion
How to find and keep your perfect travel companion

Off-the-radar activities are just the way to attract the attention of fellow romantic travelers.Photo by Andy SchellI met Mia in New Zealand, while on a bus that was taking us sky diving. I was only along to take photos for my friends, for I had gone skydiving twice before and wanted to save some money.

The Art of Spiritual Travel
The Art of Spiritual Travel

You’re at home. You observe life, you fall into it, and then suddenly one day a choice presents itself.You feel a desire to leave everything: your work, your friends, your life behind. It is the inevitable moment of choice: shall you choose the same rigorous routine, or a whole new dream, unknown and only imagined.

The Matador guide to wedding roles
The Matador guide to wedding roles

Matador editor Kristin Conard breaks down what you need to know about the different roles you might be called on to play in a wedding.Given how wildly different weddings can be, it’s often hard to know exactly what your role is. I’ve attended more weddings than I can count, and have been lucky enough to play a significant part in four of them.

Uncovering your inspiration in the present moment
Uncovering your inspiration in the present moment

I’m traveling. I’m in the middle of nowhere, say the Indian countryside in the heat of the monsoon.I’m soaked, damp, wet, sticking with my own fluids and gritty under a haze-laden sun. Or say I’m in Nepal, trekking alone within the Himalayas. A snowstorm descends upon me and I’m instantly lost, wandering from the trail by blinding white winds.