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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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The Uncornered Market on Five Berlin Favorites


Meet Dan and Audrey, the husband and wife team who have been “measuring the Earth” by way of sixty-five countries in over four years. They’re adventurers with a love of street food (guinea pig excluded), traveling by public transport (yes, even chicken buses) and meeting people from all walks of life all over the world. They’re accustomed to wearing many hats, often shedding their dusty traveling clothes for professional presentations, conferences and projects. The love of travel is only one reason that keeps Dan and Audrey on the road. The couple also aims to “humanize” the places they visit by sharing articles, photos, videos and audiocasts on their blog, Uncornered Market. Equally important is their hope that through personal interactions with people all over the world, they will “alter the view of America that people get from” the media and pop culture. They consider these efforts to be a form of public diplomacy. Find out more about Dan and Audrey’s journey, learnings and recommendations on their blog. You can also follow along with their journey on Twitter and Facebook. Currently, Boingo members Dan and Audrey are touring Berlin, and they were kind enough to share their top five recommendations for

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10 Travel-Themed Books

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What do books and travel have in common? Both experiences offer an escape from everyday life. So this summer, if you’re unable to take a holiday (or one that is long enough), why not journey through the pages of a book? Below is a list of travel-themed books guaranteed to transport you to another time and place. Know of other good reads? We need recommendations! The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly: after his mother dies and his father re-marries, a twelve year-old boy journeys through another world, where he encounters the heroes and monsters of well-known fairy tales — but these characters are twisted and flawed, exposing the boy to a new and grittier reality. This is a book about the loss of innocence that comes with the passage into adulthood. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: in this brief memoir, Hemingway captures the magic of 1920s Paris, when the city teemed with literary luminaries such as Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce. The dynamics between Hemingway and his artist peers are colorful and electric, and Hemingway’s characterization of Paris is as relevant today as it was then. The Journeyer by Gary Jennings: reading this book about