July 31, 2013

What to Know before Traveling to Greece

Aziza Kendrick is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, where she earned an MBA with concentrations in accounting and management information systems. One of Aziza Kendrick’s life goals is to visit at least 60 percent of the world’s countries.

People of all ages benefit from the experience of traveling abroad, but the impact of international travel is especially profound for young people. High school and college students should consider traveling abroad as part of their education.

Many colleges look favorably upon high school students who have traveled abroad. These students often demonstrate unique perspectives, intellectual and cultural engagement, and strong personal growth. International travel is a valuable experience that not only helps students become well rounded but increases their understanding of themselves and the world.

Students who study abroad have the valuable experience of immersion in a different culture. They learn about the educational system and social customs of the country and they form relationships with people of entirely different backgrounds from their own. All these experiences help students embrace diversity and personal challenge.

A 2010 study conducted by the Student & Youth Travel Association found that the majority of people who traveled during their youth experienced educational and financial success later in life. The vast majority obtained undergraduate degrees, and more than a quarter earned advanced degrees. In addition, the median household income for those surveyed was $75,000.

May 5, 2013

Best places for rock climbing in the United States by Aziza Kendrick

Rock climbing provides an unparalleled thrill of accomplishment. The concentration required to scale a rock face is a meditative experience, and the views from the top are stunning and all the more powerful as they are only being seen as a result of sheer will and physical power.

There are hundreds of great places to rock climb in the U.S. Here are just a few:

– Boulder, Colorado: The Flatirons overlook the city of Boulder, and offer challenges for beginning through advanced climbers. There are also numerous other sites just minutes away from town, and panoramic views of the Front Range greet climbers as they rest at the top.
– Joshua Tree National Park, California: This is one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world. More than 4,000 routes await climbers of all skill levels.
– Acadia National Park, Maine: Glacial cliffs of pink granite provide stunning views for climbers.
– Zion National Park, Utah: Red sandstone abounds here, making for one of the most beautiful sites to climb. It is also among the more difficult sites and requires a good deal of skill.

About the author: Aziza Kendrick is a seasoned Traveler and rock climber.

December 3, 2012

Making the Most of Your Trip to Italy, by Aziza Kendrick

Offering a dense concentration of natural and cultural attractions, Italy is one of the most-frequently visited nations globally. The culture-rich nation spans 3,000 years of history and features some of the world’s most luxurious beaches, most breathtaking views of mountain ranges, and an array of iconic historical cities filled with ruins.

When traveling to Italy, here is a list of notable places to visit in order to make the most of your trip:

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-Rome, Italy’s capital, offers history at every turn. The city is packed with enough monuments, museums, churches, and palaces to keep any history buff occupied for an extended period of time. Those looking for a great dining and nightlife scene will also find Rome an ideal destination.

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Colourful: The Bridge of Sighs in Venice

Venice is a city built on water and is one of Italy’s most-popular tourist sites. In addition to the impressive architecture of its churches and museums, the city is also filled with canals, offering visitors an opportunity to take a ride on a gondola.

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Piazza Cesare Beccaria

-Milan offers many shops, restaurants, and art galleries to the fashion-savvy visitor. The city features La Scala, a world-famous opera house.

World traveler Aziza Kendrick has visited numerous cities in Italy, including Rome, Florence, and Milan.

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November 2, 2012

Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is Deeply Rooted in Island’s Tradition, by Aziza Kendrick

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an island country located in the southern Caribbean. Carnival is by far its most-widely celebrated and recognized cultural tradition.

Exhaustive preparations are made months in advance of the actual events, which take place on the Monday and Tuesday before Lent. Among Carnival’s variety of attractions is calypso and soca music, ornate and brightly colored costumes, stick fights, limbo, and more.

Carnival, celebrated in nations around the world, was imported to Trinidad and Tobago during the French Revolution in the late 18th century when an influx of French agriculturalists, laborers, and slaves immigrated to the nation. After establishing their own community, the French immigrants continued their cultural traditions as in their native land, including Carnival. Excluded from the events, the slaves and servants held their own concurrent celebration called Canboulay.

Though Canboulay was originally established in imitation of the French Carnival, its participants imported their own traditions, such as stick fights and percussive music. This festival marks the roots of the Carnival currently celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago.

Aziza Kendrick has visited and participated in cultural events in several countries around the world, including Italy, Greece, and Trinidad and Tobago.

October 11, 2012

The Allure of Extreme Sports Part 2: The Emotional Side of Adrenaline, By: Aziza Kendrick

After her first time standing up on a surfboard, Aziza Kendrick reported that she felt invincible, even though it was only for a few seconds. This is an example of the emotional effect of adrenaline, which entices extreme athletes to come back for more.

When participating in an extreme activity such as mountain biking, the body is put under stress, and there is a measurable physical response. The adrenal gland releases a number of hormones including epinephrine, otherwise known as adrenaline. This hormone causes the heart rate to speed up, increases blood flow to the brain and muscles, and facilitates energy creation in the liver, which converts glycogen to glucose. The emotion that results from this physical response is a heightened sense of being alive.

With this feeling comes an elevated awareness of surroundings and a singular focus on the task at hand. Rock climbers report that when they are climbing a difficult route, all other mental distractions melt away and the only thing present in their mind is the moves right before them. Extreme athletes love the feel of this rush, and can even become addicted to it, which keeps them pushing the boundaries of their sport.

September 24, 2012

The Allure of Extreme Sports – Part 1: A Sense of Identity, By Aziza Kendrick

A skier, surfer, rock climber, and racquetball player, Aziza Kendrick is familiar with the draw of adrenaline-filled sports. Here she explores the reasons why people push themselves in difficult, dangerous activities.

What motivates people to pursue hobbies, such as backcountry skiing, that are physically taxing, technically difficult, and potentially life threatening? Researchers have found that people who participate in extreme sports are very goal oriented. Whether that goal is riding a huge wave or reaching the top of a tricky, technical route on a rock face, these athletes usually have clearly defined goals and a sense of self-competition that inspires them.

Other characteristics uniting extreme athletes is a desire for respect and a personal identity related to these activities. Though there are very few base jumpers, people who run off high cliffs and soar near the ground before pulling a parachute, the community of those who love the sport is very close-knit.

When an athlete perceives herself as a surfer, it motivates her to surf more. The more she surfs, the better she becomes, and the more respect she receives from the surfing community. This respect and acceptance is self-validating and satisfying, something all humans yearn for, and is in abundance in extreme-sport communities.

August 18, 2012

An Overview of the Tony Awards, By Aziza Kendrick

Every year, the Tony Awards recognize the best achievements in live theater. The Awards are named after Antoinette Perry, an accomplished actress, director, and producer who passed away shortly before the first annual celebration. Though newly introduced, the Tony Awards were eagerly and quickly embraced by the theater community and more than 1,000 people attended the first ceremony in 1947. The Awards are always hosted in New York City, the home of Broadway, and have been held in many of the city’s most prestigious venues, including the Plaza, the Waldorf Astoria, and the Astor.

Any legitimate theatrical production opened before the established annual cutoff date is eligible for recognition by the Tonys, provided it was presented in an eligible Broadway theater. In addition, a show is only eligible for a Tony during its first season.

About the Author:
Aziza Kendrick is a huge fan of Broadway and supports many arts organizations, including the Society for Performing Arts, Da Camera, and the Houston Ballet. In her professional life, Kendrick is a Legal Assistant at Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas in Houston.

August 15, 2012

The History of the Trinidad Carnival, by Aziza Kendrick

Considered the “mother of all West Indian carnivals,” the celebration known as Trinidad Carnival has inspired imitators all over the world, and is considered one of the greatest festivals on Earth. The origins of this event date back to the 18th century, when French Catholic planters moved to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. During the Christmas season and prior to Lent, the planters held loud, lavish masquerade balls that came to serve as the progenitor of Carnival.

Following the freeing of slaves in 1838, the British government, which had political control over Trinidad, attempted to ban much of the ribaldry that was a part of Carnival festivities. However, the government was unable to suppress the traditions. Eventually, the British permitted a celebration to take place on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. Today, Carnival serves as a reminder of Trinidadian independence because of this history.

About the Author: A student at the University of St. Thomas, Aziza Kendrick currently is completing the school’s Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration dual degree program. Ms. Kendrick, who is of Trinidadian heritage, enjoys visiting Trinidad and witnessing its Carnival celebration.

July 24, 2012

Things to Do in Florence, Italy by Aziza Kendrick

The capital of the Italian region of Tuscany, Florence is a beautiful, flourishing city with a great deal of history and lots of exciting attractions for visitors. Here is a list of some of my favorite sites:

The Piazza of Santa Maria Novella: Created in 1287, the piazza, or city square, is a picturesque place, featuring marble, bronze turtles, and beautiful stone columns.

The Uffizi Gallery: One of the most popular museums in Italy, this art gallery features incredible works by Botticelli, Titian, and Filippino Lippi. Not only does the building include art work, it is itself a work of art.

Ponte Vecchio: A gorgeous old bridge spanning the Arno river, Ponte Vecchio was originally built in 996. After its destruction in 1345 by a flood, it was rebuilt and has stood strong ever since. The bridge also features a private corridor to the Uffizi Gallery originally designed in 1565 for the then-ruling class, the Medici.

I hope this list has piqued your interest in Florence. There are many more attractions to see, as well as a wide range of accommodations to serve your needs. Explore http://www.visitflorence.com for more information.

About the Author:
When she is not working as a Legal Assistant at a Houston law firm, Aziza Kendrick enjoys traveling and has a goal to visit 60% of the world’s countries in her lifetime.

July 21, 2012

Travel Spotlight: Croatia

By Aziza Kendrick

Nestled between the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea and such bordering countries as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovenia, and Serbia, Croatia boasts a unique culture and utterly beautiful landscapes. With more than 1,778 kilometers of coastline and 1,185 islands, the Eastern European jewel includes rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. Croatia’s largest island, Hvar, features a tranquil countryside where pine trees, rosemary, and sage grow wild amid the cultivated grapes, olive trees, and lavender fields. Also home to several national parks, the country showcases its inland lakes and mountainous coastline in its protected areas.

While taking in Croatia’s natural beauty, tourists should not miss Dubrovnik, the so-called “pearl of the Adriatic.” An ancient walled city on Croatia’s southernmost tip, Dubrovnik features marble streets, red-tiled roofs, and a distinctive old world charm. A common sailing destination, the area offers tourists such high-adrenaline activities as rock climbing, scuba diving, and sea kayaking.

About the author: An avid traveler, Aziza Kendrick hopes to make the journey to Croatia over the next several years. Currently a legal assistant at Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas, LLP, Aziza Kendrick plans to graduate from the University of St. Thomas with a BBA/MBA in December 2012.