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Visiting The Mikoyan Brothers Museum

By |2019-06-26T11:18:07-05:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Visiting Mikoyan Brothers Museum. MiG. That just sounds cool. The Soviet MiG jet fighter. As a kid, I imagined F-14s and MiGs dancing in the air in combat as I played war. That name MiG is not just a random jumble of letters but is named after the two designers of the MiG, Artom Mikoyan and [...]

The Yazidis Of Armenia

By |2019-06-23T13:12:30-05:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|

Yazidis in Armenia.  The Yazidis have been in the news for all of the wrong reasons over the past several years. The Yazidis practice their own unique religion and caught the ire of ISIS. Yazidis are spread throughout the world numbering 1.5 million, but the highest concentration can be found in northern Iraq. ISIS was intent [...]

Eight Days In Mauritania, An Agenda, Part II

By |2019-06-17T07:38:21-05:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|

Sample Itinerary Mauritania.  This is the second part of my trip to Mauritania.  To see the first part, check out sample agenda Mauritania. Ben Amera Ben Amera is the third largest monolith in the world. The first two that claim that record can be found in Australia. Ben Amera rises over 630 meters (over 2,000 feet). [...]

The Assyrians Of Armenia

By |2019-06-23T13:15:24-05:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|

Assyrians in Armenia.  I have visited Armenia every year since 2003. I have seen a lot of changes, and many for the better. Money has poured in. Infrastructure has improved greatly, whether it is roads, hotels, restaurants, and tour providers. With the improved infrastructure and positive media, I have seen tremendous growth in tourism. The vast [...]

Palle Bo … Re-Invented Himself At 50

By |2019-06-13T02:36:38-05:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|

Palle Bo … Re-Invented Himself At 50 Palle has traveled to 80 countries On today’s episode, I welcome Palle Bo to Counting Countries.  Palle and I have met twice over the last couple of years, once in Manila and once in Chicago, but today is the day where we made it official with an interview. Before [...]

Visiting The Principality Of Sealand

By |2019-10-07T07:45:57-05:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|

Visiting Principality Sealand.  How many countries are there in the world? Well, it depends on who you ask. If you are standing in the General Assembly, they will inform you there are 193 sovereign countries as recognized by the UN. But the debate is just getting heated. There is another group of countries that walk and [...]

Eight Days In Mauritania, An Agenda, Part I

By |2019-06-16T13:42:13-05:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|

Sample Agenda Mauritania.  Mauritania is a big boy, the 11th largest country in Africa. It is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on its other borders; Western Sahara, Algeria, Mali, and Senegal. Mauritania is primarily a desert country with 90% of its land found in the Sahara. These areas were originally settled by [...]

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