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Visiting Behesht Zahra, Martyr’s Cemetery

By |2016-06-29T08:58:31-05:00June 29th, 2016|Categories: Asia, Must-See|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Visiting Behesht Zahra, Martyr’s Cemetery. War is savage. Brutal. The aftermath of this savageness is displayed in full at the Behesht Zahra cemetery outside of Tehran. These losses are the results of a nearly 8 year war between neighbors Iran and Iraq. Over 200,000 martyrs are laid to rest in this sprawling cemetery. Another one million [...]

Gunnar Garfors – 193 countries … And World Record Holder!

By |2018-03-07T19:51:49-05:00June 27th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , |

[Download .mp3] Gunnar Garfors is the youngest hobby traveler who has traveled to all 193 countries while still being employed full time. Besides traveling to every country in the world, Gunnar has also completed several other challenging feats.  In 2012, he traveled to five different continents in one single day.  In 2014, he traveled to 19 [...]

Visiting The Grand Bazaar In Tehran

By |2016-06-25T18:47:07-05:00June 25th, 2016|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , |

Visiting the Grand Bazaar in Tehran. Corridor after passage after hallway snakes around for over 10 km in length. It is a simple process to get lost. I am floundering, but enjoying myself in the Grand Bazaar of Tehran. Tehran is the incredibly busting capital of Iran. Over 16 million people are jammed into this vast [...]

Samu Viljanen – 193 countries!

By |2018-03-07T19:50:39-05:00June 20th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|Tags: |

[Download .mp3] Samu before the age of 40 had traveled to all 193 countries on earth.  And in one fell swoop, traveled to all 53 countries in Africa. Samu is one of seven Finns who have traveled to every country in the world.  At the age of 39, he had traveled to every country in the [...]

Signs You Do Not See At Home

By |2019-03-22T23:18:47-05:00June 19th, 2016|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , |

Signs You Do Not See At Home.  Often when traveling overseas, I am amused, confused, and intrigued by signage that I come across.  Here are some signs I typically do not see back home. Armenia A billboard in Yerevan, Armenia recognizing the Armenian Genocide, by comparing Hitler to Turkey's monstrous Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Belarus McDonalds of [...]

Khor Virap – Must-See

By |2016-06-17T21:46:19-05:00June 17th, 2016|Categories: Asia, Must-See|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Khor Virap – Must-See.  Khor Virap sits in the shadow of Mt. Ararat, the symbol of Armenia. The Turkish border is a scant five miles away. Khor Virap plays a central role in Armenia’s rich history. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned in a pit for 14 years in the 3rd century. Eventually, he was released and [...]

Three Must-See Churches In Bulgaria.

By |2016-06-14T02:02:46-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Three must-see churches in Bulgaria. Bulgaria is not the first country that comes to your lips when you are planning a European road trip, but it should be. Bulgaria offers so much for a traveler. Here are three highlights. Tsarevets Fortress Several hours east of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, on a relaxing bus ride, is [...]

Mike Spencer Bown – 193 countries

By |2018-03-07T19:48:59-05:00June 12th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

[Download .mp3] Mike Spencer Bown - 193 countries Mike is a true traveler and explorer, who over a twenty plus year time period has traveled to every country in the world.  Mike shared with me some incredible travel tales, including a road trip with a nun in a war-torn, African country.  Mike has been on the [...]