Tuesday, September 30, 2008

National Sign Up for a Dang Library Card Month

Ok, so OYFP is just squeaking this one in, but September is (or was) National Sign Up for a Library Card Month. I have spouted my affection for my local library branch on this blog before, but this declaration is yet another reason to praise the institution that gives us *free* (well as long as you return things on time) access to informative, challenging, controversial, funny, and thought-provoking reading material.

In addition (and perhaps more appealing for some), your local library branch probably has a decent selection of DVDs, CDs, books-on-tape-or-cd, and museum passes. Did I mention that this is free? Some branches charge $1 or so for DVD rentals, but that's a bargain compared to your local Blockbuster.

You may scoff, and say "Silly, reading's for kids." You'd be right - after all, a review in the Archives of Disease in Childhood recently concluded: "Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent."

What you might not know is that reading is good for adults, too! It provides the opportunity to escape from everyday stresses, and relax. Reading can be so effective at this that the UK has started a program for mentally distressed patients called "Reading and You." And hey, if you've always wanted to go to Australia but don't [yet] have the funds for it, reading books set in Australia are a good way to at least get to Australia in your brain.

In order to get a library card in Massachusetts, you must fall into one of the following categories:
  • a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • a Massachusetts property owner
  • employed in Massachusetts
  • attending school in Massachusetts
  • a resident of temporary housing in Massachusetts
All you need is a photo id and proof of residence (address on your ID, a utility bill, or a lease), and you can easily pick up a card tonight! Alternatively, you can register for an e-card to access the libraries' extensive online resources.

My local branch (Honan-Allston) is open tonight until 6 PM. Check the BPL's hours online, and sing this song on your way.

"Take a look, it's in a book, a reading rainbow!"

Related Posts: Public libraries are your friend; Reading at Lunch; Staycation in Boston; Turn off your TV week
Photo courtesy of Casey "monkey-lovin" Williams

Monday, September 29, 2008

Disasters, Crises, and Donating Blood

Often times during crises, we feel helpless. We want do something, not just sit watching, or give money. It all feels too ineffective. I can't tell you how many emails OYFP received asking how to volunteer in China earthquakes in China earlier this year... but I didn't have anything to tell the people who contacted us, other than to direct them to other organizations.

This feeling of helplessness when witnessing other people's pain and suffering is not a pleasant one. Sometimes people even feel guilty for not being hurt - especially during 9/11. What I find interesting is that the Red Cross has found a way to take advantage of this feeling. Whenever there's a crisis, the Red Cross runs ads along the lines of, "You can help. Give blood today, and ease the suffering of the people in China/Indonesia/Louisiana/New York City/Galvaston, TX."

Do you think your blood actually goes to those places? In most cases, probably not. But the Red Cross is able to sell the blood to hospitals that badly need it for those small every day crises - car crashes, train accidents, house fires, etc - and use that money to help in the larger disasters.

The Red Cross has found a way to let people help - and it's more than just giving money, or donating clothes. You give a piece of yourself- literally. So though I think the ads are a little misleading, I still think everyone ends up winning. The Red Cross helps people, and you feel like you did something to make a difference.

If you're interested in donating blood, look on the Give Life blood donation website. You can also read a list of blood donor guidelines.

Related Posts: An Olympic Debate; Earthquake in China; Global Volunteering; Tornadoes, Cyclones, and Disaster Relief; Champions of a Cause
Photo courtesy of cayusa.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Absentee Voting

Today marks the date of the first debate scheduled between the two main candidates for Presidents of the United States. I will be watching it because I believe voting is an important part of my volunteer duties in exercising my right to choose who I think would be the best candidate to lead this country for the next four years.

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of students that just moved into a different area to attend college, it will be hard for you to exercise this same right and vote in the state you are registered. Considering the current high gas prices, traveling home may be too difficult for many of these students.

But your vote can still count! Please take the time to fill out an absentee ballot for your state. This website, http://www.govoteabsentee.org/ makes it really simple for you to fill out your vote. This site takes you through 4 easy steps to help you ensure that your vote counts this election season, which some have said to be the most important election.

So Watch the debate(s), make your decision and cast your absentee vote!

Related Posts: Penny Pinchin' Times, Finding your voice (politically), Super Tuesday Preview: Who's the Decider? You Are.
Picture Courtesy of: http://www.state.sc.us/scsec/absent.htm

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I Am the Walrus

I’m on the fourth day of my staycation. Today, I’m heading to the New England Aquarium (NEAQ). Oh, yeah!

The NEAQ was founded in 1969 and has over 1.3 million visitors every year. The NEAQ combines “education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the ocean. Through a wide variety of educational programs and conservation initiatives, they make a lasting impact globally.”

Some of the animals I’m excited to see include:

* African Penguin
* American Lobster
* Atlantic Harbor Seal
* Cownose Ray
* Giant Pacific Octopus
* Green Anaconda
* Green Sea Turtle
* Leafy Seadragon
* Lionfish
* Moon Jelly
* North Atlantic Right Whale
* Sand Tiger Shark

Some of the exhibits I’m looking forward to are:

* Amazing Jellies
* Amazon Rainforest
* Atlantic Harbor Seals
* Giant Ocean Tank
* Gulf of Maine
* Hands-On Areas
* Pacific Reef Community
* Penguins
* Seadragons
* Behind the Scenes
* What's New
* Presentations and Shows
* IMAX Theatre
* Whale Watch

The NEAQ is open from 9AM-5PM Monday to Friday and 9AM-6PM Saturday and Sunday. Check out the Tickets Page for costs and a list of discounts.

I wonder if they have any walrus… goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob.

Pictures from our very own Casey W., Boston Attractions Group www.bostonattractionsgroup.com and from the interwebs: http://www.photos-screensaver-maker.com/screen/images/scr-fish.jpg.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Public Transit in Seattle: Solar power!

Those of us who live in cities are lucky - there are usually a plethora of public transit options, from buses to subways, trains, or trolleys. Even if you live in a smaller city, there are almost always buses, or you're able to ride your bike around (not that you can't do that in a larger city).

A few weeks ago I was in Seattle for my dear friend Elizabeth's wedding. Seattle's a newer city, but not so new (or, paradoxically, so old) that subway lines were built into it. Instead, lots of roads were built, so the city now depends on an extensive network of very well maintained buses, in addition to personal cars, of course. There's also a somewhat pointless monorail, and a brand new trolley line... which is what impressed me the most.

We chose to stay slightly outside of the main downtown area of Seattle right near Lake Union, both to save a few bucks and because there weren't many rooms downtown. We figured we'd either learn how to take the buses, rely on cabs, or do a lot of walking. Little did we know that there would be a trolley, I mean street car, right outside the door of our hotel!

This thing was fantastic! Think of the Green line in Boston... now think about everything you'd change about it... and you get the Seattle Street car! It runs in the street, but the cars are brand new and the ticket system is simple and even better, solar powered! The drivers are nice, the thing isn't too crowded, and it doesn't stop every 5 feet.

Sign me up for a city with a streetcar any day, though the thing didn't run all that late. We did our fair share of walking all over the place (which was lovely), and even took a few cabs (shhh!).

If you could change one thing about Boston's public transit, what would it be?

Related Posts: Bikes not Bombs; Boston Bike Sharing; Biking to Work in Boston; Was it Green?; The Greenest Generation
Photo courtesy of Casey.. ie me.

Bee-ware: Where have all the bees gone?

Heard of something called "colony collapse"? No, it's not in reference to the recent bank issues. It's something almost as serious: Bees! They're dying off in unprecedented numbers, and scientists don't know why.

Sure, bees are annoying when they sting (and sometimes deadly, if you're one of those allergic people). But right now, most of our crops are pollinated by bees... and what does pollination do, boys and girls? It makes sure the fruit/vegetable plant has both halves of the genetic information it needs to create more of itself.

Without bees we would have to walk around to all the flowering plants and use Q-tips to do the pollination for over 1/3 of all the crops that we eat... not to mention that without bees, we wouldn't have that delicious and au-natural sweetener - honey!

To learn more about the problem (and play a little with their Flash interface), visit the Help the Honey Bees site from Hagen Daaz. For more scholarly information, read this article from a Penn State researcher about what's killing the honey bees, or explore the UC Davis Honey Bee Research facility's website.

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Bee avatar created on the Hagen Daaz site.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kids Can Have Cancer Too

It's hard in these difficult economic times to think about others than yourself but that is when it is most important to think and help out others who are less fortunate then yourself. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so naturally I want to spend some time writing about our partner, Christopher's Haven.

Christopher's Haven helps families who come to Boston to have their children treated for Cancer by providing them housing and comfort while they deal with the sometimes challenging treatment for cancer.

Back in June with the help of OYFP members, I helped move several families, into apartments for their stay in Boston. We built beds, set up kitchens, arranged furniture and hung up decorations. It was an exhausting day but it was worth it when we got to spend some time with the families and children we were supporting.

What's interesting is the diversity of families that Christopher's Haven helps out. I met families from Seattle and Denmark to name a few who all come from different backgrounds but came for the same purpose. What stays with me the most is the little baby (my guess a year old) which was crawling around the finished apartments having a good ol' time. It really showed me that dealing with cancer doesn't mean you have to be stuck to a hospital bed.

I will never forget how happy and full of life the child was. It definitely made all my aches, pains and tiredness associated from moving people into apartments all worth it. I knew that this baby will have the comforts of home with Christopher's Haven and just maybe will help make her and her family's stay here in Boston more easy.

So if you don't have the funds necessary to help the children whom have cancer, then donate some of your time to Christopher's Haven and you will be glad you did it.

Pictures: Courtesy of www.christophershaven.org (first photo is with Dan the Founder of Christopher's Haven)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Penny Pinchin' Times

Perhaps if you live under a rock or in a cave, or don't watch TV, listen to the radio, read magazines or newspapers, walk down the street, or talk to anyone, you haven't heard that the economy is in trouble. Investment banks are collapsing left and right, there's not much available credit, the US dollar isn't worth very much.

What does that mean to you? Well, aside from making that planned trip to Europe exorbitantly expensive, it means you're suddenly going to find that your money isn't going that far. Two interesting bits I heard on NPR:

Salaries have not been keeping up with inflation. So, to substitute, people have been using credit of all types - home equity, credit cards, etc. That's sounds like a recipe for disaster.

We're in the worst economic times since the Great Depression, at least according to one commentator.

Remember those times in the 1930s? No, me niether. But I remember hearing my grandmother talk about it. She used to search in the couch cushions for loose change in order to be able to take the trolley to school. Until the day she died, she re-used everything, and her favorite places to shop were estate sales and garage sales. For a special treat, she'd take a look at the clearance rack at Marshall's. And all things considered, my grandmother and her family had it pretty good during the great depression - her mom was a physician.

I don't think most of us are quite at that level yet. To keep more of your money around, here three of my ideas for what you can do to save a little, but still have fun:

1. Go out to eat less. When you get the urge to go out, have just an appetizer and drink at the bar. Chances are that will be filling enough. Alternatively, order the food but not the liquor and you'll save a bundle (in both $$ and calories). My favorite way to eat new foods is to host a potluck! No, I'm not a mom, I'm a twenty-something who happens to love potlucks. Try it for yourself, it's fun.

2. Make gifts for birthdays and the upcoming holidays. You don't have to be all Martha Stewart to give something nice. For my friend's recent wedding, we all wrote memories and things we loved about her on pretty slips of paper, and put them in a decorative jar. Cost was minimal, and she absolutely loved it. Alternatively, you could pick up a frame at a garage sale, spiff it up with some spray paint, and put in a photo of you and the giftee or a meaningful quote of some sort.

3. Take public transportation, walk, or ride your bike instead of driving your car or taking a cab. You'll prevent road rage, avoid accidents, and save the earth, all while saving your moneys. Yes, you will have to budget in a little extra time, but it could be well worth it.

All these small behavioral changes can add up - try them, and you'll see!

What are some of your tips for pinching a few pennies?
Photo courtesy of LizWhitmire.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Farm Aid: Helping the little guy

There's nothing like some good music for a good cause. Heck, OYFP has even held its own charity concert!

Enter the annual Farm Aid concert, started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellancamp over 20 years ago. Dave Matthews, yet another heavy hitter, joined the board in 2001. Basically, a bunch of kick-butt musicians get together and play some foot-stomping music to raise funds for the Farm Aid organization, which works to assist the small family farms across the United States.

While they're not exactly handing cash over to the owners of the family farms, they are funding organizations that help the farmers, and raising awareness of the farmers' importance to that full feeling in our belly - oh and that pesky national security thing.

This year, the concert will be held on October 20 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA. They're supposedly sold out already (Darn it! Why am I always the last to hear about these things?), but rumor has it there are tickets still available... but worst case scenario there's always next year., r you could go all technological and watch the webcast on FarmAid.org starting at 4 PM or on DirectTV's The 101 Network (ironic that it's on DirectTV at the Comcast Center).

If you're interested in reading more about family farmers, peruse the FarmAir.org website, the Family Farm Defenders website, or the Community Alliance with Family Farmers site.

Related Posts: Videos from OYFP's Charity Concert; Patio gardens & City growing; Find local food locally; Fruit in the city
Photos courtesy of Casey and the Farm Aid site. Thanks to Danielle for the story idea!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Non-Profits partnering with OYFP

We wanted to remind you all that the deadline to submit an application to become a partner with On Your Feet Project is this Monday, September 15, 2008 (though if you don't get it in until this Wednesday, we won't tell anyone... shhhh).

On Your Feet Project works with non-profit organizations that are dedicated to providing sustainable solutions to the issues they are addressing. We believe that, by increasing awareness and understanding of high-quality, local nonprofit organizations, and by promoting active community involvement among young people, we can facilitate the development of a generation focused on the betterment of our society.

OYFP selects its partners on the basis of several criteria, which include, but are not limited to:

Opportunities for involvement. Partners should support opportunities for involvement for members of the community, particularly among young people, primarily in the form of volunteer programs and events. Partners should be amenable to one-day and ongoing volunteer events organized by OYFP in conjunction with the Partners. This application period is for the Boston chapter of OYFP.

Need. Partners should demonstrate a need for assistance in areas of educating the community about its activities, recruiting volunteers, reaching out to younger demographics, and fundraising. OYFP will take into consideration OYFP's ability to respond to those needs as effectively as possible within the parameters defined by OYFP's resources and capabilities.

Sustainability of Partner programs. OYFP defines the sustainability of a given Partner program as the program's ability to provide or engender long-term solutions to the specific problems that are being addressed.

Email boston@oyfp.org for OYFP applications. Please submit completed applications to boston_applications@oyfp.org.

Related Posts: Pick our new partner; What OYFP has meant to me

Friday, September 12, 2008

Cats on a Treadmill: TGIF from OYFP

In homage to the fact that it's almost 5 PM on a Friday, let us make you laugh:

Courtesy of Monkey See.
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Service Your Community

If we haven’t said it this week yet, we j’adore community service. The benefits of doing service for the community is priceless, to phrase a popular term from MasterCard. It makes you happy and it feels good to know that once, just once I wasn’t being my selfish superficial self (try saying that three times fast).

That’s why it’s refreshing to see that other people are just as passionate about it as us. On Saturday, September 27, 2008 join countless other who have volunteered for their community and those who would like to be more involved.

The Details:

  • 10:00am - Rally
  • 11:15am - The Declaration of Service Ceremony
  • 11:30am - 2:30pm - Music and Opportunities Fair
  • 2:30pm Boston Common Cleanup lead by EarthEmerson

RSVP to: http://www.servicenation.org/bostondoa

For more details click here or contact kvisco@bethechangeinc.org.

You want to get involved well here’s your chance. Sign up, show up, and get your service on!

Related Posts: How to be Happier, Who is Happier? Getting your Volunteer on in any City.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

India Vogue: The haves and the have nots

Fashion has long been criticized for its models with "unique" body proportions (read: unhealthy extremes).

However, this time it has started another conversation about the blatant contrast between the ultra rich and extreme poor in this Vogue India Fashion Spread that features the people in extreme poverty holding or wearing high fashion items that cost from several hundred to a thousand dollars. They included Hermes Birkin bag, a Burberry umbrella, and a baby's Fendi bib.

This is in a country where the per capita income just recently hit $950 in 2007, up from $460 in 200 (according to the World Bank).

An editor with Vogue India was quoted in the NY Times as saying "Lighten up,” she said in a telephone interview. Vogue is about realizing the 'power of fashion' she said, and the shoot demonstrated that "fashion is no longer a rich man’s privilege. Anyone can carry it off and make it look beautiful."

While it's benevolent of her to point out that people in poverty can wear high fashion without taking away from the 'beauty' of the item, she says nothing about the beauty of the people themselves. In fact, the issue doesn't even name the models.

To me this contrast between the rich and the poor beautifully illustrates just how absolutely ridiculous high fashion can be, and how ridiculous we are for falling for it. Yes, we all want to look good, or maintain a professional appearance, but when there are people starving in the world - and the fashion magazines putting it right in your face so you can't avoid it - how could you then go out and drop a few hundred on a purse?

How you choose to spend your money aside, do you think it's appropriate for the magazine to show people in poverty carrying the Burberry umbrella? I personally think at the very least it's sparking a conversation about the ultra poor... and that hopefully some good will come of it.

Women on their way to work in Chennai. Note the absence of Hermes Bags.

Related Posts: 10,000 reasons to buy; Concious Gifting; Fish out of Water - My experience in Nicaragua; Olympics in China - Has anything really changed?;
The screenshot of Vogue India is courtesy of the NYT. The photo of the Indian women courtesy of Casey and her trip to Southern India to visit her brother.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Rain Did Not Keep Us Down

As I woke up on Saturday morning I heard the rain pouring down outside and was nervous that our Apple Packing & Wine Tasting event would be a wash. Nonetheless I got ready and headed downtown in the rain. It rained on and off while we ate our breakfast, compliments of Starbucks, and then we were off on the bus headed to Nashoba Valley.

Upon arrival at Nashoba we got a tour of the winery there. It was quite informative including why wineries are turning away from the traditional corks. The trees that make up these corks can only be stripped once every nine years which makes it difficult to provide all the corks the wine industry needs. Hence many wineries are changing to either plastic or screw top wine bottles. I think we will be seeing a lot more of this in the next couple of years.

Anyhow afterwards I picked some of the best eveah apples to compliment the wine I just purchased and laid out on the grass to enjoy the scenery and music that was part of the festivities.

It did not rain the entire time at Nashoba Valley either. It allowed all of us there a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get away from Boston for a little while.

I would also like to thank everyone who showed up on Saturday. I was truly honored to meet people who are willing to attend a fundraiser for a great cause, which involves you to be outside in the rain.

To check out more photos of our adventure, check out Facebook.

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Tastemakers

Despite the ominous weather forecasts on hurricane Hannah, the fearless group of OYFP-ers who showed up last Saturday to the second annual Apples & Wine, Wine & Apples fundraiser for Christopher's Haven were rewarded with a day of sunshine and the run of the orchard at Nashoba Valley Winery.

Huddled under umbrellas and hoodies, everyone nibbled on Starbucks pastries and sipped coffee while getting to know one another. Some people had heard about us through Yelp, others through our friends at SBS, and still others who'd had us on their radar for months.

Between the bus ride there and back, we noshed on pulled pork sandwiches and freshly dipped caramel apples, chatted with the juggler's wife about the lives of entertainers, sunbathed, and overlooked the orchard while sipping wine. Drowsy from the warmth of an Indian Summer day, nearly everyone laid out on the seats to nap on the ride home.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us--hope to see you around soon and take a look at more event photos on our Facebook group!

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Photos courtesy of Liz.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Getting your Volunteer on in any City.

Recently I was asked by a colleague of mine how to find the right kind of volunteer opportunity within her city (not Boston). She knew of the work I do with On Your Feet Project and is naturally an avid fan of our blog and thought I would be a good resource for her. At first I was not sure how to answer this because my experience in non-profits and volunteer organizations stems mostly from Boston.

Then I realized that I am a transplant here and I had to retrace my steps on how I went from knowing no one, even my roommates I met via craigslist, to now be considered the go to person for my friends and colleagues for volunteer opportunities and non-profit information.

If I can do it you can to! All it takes is a lot of research (Google is your friend), and a little guts. So here is my how to guide to get involved in your city.

1) Use National Websites. Start with a couple of websites to see what kind of volunteer opportunities are available in your city; http://www.volunteer-match.org/, http://www.idealist.org/, http://www.unitedway.com/ are good national resources that list volunteer opportunities which are geared towards your interests/time level of commitment within your city.

2) Attend a Cause-Related Event. A good portion of the people I have met in Boston have been met at attending various events put on by non-profits or social networks in the Boston area. A couple of good resources for finding events in your area that support causes your interested in are http://www.going.com/ or http://www.yelp.com/. Another great resource for finding non-profit events is your local newspaper. Specifically the newspapers online portion which is probably more likely to show more volunteer events & opportunities than in printed newspaper.

3) Research Social Networks in Your Area. Google is your friend in this one. Now not knowing what each city has to offer, try searching under various terms, "[your city] Volunteers", "Social Volunteering [Your City]", "Young Professional [Your City]". It has been my experience that many of the social networking organizations in Boston have a volunteer component to their organization. Once you find the right network for you, it's great because you meet people with similar interest to yours, and continue to build Social Capital in the city you live in. When you do find a social network you feel connected to, make sure to get on their e-mail list because they will help connect you to your city scene better than doing Google searches.

4) Move to Boston -Attend OYFP events. As if you didn't see this plug coming.

So these are some of the tips I have learned over my five year stint in Boston. I would love to hear your stories or your experience in getting involved within your city.

Photos Taken at OYFP Events.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Best Eveah?

I’ve been reading all over (AP, Boston Globe, Boston Metro, Boston-WBZ) that this seasons apple harvest could be one of the best in recent years for our area. Apparently, the alternating, hot, cool and wet August weather produced ripe conditions down on the farms.

Look for bigger, brighter and juicer apples this year at OYFP’s second annual Apples & Wine, Wine & Apples event! We will once again be visiting the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA on September 6th from 10AM-3PM.

Come on down!

Picture from: www.liketocook.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Apple Picking & Wine Tasting

Well, we've all made it through the hell known as September 1st in Boston. Even if you yourself weren't moving, chances are you know someone who was, helped someone move, or were a victim of the Boston newbies on Storrow Drive. My friend almost had a head-on collision with a BU driver going the wrong way down Storrow! Not to mention those too-tall trucks always getting stuck under one of the bridges (here's a hint - all moving trucks are too tall).

What better way to get some stress relief than by leaving the city for a day with On Your Feet Project? We've got just the bit of therapy you need - a fresh 'n' crunchy apple or three, a glass of local wine, and a quaint "Harvest Festival."

That's right, it's time for our second annual Apples & Wine, Wine & Apples event! We're taking a bus load of you kids out to the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA on September 6th for a real good time.

All you have to do is buy your ticket online for $30 (by Sept 3) or at the door for $35, and show up on the Boston Common by 10 AM to take our bus out to the country. There, you'll be able to go on a tour of the winery, sample some of the goods, partake in the Harvest Festival BBQ, and of course, pick some apples and a few late summer peaches.

If there's anything we New Englanders know, it's how quickly winter (eek!) will be upon us. Take advantage of the lovely fall season (and avoid high gas prices!) by joining us on our bus to the country.

Oh yes, and if you think 10 AM is a wee bit early for a Saturday morning, never fear! Our trusty sponsors Starbucks is here. They're donating breakfast pastries and coffee for those of us who are faint of heart in the morning.

See you there!

PS. In case you need yet another reason to join, all proceeds are going to help kids with cancer. Seriously. You can do good and have fun at the same time.

The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, 'round and 'round, 'round and out you'll go if you sing this song on our trip.

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Photos courtesy of On Your Feet Project.