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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Behind the Scenes: Meet Miki

This January SCOLA followers traveled to Thailand for our Country of the Month. If you were following along, you learned a Word of the Month, experienced the weather in Chiang Mai, and discovered the tasty ingredients that go into a bowl of traditional Tom Yum Kung Soup. The material came straight from Thailand, from SCOLA provider Miki Taniguchi.

Miki Taniguchi no.3Miki was born in Japan in February 1968. She graduated from Notre Dame Women’s University in Kyoto awith a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics. When Miki was 31 years old, she married a man named Junji. They had a son in 2001, whom they named Hitoshi. Miki and Junji decided to raise Hitoshi in Thailand because they both loved Thai people’s attitudes of respect towards elders, which derived from Buddhist values. Miki and her family have been living in Chiang Mai for twelve years, and in that time had a daughter.

Miki began working for SCOLA in 2012. She shares the Thai culture and her knowledge of the Japanese language through printing materials and video. Miki really enjoys working with SCOLA and is proud to share aspects of Thailand and Japan’s languages and culture with others. Miki looks forward to new SCOLA projects in the future and appreciates her husband and children for their support and understanding of the work she does for SCOLA.

So January is over, but you want to explore more material Miki has sent in and experience more of Thailand? Visit www.scola.org today to access your free trial!

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Traditional Thai Herbs

Today our provider Miki from Thailand tells us about the importance of natural therapy and herbs in her country:

Natural therapy and herbs from China are very famous throughout the world, however the ones in Thailand are also very popular with tourists and local people. Compared with Chinese herbs, Thai herbs have milder smells and they also work as healing therapy. Furthermore, they work closely with Thai food and desserts. For example “Tom Yum Kung”, a famous and well known Thai soup, has essential herbs including galangal, which is a type of ginger and is good for inflammation of the nose and throat. The dish also includes lemon grass, a remedy for coughs, colds, and fevers. The kaffir lime leaves have citrus notes and give a distinct flavor to Tom Yum Kung Soup. Thai food is not only enjoyable, it is also beneficial to our health. However, there are so many westernized dietary habits that have been adopted in Thailand that is strongly affecting the younger generation and causing obesity.

Herbs are also used in traditional Thai massages. Thai massages are done for relaxation and to help relieve tension. Herbal Ball is a treatment that uses round balls of special herbs. It is used to relieve aches and pains of the body, and it is good for alleviating pain or inflammation.

As you can see by the examples above, Thai herbs are taking root in our daily lives and we can use them easily in food and to alleviate mental stress. When you visit Thailand, please remember to enjoy Thai herbs beyond just sightseeing!

Want to learn more about Miki’s country? Visit www.scola.org and access over 2,200 authentic resources from Thailand today!

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