Around Luanda

Living in the United States, I never imagined living in Africa, yet here I am at the tail end of year three. When I’d imagined a life abroad, like most Americans, I suppose, I imagined European destinations. There was always something in the back of my mind, a sense of the unknown, that made the rest of the world, but especially Africa, destinations of lesser … Continue reading Around Luanda

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Ypres and the Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields During the First World War, Belgium suffered greatly, as much of its countryside became an entrenched battlefield. Hundreds of thousands of men lost their lives in what became a hopeless deadlock that dragged on and on. Each side became mired in their own muddy trenches and men slowly went mad. Tales of the trenches are horrific. New and more efficient methods of … Continue reading Ypres and the Flanders Fields

Jerónimos Monastery, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and Belém Tower

West of downtown Lisbon, along the shores of the famed Tagus River, in an area of town called Belém, lies even more wonderment. Three sites in particular bear witnessing, all three of which are mentioned briefly in this video by UNESCO. Jerónimos Monastery Followers of of Saint Jerome, known as Hieronymites, himself an ardent follower of Saint Augustine of Hippo (a Punic Amazigh (Berber), I might … Continue reading Jerónimos Monastery, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and Belém Tower

Al Hoceima

Sometimes, after roughing it in the desert, a guy just needs to get away and be spoiled. What better way to do that than cheaply, during off-season at a almost empty, but swanky hotel? Especially, when the weather has been unseasonably warm and lovely. When I checked in to the Mercure Hotel in Al Hoceima. I was the only tenant in the entire hotel. In fact, … Continue reading Al Hoceima

The End of the World

We recently traveled to the end of the world, or at least that’s what it might have felt like 500 years ago, and truth be told it felt a bit like that. Our recent travels in Portugal took us to Sagres, the most southeastern point in Europe and, strangely enough, the title of a song by The Tallest Man on Earth. The peninsula is historically strategic … Continue reading The End of the World

Bulgarian Changing of the Guard

After the amazing chance encounter with the Greek soldiers demonstrating changing of the guard, I was excited to see if we could watch the Bulgarian changing of the guard. At the beginning of the video, the soldiers are coming out to change the guard. Their long stomping strides reminded me of toy soldiers with a hint of ballet technique. After changing the guard, the troop … Continue reading Bulgarian Changing of the Guard

Greek Changing of the Guard

Update: It turns out that what I observed was the Greek changing of the guard as happens at other governmental buildings. Soldiers, dressed in classic uniforms change station and some are positioned at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. As I was wandering around Athens yesterday, I noticed a strong military presence down one of the streets. There were riot control buses and many heavily … Continue reading Greek Changing of the Guard