SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-Five

I sit down at my computer and soon I am off on my next adventure with SCOLA‘s newest and most exciting service, Savoir-Vivre. So far with Savoir-Vivre I have been able to travel to a zoo in Macedonia where I discovered komodo dragons in Indonesia and migratory birds in Japan, and I also visited a hotel in Thailand where it was recommended I try the delicious food at Mozem Soba House in Japan, and went on a family holiday in Port Harcourt, toured Bhaktapur City in Nepal, and went dolphin watching in Bali! With all this adventure you would think I’d be worn out, but traveling the world with Savoir-Vivre is made easy! All it takes is a few clicks of my mouse and I am ready for my next journey.

Spring has sprung here in Iowa, and many plants are starting to bloom. This makes me wonder what kind of plants are grown in other parts of the world, and where could I buy them? I click on the flower icon on the Savoir-Vivre map to find out. I’m instantly transported to the streets of Iran where I can walk forward until I find a flower shop called Aftab. I explore the flower shop and quickly discover Native Plants found around the world. I travel to India where a group of people plant trees on World Environment Day, to Turkey where a man sells cactus on the streets of Mersin, and then to Syria where I meet women working on a cotton farm. A short time later I am exploring different flower shops in places like Georgia, India, and Indonesia. After my adventures I find myself back in Aftab, ready to see where Savoir-Vivre will take me next!

I may not have the time or money to travel around the world learning about other cultures, but that didn’t stop me from experiencing several countries today! Join me on my adventure with a free log in for our blog followers. User username WordPress and password Scola2015 at www.scola.org to access Savoir-Vivre and other wonderful SCOLA services for FREE!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-Four

Here I am, still traveling the streets of Savoir-Vivre. Did you know you can visit a museum in Uzbekistan, a technology store in Pakistan, a retail store in India, and so much more? See real cities and streets and enter real buildings exactly as you would if you were actually in that country! I’ve been traveling awhile, so what better place to stop at next than a hotel in Thailand? Travel down the street and enter the hotel to see vacation hotspots like famous landmarks, recommended restaurants, bars, salons, and shops, and tourist attractions from around the world!

All this traveling has me a little hungry, so my first stop inside the hotel is to find a recommended restaurant. I click on the link and it gives me a list of restaurants from places like Georgia and Turkey. I choose the Mozem Soba House in Japan, and soon I am in Sado! Soba is one of the most popular foods in Japan and the Mozem Soba house is a high class soba restaurant situated in the countryside in a natural environment. The food was delicious, and just what I needed to carry on with my travels…but don’t take my word for it, see it for yourself today!

After I ate I have some energy back, so I go back to the hotel and check out the tourist attractions Savoir-Vivre has to offer. Should I take a family holiday in Port Harcourt? Visit Bhaktapur City in Nepal? Or perhaps I’ll go dolphin watching in Bali! So many choices, I better just go to them all! Join me in my adventure today with your free trial at www.scola.org!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-Three

Many of you have been following my travels with On the Street Videos since Week 1 when I visited the Philippines. But as of last week there is a new service on SCOLA and it’s going to take us on a totally new international adventure! Savoir-Vivre is a global adventure in culture. Travel the world. Discover its people. Explore new lifestyles. No passport needed! Log on to www.scola.org today and access your free trial!

postcardIn the past I have only traveled to one country per week with SCOLA, but I am so excited to travel with this new service I visit many, many more! Savoir-Vivre actually allows you to visit through real cities and places from around the world. My first stop is a travel agency in Germany where I learn how to navigate the streets of Savoir-Vivre. I visit the street in Germany and am able to see buildings just as I would if I were actually walking down the street…I am even able to turn and face each building head on! I continue down the street, stopping once to learn about transportation in other parts of the world. Once I get to the end of the German street I click on the map icon to see where else I can visit in the service. I see a lion icon and wonder where that will take me…I click it and suddenly I am on the streets of Macedonia!

In Macedonia I am able to visit the Skopje Zoo, where I discover other zoos, birds, marine life, mammals and reptiles from around the world! Want to see komodo dragons in their natural habitat? Visit Komodo Island in Indonesia! More interested in birds? Check out a flock of migratory birds on the Abukuma River in Japan!

There is so much to experience on Savoir-Vivre, but I don’t want to give it all away! Go check it out for yourself today at www.scola.org!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-Two

This week my travels with On the Street Videos take me back to Asia, to the beautiful country of Japan! Why Japan might you ask? Well, I haven’t been to Asia in a few weeks and I wanted to try something new. Plus, SCOLA has over 3,180 authentic resources straight from Japan, so I knew I would be able to learn everything I needed to know about the country before traveling there.

Before I begin my adventure on SCOLA, I first want to learn a little bit about the country I am going to be exploring. I take a quick stop at Country Overview Videos inside Language Training Materials to explore what Japan has to offer. Here I find some basic facts that I already know, like that Japan is a country of islands along the eastern, or Pacific coast of Asia. I also learn some things about Japan that I never knew before, like that the koto is one of the most popular Japanese traditional musical instruments.

Now that I know a little about the country I will be traveling to, let’s discover what’s going on in Japan today. To do that, we just need to log on to World TV Online and Foreign Text. World TV Online plays Morning Eye News from Tokyo every weekday at 11 a.m., and you can also catch JETRO Business programming from Tokyo on Sundays at 2:35 p.m. ¬†As if that’s not enough to learn about current events in Japan you can also long on to Foreign Text to peruse over 930 publications, including books, newspapers, and more!

Okay, okay, enough learning about Japan, let’s experience it! I log on to On the Street Videos and quickly realize all that learning made me hungry! My first adventure in Japan is visiting a local and learning how to make a traditional Japanese sushi roll. I gather my ingredients which include rice, seaweed paper, cucumbers and more, and begin the process. Once we are finished with the dish and my stomach is full I am ready to continue my journey.

Next I have a little fun and attend a light festival in Japan. The night is lit up with beautiful, colored lanterns, and music fills the air. The experience pulls me away from my living room and I really feel as though I am in Japan. It’s time to head home though, and soon I am back on my couch where I started. Don’t worry- this adventure isn’t over! Join me next time as I travel the world with On the Street Videos!

Do you want to travel with On the Street Videos? Access your free trial today at www.scola.org!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-One

Israel is a country we often hear about in the news, but don’t you ever wonder about their side of the story on current events and news topics? Is it different than what our newspapers and TV programs are reporting? You could always visit Israel to find out for yourself, but what if you don’t have the time and resources? No need to worry, I have the perfect solution for you: SCOLA of course! With SCOLA On the Street Videos I can visit over 95 countries, including Israel!

I know that before I start my journey I need to refresh my Hebrew skills so I can communicate with the locals. I head on over to Insta-Class, a quick resource for ready-to-use multi-media language lessons that are produced by language experts around the world exclusively for SCOLA. Practicing my Hebrew with over 420 beginner, intermediate, and advanced language lessons sure beats sitting in a classroom!

PP-IL-Sefat Traveller's SignI’m almost ready for my adventure, but first I get caught up on Israel’s current events with World TV Online. World TV Online broadcasts news and various television programming in Hebrew from Jerusalem on Channel Six, so you can hear news about current events exactly as people living in Israel hear it. Now I have refreshed my Hebrew skills and I am caught up on the news from Israel, I am ready for my adventure!

I log onto On the Street Videos and my first mission in Israel is to do some exploring through Old City streets and Temple Mount. The tour through ancient and historical places was a great first impression of the country that I previously knew little about.

My second stop in Israel is to chat with a local woman about the educational system in Israel. I learn about the common educational experience a person in Israel has, starting at age three and often lasting until the age of thirty if one chooses to attend the university to obtain the highest possible degree. I always find it interesting to see the differences in education in the countries I visit.

My last stop in Israel is to chat with another local woman about her daily life as an artist and mother. She is able to offer a different perspective on life in Israel, as opposed to the life of the student that I discovered earlier.

And with that, my time in Israel is over. It’s time to head back to the real world, and a few seconds later I am back home on my couch. Begin your own adventure to Israel with your free trial on www.scola.org, and be sure to check back soon to join me on my next international journey!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty

Have you accessed your free trial to www.scola.org yet? If so, you may have noticed all the material available from Pakistan on Foreign Text! There are over 1,900 newspaper publications and over 30 magazine issues! Wow! I could read this stuff all day, but what better way to learn about Pakistan than experience it myself? I know just the place I need to go to begin my quick adventure to Pakistan, but before I do that I better find out what I am getting myself into with World TV Online!

World TV Online plays international television programming 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. News from Islamabad in Urdu is available every weekday on Channel Six. I quickly discover all the news and current events that I missed when browsing papers and magazines on Foreign Text.

After reading Foreign Text and watching World TV Online, I am ready for my adventure with On the Street Videos! My first adventure in Pakistan is to chat with the Tribal Chief from the remote Balochistan Province. I discover how tribal chiefs in Balochistan are selected and how they govern their territory.

My next stop in Pakistan is to learn about Pakistan’s climate and explore what the weather is typically like this time of year. Where I live the weather has been cold with lots of snow, so if there’s is warmer I might consider taking a trip there for real! Unfortunately, I realize the winter weather in Pakistan is still cold, with snow falling, frozen lakes, and freezing lakes. Looks like I’ll have to choose a different destination to cure my winter blues!

My third and final stop in Pakistan is to talk with the locals about music in Pakistan. The locals and I both agree that music is important because it is a language that is understood throughout the world. In Pakistan, there are many forms and kinds of music, including classical, rock, pop, and more. Everyone has their own choice of what kind of music to listen to and Pakistani singers are famous for their command and understanding of the art of music.

Well, it’s time to head home. I’m back sitting on my couch in no time at all. I’ll be going on my next adventure soon, so don’t forget to log on to www.scola.org and access your free trial so you can join me next time!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Nineteen

Have you accessed your free trial on www.scola.org yet? If not, you need to now, because you will definitely want to join me on this next adventure with On the Street Videos! I was scrolling through photos on People and Places and stumbled upon the scenic views of Asia’s second most-populous country, India! I only had to scroll through a few out of the 280 original photos from India to know that was where I wanted to travel next!

I’ll admit, I don’t know a whole lot about India. No worries though, before my adventure I log on to Language Training Materials and check out India’s Country Overview Video. Here I learn about India’s climate (not that it matters because I don’t have to pack a bag!), India’s history, India’s diverse economy, and so much more!

My next step in preparation for my big trip is to learn how to converse with the locals, and with over 975 ready-to-use language lessons straight from India on Insta-Class I am well on my way! I fly through Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced language lessons in Bengali, Hindi, and Punjabi and soon I am on my way to India!

To begin my adventure I log on to On the Street Videos. After taking in so much information about a country that was so new to me I could really use a little rest and relaxation! It seems my prayers have been answered as I hear about a yoga camp offered by Yoga Guru Arunji. I explore mantras to strengthen my body and soul and discover health benefits of making yoga part of my daily life. The yoga camp gave me the strength and energy I needed to carry on through the rest of my adventure!

During my second stop in India I chat with some locals about the Indian education system. Locals tell me about the differences in education when she was young as compared to today, the busy lives of her children that leave little room for play, and the differences of live in her village and life in the metro city of Mumbai. Thanks to Insta-Class I feel comfortable in my Punjabi skills and am able to fully understand and converse as I experience parts of daily life as a citizen in India.

My time in India is up and I find myself back on my couch where my adventure began. No reason to be sad though, I know another adventure is just around the corner with On the Street Videos!

What are you waiting for? Access your free trial today on www.scola.org!

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