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Paul Barbato … Embrace The Trainwreck

By |2022-08-16T16:38:14-05:00August 16th, 2022|Categories: Podcast, Uncategorized|

Paul Barbato has traveled to over 70 countries Paul AKA Barbs and I met through Gus Rosted.  Gus is one of the attendees at the Extraordinary Travel Festival.  Gus recommended Barbs as speaker at the festival. I knew Barbs and his YouTube channel, Geography Now! and thought he would be a great addition in Armenia.  Barbs [...]

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 [...]

Hotel Casa Khaldi Is The Worst Hotel, Ever

By |2020-02-29T12:58:41-06:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Hotel Casa Khaldi Worst Hotel Chefchaouen.  The trip did not get off to a good start.  CTM, a well-known bus line in Morocco was sold out.  I turned to TripAdvisor and found Morocco Trek Safaris who offered a transfer, door-to-door transfer in four hours, from Fez to Chefchaouen for triple the price.  Unfortunately, a higher [...]

Victoria Falls – Must-See

By |2019-07-06T12:12:43-05:00July 7th, 2018|Categories: Africa, Must-See, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Victoria Falls Must See.  Victoria Falls is one of those places that engenders such lofty expectations, yet is able to exceed them once you are finally able to witness its gargantuan magnificence.  Victoria Falls sits at the corner of where Zimbabwe and Zambia meet.  David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, was the first “to discover” the falls [...]

Babis Bizas – 193 countries … and travels 300 days a year for several decades

By |2019-05-28T05:46:05-05:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Podcast, Uncategorized|

Babis completed his quest for 193 in 2004, but has not slowed down at all.   [Download .mp3] In the late 1970s, Babis backpacked the Hippy Trail which included Pakistan and Afghanistan.  He eventually found his way to Sri Lanka and joined the crew of a Greek ship and travelled even further.   Babis is one [...]

Dustin Pfundheller – 193 countries …  at the age of 30 with the help of Tinder!

By |2019-07-06T04:44:09-05:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Podcast, Uncategorized|

[Download .mp3] Dustin balanced his career as a dentist while completing all 193 UN countries and then some. Dustin grew up in small town America yet ended up living in Singapore working as a dentist.  Despite a childhood of limited travel, he spread his travel wings after settling in Singapore and began to discover the region. [...]

Communist Era Monuments Of Bulgaria

By |2019-05-28T10:30:39-05:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Communist era monuments of Bulgaria.  An amalgam of Soviet brutalist architecture and dreary grey cement resulted in numerous communist monuments throughout the country of Bulgaria.  Bulgaria resides on the edge of Europe.  While a member of the EU its bonds and history tilts toward its protector of Russia and its communist progenitor, the Soviet Union. Bulgaria [...]

Eritrea – 101st Country

By |2021-04-14T21:37:58-05:00May 10th, 2016|Categories: Counting Countries 193 Countdown, Uncategorized|Tags: |

To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries.  Eritrea is my 101st country.  Check out the best 193 travel books to read!  Eritrea is considered one of the more difficult countries in the world to visit. [...]

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