Good Travels: To travel, To Give Back, To Enjoy!
One man, two hands full of resources, and the inspiration to do good!

After viewing this clip, my ability to make change was so small compared to this person’s ability to be creative, inspiring, and the future of his community.

Let’s move forward, and be like William and harness the wind of the future!

http://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind.html

Want to make a movement?

Recently, I was reading an article in the latest issue of Fast Company and came across a great website on creating a social movement and initiating social action. In this last year, we have seen several social movements take place all across the world, whether it’s home, abroad, or across cyberspace. 

Having been involved in several forms of social movements I am very excited with this new company’s outlook for making change in the world.

Plain and simple it’s Movements.org.

There are simple and effective quick guides on formulating a social movement, utilizing direct action organizing, streamlining online social media platforms, and using research from Case studies to prove organized social impact. 

It’s awesome!

Don’t take my word for it check them out.

www.movements.org

An 84 year-old man will travel to Africa and become one of the oldest Peace Corps members to take part in the program.

His mission will be to help provide HIV and AIDS treatment to local communities!

His passion to do good, travel, and improve world health is definitely commended.

He is a rockstar!!

Spring Cleaning - Let’s Spread an idea.

Are you ready for Spring Cleaning?

How about doing it for a good cause?

Well check out these cool ideas from the Impact section of the Huffington Post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/30/spring-cleaning-with-a-cl_n_842862.html#s259677&title=Old_Kicks_Can

Now that you have seen a few ideas, how do you plan on encouraging or leading by example with cleaning and doing good?

Share your ideas with a post or a picture of what you have done.

Lance makes another stand, CCRA to save more lives.

The California Cancer Research Act will save lives.

Now, the public gains another voice calling out to support

California becoming a safer place for people to live and breathe.

Thank you Lance Armstrong and the Live Strong Foundation

for now joining in the fight to diminish cancer incidence and 

suffering.

Check out the video from Los Angeles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL7ZQ26YLZA

For more information, check out www.californiansforacure.org

Venice, Floating City, Floating Diversity.

Hey tumblrs,

I apologize that I have not posted in a while. I have been dealing with personal issues surrounding the the current economy: continue applying for jobs in the philanthropic industry or seek a full time graduate program. Anyway, that is for another discussion.

Tonight, I just wanted to share my take on Venice, Italy from my travels from last May. Venice was quite an experience for me. My fellow travelers were from all walks of life across 3 continents and many of them did not seem to appreciate Venice like I did.

Venice truly was a diverse city. Smack dab in the middle of a swamp you could tell the people of Venice understood the meaning of balancing life while constantly on the move, by foot or sea. 

My 3 days in Venice were blessed with clear skies and sunshine. My main day started in St. Mark’s square where I did the usual tour of Venice with a walking guide. This guide however differed from many that I had experienced on the trip. He was from Venice, he took pride in it’s surroundings, the history, and why it was important that you know about his city. His enthusiasm really showed. Then again, that’s what good guides do, right? Inspire you to explore and appreciate a new city.

The guide lead us to a small cafeteria style eatery at the end of the tour. I returned to this place about an hour later when my hunger got the best of me. This place was amazing. Many of my travel mates opted out for various stands on the tour-trap row where food was much less a bargain. My stomach still remembers the great combination of flavors: fresh lasagna with marinara sauce, arancini, roasted vegetables with olive oil, and an espresso to top off the meal. Everything was mouth watering, perfect.

Moving beyond lunch, my travel companion for Venice, Stephanie and I made our to the Guggenheim Collection. On the way we passed bridges, tight streets lined with crumbling brick and slate, shops with paintings, glass work, and grappa. We managed to pass the the University of Venice as class was letting out. It is amazing how similar and different students are across the world. You know the attitude and culture of learning but the language is foreign and exotic. That energy the youth bring to strive to make a difference is so strong and omnipresent, it is hard not to get swept up altogether. 

Past the university, the Guggenheim Collection lie and was something very special. It was different than the typical museum in Venice. It did not have the classical statues you find everywhere. It was Ms. Guggenheim’s little budding art grouping. Picaso, free standing sculptures, bronze, Dali, Pollack, and Yoko Ono’s tree. I felt a sense of tranquility in this place. The beauty, the care, and the passion was just soaking everything in simple forms of expression. If you get the chance to visit Italy, definitely take a couple of hours to walk and visit this collection. 

A gondola ride in the canals topped off a long day of walking. I guess there is no explanation when you have a sining gondolier who also goes out of his way to make fun of the cast members of jersey shore. Entertaining and educational one might think.

Thank you for reading my new post.

Please place comments below, I certainly welcome them.

More tales from travels to come. Look out for my next post on cool causes to volunteer for this spring.

The Classic.
Found in Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles, Phillipe’s still delivers the “orginal” French Dip sandwich to locals, businessmen, government officials, foodies, and enthusiasts after 80 years. 
The sawdust on the floors makes you feel the history.
The family sized tables give you a sense of belonging.
The mustard, well if are not careful the mustard may take your eye-brows off.
With one dip or double, you are bound to enjoy this LA staple.
Enjoy.

The Classic.

Found in Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles, Phillipe’s still delivers the “orginal” French Dip sandwich to locals, businessmen, government officials, foodies, and enthusiasts after 80 years. 

The sawdust on the floors makes you feel the history.

The family sized tables give you a sense of belonging.

The mustard, well if are not careful the mustard may take your eye-brows off.

With one dip or double, you are bound to enjoy this LA staple.

Enjoy.

To start it off. This is one of my favorite places to collect my thoughts. T-street San Clemente, CA.

To start it off. This is one of my favorite places to collect my thoughts. T-street San Clemente, CA.