My Mongolia

Featured image source: www[dot]nomadicexpeditions[dot]com Mongolia—the land of Ghengis Khan, inventor of flash warfare, listed as an unusual and low-terror travel zone (1)—caught my eye. Ghengis Khan. Image source: www[dot]biography[dot]com This YouTube video of what it’s like to travel to Mongolia tells it all. From the art of welcoming visitors by generously giving everything one has at…

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Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Start the New Year in style by going on vacation and staying at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Mexico. This is the ultimate in “chic on the beach.” Surrounded by natural, verdant foliage and facing an impeccably tended, green lawn, a seemingly endless beach and an inviting, crystalline azure, Caribbean Sea, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun is…

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You Won’t Believe Your Eyes: Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

In my perpetual quest for the ultimate in customer service and satisfaction, as I looked through Reader’s Digest “Top 10 Most Luxurious Hotels in the World,” the last resort on the list caught my eye: Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, Mexico. Why don’t you take the resort tour first. It has very pleasant, ambient music that…

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The Mo’ai of Easter Island

Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is “the most remote, inhabited island on the face of the planet.” 1 In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Rapa Nui is located 2 500 miles west of Santiago Chile and 1 500 miles east of Polynesia. It was settled by the Polynesians in the fifth century…

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An Unusual Travel Destination: The Seychelles, Praslin Island

I was thinking about unusual travel destinations and came upon an interesting website which lists such places, with each featured image being more beautiful than the one before it. 1 As I perused the destinations, my attention was inexplicably drawn to Praslin Island, Seychelles. Northeast of Madagascar and East of Kenya in the Indian Ocean,…

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Iceland: Land of Contrasts

Iceland is a truly amazing country. I remember visiting this beautiful place many times over the years. Travelling with Icelandair, I’ve had numerous stopovers at the Keflavik International Airport where I always bought something from the souvenir shop, my favorite items being white pullovers with subdued streaks of colors. These pullovers are made from Icelandic sheep wool. Uncommon sheep The…

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Bulgarian Urtime

As I settle in Toronto, I’ve been reminiscing about the decade I spent in Bulgaria. I remember, especially in the beginning, that I wanted to return to the West. I didn’t speak the language and couldn’t understand why things moved so slowly. My first invitation was to a village feast or, “praznik.” I recall going…

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Cephalonia: The Indomitable

The island of Cephalonia (also known as Kefalonia), the largest of the Ionian islands, was recently rocked by an earthquake that was nearly a 6 on the Richter magnitude scale.  A few days prior to the earthquake, a fireball (or, meteorite depending on who you ask) fell between Cephalonia and neighboring Zante island lighting the…

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