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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 [...]

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.  [...]

Spectating NLD – Aung San Suu Kyi Political Rally

By |2021-02-04T06:04:38-06:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Spectating NLD - Aung San Suu Kyi Political Rally 2012 Myanmar - Burma.  When the topic of travel is brought up, often the first question posed is “what is your favorite country?”  For those who travel extensively, this query can often result in mere pretense.  Most travelers I have spoken with or interviewed do not have [...]

Lopburi Monkey Festival

By |2020-12-22T03:01:20-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Lopburi Monkey Festival.  Everyone loves a great party and the monkeys of Lopburi are no different.  Think great conversation, abundant food, and some catchy music are you too can be celebrating at the Lopburi Monkey Festival. Lopburi, a town of 30,000, can be found a couple of hours north of Bangkok.  It is an easy drive, [...]

Visiting Phuket Vegetarian Festival

By |2020-12-22T03:00:15-06:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Visiting Phuket Vegetarian Festival.  Always look for the silver lining.  I have been “stuck” in Thailand since mid-March.  While I spent a couple of months mostly quarantined in my apartment, by June Thailand had effectively opened up.  This meant there was time to explore parts of Thailand I had not been to before.  The added bonus [...]

Visiting The Children’s Circus In Kabul

By |2019-12-22T14:40:15-06:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Visiting the children’s circus in Kabul. Life goes on. People wake up. Put their clothes on. And they go about their day. Yet, some people have to overcome much larger challenges every single day. Over one billion people live on $1 a day. Tens of millions have been forced to flee their homes. Others in Yemen [...]

Watching Buzkashi In Afghanistan

By |2019-12-08T20:07:11-06:00November 27th, 2019|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Watching Buzkashi in Afghanistan. Buzkashi is not a sport for the faint-hearted. Think of polo on horses, but the ball is dead goat, missing its head. Men on horses compete fiercely to grab the goat off the ground (or from a competitor) and race to the goal while fending off other players. In Farsi, Buzkashi [...]

Exploring The Aral Sea In Uzbekistan

By |2019-11-17T23:55:17-06:00November 17th, 2019|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Exploring The Aral Sea In Uzbekistan. When the name Uzbekistan slips into the conversation, images of the Silk Road waltz through my mind. I conjure pictures from Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva of ancient walled cities, ancient mosques, and azure-tiled minarets. Yet, there is more to explore in Uzbekistan than just the Silk Road. [...]

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