Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: VANCOUVER

Beach, palms, Caribbean? Nope. Vancouver, Canada. That’s right. I said palms in Canada. Storied Vancouver was the third of my three major city stops on my summer 2017 journey through the Pacific Northwest. Known for is diversity, positive spirit, and natural beauty, the city of Vancouver, British Columbia didn’t disappoint on any front.  Through its people,…
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My China Book Revised, Re-released…and Free This Sunday

About a year ago, I finished a book about my travels and insights while living in China in 2010-2011. I held two book release events in Bemidji and Minneapolis. (I almost had to cancel the Minneapolis one, because as you recall, last winter was brutal.) But people came out on this below-zero January afternoon, and we had a…
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2014: The Stories And Moments Of Our Year

2014 Or as it was known to the Armenians: 1463 Or to the Berbers in Northern Africa: 2964 The Korean calendar had it at 4347. The Hebrew calendar split between 5774 and 5775. The Shaku Samvat Hindu calendar puts us back in the “30s”: 1936-1937 Meanwhile the Ethiopians considered the year 2006-2007. Despite global use…
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Safari II: Big Mammals Ready For Their Close Up

Wild dogs in the brush, a croc in the river, and some elephants and giraffes in the hilly distance. Not a bad way to start our day. And it was just a start. Three other volunteer teachers (two young women from Oregon and another  from Austria) accompanied me on a day-long safari in June, the…
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Let’s Go Safari!

You knew this post was coming. Probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Africa (or at least African tourism) is a safari. But while we all have a good idea of what these excursions are like, I think you’ll be surprised (as was I) seeing what a safari is actually like.…
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Portraits Of Tanzanian Villagers

In Tanzania, there’s more to camera & firearm comparisons than the verb used to describe using them and the fact that I wear mine on my belt. Here, people react to a photographer by putting their arms and hands in front of their face in a blocking maneuver. Some turn away or use the nearby…
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The Results Are In And These Are The Pictures I Submitted To The National Geographic Photo Contest

125 votes may not be enough to decide the president, but it’s good enough to help me decide which pictures to submit to the annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Based on readers’ suggestions on last week’s blog‘s comments and also on my Facebook profile–results charted below–I decided to splurge and send in three entries.…
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Urban Africa: Arrival To Iringa City Center

Our stuffed bus pulls up to the Iringa city bus station. Waiting men greet our arrival, so eager to take you for a ride in their taxi that some even hop aboard before anyone has a chance to get off. “Dodoma!”, “Dar es Salaam!”, “Mbeya!” the different men state loudly hoping someone is headed to…
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My Tanzanian Village School (part One)

The following is a description of my first day at my village school along with photographs gathered throughout my time here thus far. *** On Monday morning, January 27, 2014, I woke up in my concrete-wall room at around 7:00. I lifted up the fine mesh mosquito net tucked into my mattress and got up…
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Awe Candy

Sometimes we come across sights that get us to stop and appreciate what we are looking at. We call these eye candy. Then there are views that stop our movement, yet take us someplace new. Alan Taylor at The Atlantic sifted through this year’s submissions to National Geographic’s annual photo contest and came up with…
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