Book Recommendation: Give Your Child The World

Book Recommendation and Giveaway on barbarabrutt.com: Give Your Child The World

Books instilled in me the desire to travel the world, to explore it, to meet people from other countries. My fondest memories from growing up are long car rides where my mother would read to me and my siblings about far away places. When I could read for myself, a whole new world opened to me. Fast forward ten years, I’ve traveled to almost 20 countries, lived abroad for months at a time, and begun writing my own books (while...
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Homesickness and Hospitality

My first semester abroad experience showed me homesickness and hospitality in a new way. As a child, I never suffered from homesickness the way other kids did during week-long camps. I loved my parents and my family, but I adored the freedom that came with being a camper at summer camp. When other kids were sick with tears and missing their parents, I was delighted. Adventure! Friends! Campfires! Homesickness? Pshh. I was more interested in the exciting things happening around...
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How To Say Good-Bye

Whoever signed me up to write this post was out of their minds because I am the absolute worst at good-byes. Oh, right. I’m the main and only writer for this website right now. I’ll put it plainly. I’m the worst at all good-byes. There are really two types of people when it comes to saying good-bye. You are either the type who goes through the entire room saying good-bye to every individual (The Individual Good-Byer) or you sneak out...
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Global Links

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase before, “Eat your peas. There are starving children in…” I don’t think anyone likes that type of reasoning. I sure don’t. And yet, there’s a nugget of truth in there. The things we throw away without much thought could be the difference between life and death for some people. But, how can you get these items to the people that need them? Global Links is a Pittsburgh-based, internationally-minded organization focused on bringing medical relief...
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Bathroom Embarrassments in the Dominican Republic

Oops upon a travel, I woke up in the Dominican Republic in a house where only Spanish speakers lived. Minus me. I woke that morning expecting Spanish fluency from myself. Rolling out of my bed proved difficult as my body seemed to have designs on a butterfly metamorphosis since my sheets tightly cocooned me under the mint green mosquito net. In the darkened room, I fumbled around for my flip flops. Sleepily, I wandered into the pink bathroom. Ignoring the...
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11 Things I should Have Packed for the Dominican Republic

I had the honor of living with a Dominican Republic family for three months while in college to learn Spanish and to gain some life experience. Having grown up loving Spanish, I expected to love any culture that spoke the language. And I do have many good memories from that time. I also had many moments of culture shock. The below list is one that I formed after being in the Dominican Republic for a month or so. These are...
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