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World Nomad Games III In Kyrgyzstan

By |2019-07-06T14:10:28-06:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

World Nomad Games III In Kyrgyzstan.  Besides attempting to travel to every country in the world, I also occasionally get the opportunity to partake in some unique experiences. One of those events was the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan. Over 1,500 athletes from 66 countries participated in the third WNG. As you might imagine, spectators are [...]

Noratus Cemetery Must-See

By |2019-05-28T05:17:35-06:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Must-See|Tags: , , |

This has been on my radar screen for a long time.  I have been to Armenia every year since 2003, but somehow this historical gem was always overlooked by me until this year in 2018.  Noratus cemetery is a medieval cemetery filled with stone-carved crosses.  Noratus located on Lake Sevan is filled with over 1000 stone [...]

What You Need To Know When Visiting Abkhazia and Getting A Visa

By |2019-07-06T05:59:22-06:00June 10th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Asia|Tags: , |

What You Need To Know When Visiting Abkhazia and Getting A Visa.  The UN recognizes 193 member states.  Then there is Palestine and the Vatican, which are called Observer States.  That brings you to 195.  There are other countries like Taiwan and Kosovo which seem like countries but due to global politics, are not part of [...]

Victory Day In Sukhumi Abkhazia

By |2019-05-28T05:03:29-06:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , |

Victory Day In Sukhumi Abkhazia. Maybe you have seen the images beamed to your TV sets or on the web of thousands of Russian troops and tanks parading through Red Square in Moscow every May 9th. This is Victory Day which commemorates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. This day is recognized by Russia and [...]

Five Days At The Russian Cosmodrome Baikonur For A Manned Space Launch Day Five

By |2019-07-06T14:08:50-06:00May 26th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , |

Five Days At The Russian Cosmodrome Baikonur For A Manned Space Launch Day Five. Today was the day. The climax. The denouement. We started off with a leisurely tour of the Museum of History in the town of Baikonur. We were expecting to see our guide, Amina, from the day before, but she was nowhere to [...]

Five Days At The Russian Cosmodrome Baikonur For A Manned Space Launch Day Four

By |2019-07-06T14:07:15-06:00May 13th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , |

Five Days At The Russian Cosmodrome Baikonur For A Manned Space Launch Day Four. Today was going to be a bit low key compared to the previous, action-packed, day.  I crammed down some sort of egg creation for breakfast and met the group for our 10:00 am departure in Lenin Square.  The day was sunny and [...]

Five Days At The Russian Cosmodrome Baikonur For A Manned Space Launch Day Three

By |2019-07-06T14:29:08-06:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Five Days At The Russian Cosmodrome Baikonur For A Manned Space Launch Day Three.  I awoke to darkness, and today was going to be an exciting and busy day.  I gobbled down a quick breakfast of eggs and tea at the hotel, and the group was on the bus before 6:30 am.  We entered the Cosmodrome [...]

A Guide: Seven Days In Oman

By |2019-07-06T14:30:36-06:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , |

A Guide: Seven Days In Oman.  Oman is the Quiet Man of the Middle East.  Think about, you don’t hear much about it compared to its neighbors.  War in Yemen and Syria.  The ongoing violence in Iraq.  Turmoil in Lebanon and Jordan with a tidal wave of refugees.  Strife in Israel with their ongoing conflict with [...]

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