The BELTA blog has a new URL location




YOU can check out The BELTA blog at its new online location


It’s quite similar, the only difference is, if I’ve dropped the extension in the URL. THAT’S IT… nothing drastic 🙂

o, and now you can join a forum / community chat to inquire, discuss, and learn about the various aspects pertaining to living and teaching abroad right from people who have done just that.


See you over there! And tell a friend and a stranger too :)D


Reverse Culture Shock – S. Korea to the U.S.

Black Women and Politics – Angela Davis sits with Melissa Harris-Perry

I hope you like this Grandma & Aunt Jessie 🙂

I’m apart of the NOMADNESS Travel TRIBE… Are you?



In less than one year, Nomadness LLC has launched one of the most innovative travel groups, taking Facebook by storm. Boasting over 3,500 members from over two-dozen countries, the invitation-only Nomadness Travel Tribe is the new home for urban nomads, shattering the myth that people of color don’t travel.

NY, New York, November 20, 2012-

Nomadness LLC, launched in April 2012, has positioned itself as the new cool kid in travel business. Specifically, its social media arm, the Nomadness Travel Tribe, has pushed itself into the forefront to create a voice for an underrepresented demographic of world nomads.  With stats that include seventy percent female, and ninety percent Black and Latino travelers, the Tribe has become an international family for those that prefer an urban stylistic of international vagabonding.

On the day to day, the Tribe functions as an online resource in which members have real time conversations about advice, anecdotes, photography, video, and the do’s and don’ts of hopping around the globe. It’s not unusual for a member who is stranded in a country to post a thread asking for help searching for lodging/transportation and being bombarded with options within minutes, from members all over the world.

In an effort to take the conversation offline, Tribe members are known for their weekly international Meet Ups, as well as the NomadnessX trips that the business core, High Council Members, organize on behalf of the group. Within the first year of conception, there have been five group trips (Panama, Spain, Germany, Toronto, Dominican Republic). The first of which had eighteen members in Bocas Del Toro, Panama and was recounted in the July 2012 Issue of Ebony Magazine.

“Being a young, Black female who traveled to over ten countries, and lived on three continents by the time I was twenty-five, I never found a travel group that spoke to me. They were boring and didn’t relate to my style or background. The entrepreneur in me said ‘Good, I’m going to create it,’ says Nomadness LLC Founder and Nomadness Travel Tribe creator, Evita Turquoise Robinson. In 2011, Robinson was noted by Clutch Magazine, as one of the ‘Top 11 Black Women Inspiring Us to Travel’It was her wanderlust, and young energy that became the catalyst to launch into the travel industry, fully occupying this sector unlike anyone before her had done.

The Nomadness Travel Tribe’s 1 Year Anniversary was this past September 30th, and over one hundred fifty members traveled to New York City, from all over the world to meet face to face, at theMiss Jessie’s™ Hair Care and Hotel BPM™ sponsored event.  In addition, Robinson launched the Nomadness College Tour Series, with a focus on presenting to HBCU’s and diversity based clubs on college campuses, to spread the idea of travel after college.

For more information, Nomadness LLC is currently scheduling interviews with Founder, Evita Robinson in print, radio, online, and segmented television media formats. She can be reached via email at, or phone at  845/590-9248.

The World’s 50 Most Violent Cities

According to a table released by a Mexican think tank – the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, of the world’s 50 most violent cities, 45 are in the Americas. The rest of the dangerous cities were located in Africa and the Middle East. None of the top 50 was in Europe despite its current economic and social problems. The table certainly doesn’t make good reading for Brazil, 14 of their cities have made the list. The United States received some disturbing scores with three of their cities named.

However, it is important to remember that the results are based entirely on murder rate per capita in 2011. Other crimes have not been taken into account. It is also worth noting that almost all of these cities have drug related gang problems. This inter gang violence is the source of the vast majority of the murders on the table.

50. Johannesburg, South Africa

49. Durban, South Africa

48. Baltimore, United States

47. Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)

46. Panama, Panama

45. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

44. Mosul, Iraq

43. St. Louis, United States

42. Barranquilla, Colombia

41. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

40. Goiânia, Brazil

39. Curitiba, Brazil

38. Monterrey, Mexico

37. Fortaleza, Brazil

36. Macapá, Brazil

35. Pereira, Colombia

34. Cape Town, South Africa

33. Kingston (metropolitan area), Jamaica

32. Recife, Brazil

31. Cuiabá, Brazil

30. Detroit, United States

29. João Pessoa, Brazil

28. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

27. São Luís, Brazil

26. Manaus, Brazil

25. San Juan, Puerto Rico

24. Barquisimeto, Venezuela

23. Cúcuta, Colombia

22. Salvador (and RMS), Brazil

21. New Orleans, United States

20. San Salvador, El Salvador

19. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

18. Veracruz, Mexico

17. Vitoria, Brazil

16. Tepic (metropolitan area), Mexico

15. Mazatlán, Mexico

14. Medellín, Colombia

13. Culiacán, Mexico

12. Guatemala, Guatemala

11. Cali, Colombia

10. Belém, Brazil

9. Durango, Mexico

8. Chihuahua, Mexico

7. Torreón (metropolitan area), Mexico

6. Caracas, Venezuela

5. Distrito Central, Honduras

4. Acapulco, Mexico

3. Maceió, Brazil

2. Juárez, Mexico

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras