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Thursday, 03 August 2006


Greg Merkley


I share your sentiments -- travel can be so much more than ticking off items on the list of "1,000 places to visit before you die."

We're about to embark on a journey of discovery, of sorts. On Saturday we will have a Jordanian exchange student join our family for the next academic year. She will be the traveler, of course, but I'm excited to see our country reflected in her experiences and learn more about her homeland.

Greg Merkley

Scott Ahlsmith CTC


I envy your upcoming experience with your Jordanian exchange student. When I was a junior in high school, we had a Swedish exchange student live with us for a year.

It was a fabulous learning experience for me and I'm sure Jan learned to appreciate Stockholm have he spent a year in rural Iowa!

On another note, The Travel Institute just received an order for 150 CTA materials and tests from Jordan. Professional certification is highly regarded in Jordan and The Travel Institute is excited about this new market opportunity.


I agree with the Daily Om article.

Travel, whether for leisure or business, may well be the one thing that actually creates understanding and caring between the peoples of the world.

Having just spent a week in a very confined space with citizens of a country very diferent than my own, I was comforted to know that at almost every level their concerns and values were the same as my own.

Whilst travelling with these guys, (who's faith I am sure was Muslim), the latest worldwide security alert broke and they were as outraged and frustrated as I was and for the very same reasons.

Their values were almost identical to my own and I feel that I experienced the fact that this worldwide blight of terrorism is abhorred and despised by all peoples of the world apart from the tiny minority of insane extremists who are fuelled by hatred and ignorance.

I suggest that world travel is more important now than it has ever been to ensure that future generations realise that the peoples of the world are no different than themselves and to ensure that these evil people who perpetuate terrorism will one day realise just how futile their efforts are.

Scott Ahlsmith CTC

Great comment and compelling insights, Colin. You're right, travel is a common denominator that flattens-out our differences.

I'm reminded of the tortoise and baby hippo story I posted awhile back on this blog. If we didn't have mirrors, reflections, or photos we'd probably think we were all the same.

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