Archive | December, 2012

Happy 2013 featured

Family on Bike’s best of 2012

Happy 2013! We here at Family on Bikes wish you the merriest of times and the best of everything. We truly hope that your 2013 is the best year ever. Make your dreams come true! I’ve taken this chance to look back through my blog and find what I consider to be our best posts […]

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celebrating easter in international school

How to get international teaching jobs

“How can we get international teaching jobs?” That’s a question I hear on a regular basis. My husband and I are both professional teachers and spent twelve years teaching in international schools. We first moved overseas to teach in 1993, and spent two years teaching in Alexandria, Egypt (I taught 3rd grade, he was our […]

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New Year’s resolutions: What you focus on expands

With the new year right around the corner, many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Before you commit to them, read this post by my friend, Kel Wilson. How’s your life been working for you this past year? Did you achieve what you promised yourself at the beginning of the year? If you’re […]

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In spite of everything I still believe people are really good at heart

I believe in the goodness of mankind

I believe in the goodness of mankind. I believe that human beings around the globe are good, kind, and generous souls who will go to great extremes to help others in need. Sure, I know evil exists, but I still believe that we are hugely more likely to meet a kind person than evil. When […]

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What is an Axolote?

What is an Axolote?

Israel has a small hatchery to try to reintroduce the axolote into the canals of Xochimilco. Ever heard of an axolote? Don’t feel bad – most people haven’t. What is an Axolote? The axolote can grow to be up to 90 cm long. An axolote (ah-o-low-tee) is a reptile similar to an iguana. They live […]

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Who were the Olmecs?

Who were the Olmecs?

The Tomb – These basalt columns were transported many miles for two reasons – to make ‘fences’ around sacred areas, and also to be used in making buildings. This building is a tomb, and it housed two coffins filled with luxurious offerings such as jade, serpentine, obsidian, manta ray spines, shark teeth, and hematite. Little […]

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Carnival Celebrations Around the World

Carnival Celebrations Around the World

Carnival is famous for its fabulous costumes. Carnival is celebrated around the world. It has become a very popular tourist attraction. Different cities around the world have many different ways of celebrating it. It started as a Christian holiday type thing called Lent. Lent was a time to fast and suffer as Jesus had. Before […]

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How petrified wood is made

How petrified wood is made

Petrified wood is actually stone that looks exactly like wood Petrified wood is actually stone that looks exactly like wood. The detail in the stones is amazing – it looks just like wood but is much stronger and heavier. You can even see the tree rings. Petrified wood literally means wood turned into stone. The […]

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Timeline of Magellan's Journey

Timeline of Magellan’s Journey

A full size replica of the Victoria in Puerto Julian, Argentina. The Victoria was one of Magellan’s five original ships and the only one to make it back to Spain Ferdinand Magellan was the first person to circumnavigate the world. He was also the person to find a way through South America and to establish […]

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History of Los Voladores de Papantla

History of Los Voladores de Papantla

The voladores climb up the pole one by one. The Voladores de Papantla may very well be one of the most interesting sights one can see in modern-day Mexico. It is certainly one of the most spectacular. Los Voledores – meaning ‘those who fly’ – are extraordinarily courageous men who climb to the top of […]

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The benefits of wildfires

The benefits of wildfires

Forest fires look awful. As you drive through an area ravaged by forest fire, you can’t help but feel badly – all those charred black trees look horrible and the entire area looks devastated. That’s exactly why the national forest service spent so many years actively looking for fires and getting them put out as […]

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History of Machu Picchu

History of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an Incan ceremonial site in a spectacular location high in the Andes. Machu Picchu is a fabulous Incan ruin found high in the Andes Mountains near Cuzco in southern Peru. Most modern archaeologists and historians feel that Machu Picchu was built in the mid-1400’s by the Incas as a ceremonial center for […]

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El Tajin

El Tajin

El Tajin is an ancient Mayan city in the Mexican state of Veracruz, near the town of Papantlas. In the modern-day language of Totonac, Tajin means ‘city or place of thunder”. For that reason, it is now believed hat El Tajin was one of the names for the Totonac god of thunder, lightning, and rain. […]

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Irrigation systems in Rio Grande valley

Irrigation systems in Rio Grande valley

The old pumphouse dominates the landscape with its towering smokestack. Step back in time a hundred years or so and take a look around the Rio Grande valley. All you can see is dry, barren desert. Cactus and other desert plants thrive in the inhospitable landscape. Fast forward to the 1920’s and look around the […]

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Ancient Texans

Ancient Texans

A major food source was sotol. They took off the leaves and only ate the bulb. Seminole Canyon, in southern Texas where the Pecos River meets the Rio Grande, is a fascinating place that has been inhabited for thousands of years. The earliest remains of human inhabitants are from approximately 10,000 years ago. Since that […]

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Gold Mining in Nevada City, Montana

Gold Mining in Nevada City, Montana

Ever wonder what it would be like to travel back in time? What would it be like to live 150 years ago? All you have to do to find out is travel to Nevada City and Virginia City in Montana, and you’ll know all about it. Nevada City and Virginia City are both ghost towns […]

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