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March 2017: A Big Shout Out To My WordPress Followers And Those Who Haven’t Signed Up For The Newsletter Yet!


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Dear Readers, First, I want to thank you for reading Notes of Jo. If this is not your first time clicking into my post, I am sending you a big virtual hug! And for those who are already following me using the WordPress.com Reader: Thank you for taking interests in reading what I have to…

Why You Should NOT Study Abroad (Or Stay For College) In The USA


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I studied abroad in the USA, and yes, I am telling you not to. It isn’t because Donald Trump is the president now, but for many other pre-existed reasons before he came into the picture. I am not a US citizen, but I would urge those who are to also consider taking your college education somewhere…

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Why I Miss NYC: 10 Reasons From A Former New Yorker


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I miss NYC. I knew I would miss the city when I left in the summer of 2013, but I wouldn’t know I would miss it to this extent. Having lived in NYC for six years, the city has become a part of me, and I believe I have the legitimacy to call myself a…

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Who Can Travel the World With Me? A Question I No Longer Ask


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“Who can travel the world with me?” My Facebook notification kindly reminded me that once upon a time, how eager I was to have someone to explore the world with me. That was eight years ago. A year after I got bit by the travel bugs in Spain and the Netherlands in 2008. I try to…

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Ystad, Sweden: Uncover the Origin of Music with The European Music Archaeology Project


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The history of music always fascinates me since I was a kid. I enjoy learning the origin of music and how different cultures influence its development throughout the centuries. So, when we unexpectedly discovered the Origin of Music exhibition in Ystad, Sweden, I got all excited! This exhibition was curated by the European Music Archaeology Project.…

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Why You Should Visit the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum (And Where It Happened)


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The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum is a place you shouldn’t miss when you visit the city. It’s a piece a history that needs to be remembered by all humanity. It was on the top of my lists when I visit Nanjing, China, and it should be yours, too. I helped a western couple who couldn’t…