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Larisa McBean is a Tourism Professional and Researcher specialising in community tourism development, and a Blogger who writes commentary on a variety of topics. An International Development graduate (MSc.) from the University of Birmingham, U.K., she majored in poverty and inequality reduction strategies and conducted research on sports tourism as a vehicle to socio-economic development. She also has a background in education and training, and public speaking, having taught in Jamaica, the United States, France and Japan.

  • Be Yo(u)nique

    — Larisa McBean

  • Happy New Year/Thank You

    To all my readers and followers, thank you for your support over the past year—whether you followed my blog, liked, commented or shared any of my posts. I really appreciated it, especially as I ventured into something new on my… Read More ›

  • Change

    Change can be terrifying Disrupting everything held dear Even bad habits that prove tiring We hold them tight out of fear   What if I hate this new thing? What’s the new replacing the old? What will this change really… Read More ›

  • Strong

    With a cool, calm air Seemingly unphased Tongues wag, eyes stare Still, she strides without a care   She’s been through far worse They may not see the scars No sharp tongue, no eye compares To lifetimes fighting wars  … Read More ›

  • Mundane

    Quietude or bustle Whether a stroll, or a shuffle Time goes by slowly Nothing out of the ordinary   Hills sit quietly watching Rivers rush on by Cattle crossing unperturbed Birds swooped down take flight   Inner turmoil takes a… Read More ›

  • Dumb Down

    Too big Too bright Dumb down Or take flight   A peg here A chunk there Knocking out That haughty air   Still shining But not for long Think you’re right You’re oh so wrong   Only one king Not… Read More ›

  • Gifts

    Not all gifts are given for giving’s sake Some are given so the giver can take Your dignity here, your loyalty there Some aren’t gifts at all, but really a snare — Copyright © Larisa McBean