From Around the World Friday


From Around the World Friday is a collection of articles and inspiration to share what I’m loving around the globe this week.

The collected stories documented by Humans of New York of Syrian Refugees.

"Nepal, Always," a beautiful post-quake journey through the Himalayas on Intrepid Traveler. Aaron and I would both love to trek to Everest Base Camp in the coming years. 

The Butterfly Spanish YouTube Channel is helping me out this month with my Spanish lessons. 

Virgin American currently has a promotion through AirBnB than can score you 20,000 Elevate Points (enough for a roundtrip ticket from several US cities including Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix to Hawaii). See the full details here. 

How beautiful is the independent travel manifesto above? I want to print this for our apartment here in Colombia.

It's an exceptionally bright time to be in Colombia; the country is the closest it's ever been to reaching an agreement through peace talks with FARC. 

This wonderful piece on what travel can teach you by Dani of Going Nomadic

Which Iconic Colombian Are You? by See Colombia Travel. I was completely giddy to get Gabo.

There is Skype-a-thon going on in classrooms all over the world December 3rd-5th to celebrate education with no borders. In addition, did you know you can take your class on Virtual Field Trips any day of the year? I'm going to find a way to work this into my lesson plans. 

A reflection that speaks to my heart on hiking Volcan Acatenango in Guatemala by Lavi Was Here. I'm expecting to embrace the struggle when we hike Ciudad Perdida next month.


Ashley Peak

Teacher & traveler seeking bright sides and adventures. I recently left my position as a Title 1 middle school teacher in Spokane, WA for a position in Manizales, Colombia teaching English and Geography at a bilingual private school. I'm passionate about education in action, the power of literature, and traveling the world. Optimism Rampage is a place for me to reflect on the adventure. “Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that . Shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.” -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451