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Faces Of Iraq

By |2021-11-24T08:30:32-06:00November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Asia, Photos, Unique Experiences|

Faces Of Iraq, Breaking Stereotypes.  Iraq has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons for as long as I can remember.  There was the brutal war between Iran and Iraq which took the lives of over 1,000,000 souls.  Iraq invaded and occupied its diminutive neighbor, Kuwait.  Iraq and its leader, Saddam Hussein, were [...]

Unique Faces Of Gerewol Festival

By |2021-11-25T06:59:07-06:00November 18th, 2021|Categories: Africa, Photos|

Unique Faces Of Gerewol Festival. The Wodaabe are a subgroup of the Fulani ethnic group.  The Fulani which goes by a number of names is one of the largest ethnic groups found in West Africa and the Sahel.  The Fulani number approximately 60 million.  The Wodaabe on the other hand only number 100,000 across Chad, Niger, [...]

Visiting Gerewol Festival

By |2021-11-18T20:04:04-06:00November 18th, 2021|Categories: Africa, Unique Experiences|

Visiting Gerewol Festival.  The debate can become a bit heated when a group of traveler’s endeavors to define “off the beaten path”.  The definition is somewhere between subjective and slippery.  It is moving target based upon where you are from and where you live.  Something exotic to you, is pedestrian to the person that lives there.  [...]

Tommy Shuai Shao … Chasing 244

By |2021-10-22T13:28:33-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Categories: Podcast|

Tommy Shuai Shao Counting Countries has traveled to 168 countries I am friends with Tommy on Facebook and also met him on the somewhat famous Adam Hickman Covid Zoom travel trivia game, but he was many of my social media friends who I really did not know.  On Tommy’s FB page I noted some interesting posts [...]

Counting Countries Special Announcement

By |2021-10-13T10:20:13-05:00October 13th, 2021|Categories: Podcast|

 Join us in Yerevan, Armenia from October 14 -16, 2022 At the Armenia Hotel Yerevan For the: Extraordinary Travel Festival This will be a multi-day event with great and inspiring speakers And at night we will be hosting parties and dinners to have fun and unwind This is a great opportunity to meet travelers from [...]

Abandoned Young Pioneer Camp In Armenia

By |2021-09-13T02:44:29-05:00September 13th, 2021|Categories: Asia, Must-See|

Abandoned Young Pioneer Camp In Armenia.  Road trip!  Armenia style.  At first brush, on a guided trip you might think Armenia is solely populated with ancient rock monasteries and abundant helpings of khorovats (BBQ Armenian meats).  But scratch the surface just a bit … and you will realize this landlocked country offers much more. On my [...]

Ted Nims … Hanging With Alferd Packer

By |2021-08-12T07:42:34-05:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Podcast|

Ted Nims has traveled to 127 countries.  Ted Nims Counting Countries.  I met Ted at a small travel meetup in Boston a couple of years ago, but knew him prior to that as one of my patrons for Counting Countries.  We both have homes in Chicago and we also connected a couple times in the Windy [...]

Ben Dowson … Nicking Sheeps

By |2021-06-10T05:58:09-05:00June 10th, 2021|Categories: Podcast|

Ben Dowson has traveled to every country in the world Ben made a brief appearance as the guest announcer for the January episode of Gina Morello.   After a bit of research, I pieced together who Ben was, pulling on a long thread and realizing that he was connected to many previous guests on this podcast.  Ben [...]

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