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What To Do In Nukus Uzbekistan

By |2019-11-18T08:36:13-06:00November 17th, 2019|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|

What To Do In Nukus Uzbekistan. Nukus, a city of 300,000, can be found in the remote west of Uzbekistan. Nukus is the capital of the Karakalpakstan, an autonomous state found within Uzbekistan. According to the constitution, Karakalpakstan is considered formally sovereign and their relations with Uzbekistan are regulated by treaties and agreements. The state is [...]

What To See And Do In Lahore Pakistan

By |2019-10-06T05:40:17-06:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|

What to see and do in Lahore Pakistan. Lahore has been at the crossroads of competing empires for centuries past. At times this region has been ruled by the Hindu Shahis, Ghurids, Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Empire, Sikh Empire, and the Brits. Pakistan became an independent nation in 1947, when the British Empire left the subcontinent, [...]

The Yazidis Of Armenia

By |2019-06-23T13:12:30-06:00June 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 |2019-06-17T07:38:21-06:00June 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 |2019-06-23T13:15:24-06:00June 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 [...]

Visiting The Principality Of Sealand

By |2020-01-07T05:06:33-06:00June 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 [...]

Eight Days In Mauritania, An Agenda, Part I

By |2019-06-16T13:42:13-06:00June 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 [...]

Two Nights Niger

By |2019-07-06T12:46:11-06:00October 25th, 2017|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , |

Two nights Niger.  I wasn’t overly excited about my brief trip to Niamey, Niger.  I arrived late at night to the Diori Hamani International Airport via a direct flight from Algiers.  I passed immigration without any obstacles except for a brief argument with a gentleman who tried to cut the line.  As I waited for my [...]

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