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Quiet Corners in the West of Wales

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Even if you tour Europe, you’re probably not going to go here.” These were the words, spoken by my mother, that enticed me to take a break from my busy Los Angeles life to join my parents on a trip to Pembrokeshire and its coastal...

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Chasing Covered Bridges in Marion County

Covered bridges entered Oregon's Willamette Valley during the 19th century along with pioneers settling the Pacific Northwest. Over 400 of these wooden relics of a past time are estimated to have been raised, mostly from 1905 to 1925, but only 51 of these remain...

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Silversmithing in Breckenridge’s Arts District

When I think of Breckenridge, Colorado, I immediately think of skiing, so I wasn’t sure what to do when meeting a group of friends there during the off-season. Imagine my surprise to find myself trying my hand at silversmithing…transforming clay into a silver pendant!...

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The Ocher Valley of Sorrows – Colombia

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince The Tatacoa Desert, or the Valley of Sorrows, as it was called in...

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Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize, Caves and Superstition

My guide, Jose, looked around at me and put his finger to his lips, "Shh, can you feel the spirits?" I held my breath. Human skeletons and cracked pottery lay scattered on the ground. Obsidian blades that were once used to pierce the tongue and genitals sat near a...

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Swaziland becomes Eswatini!

During the exciting and colourful 50/50 celebrations in Swaziland last month, King Mswati III made an historic announcement that the country's name would change to 'The Kingdom of Eswatini'. Meaning “place of the Swati people”, Eswatini reverts to the siSwati language...

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The Long Walk to Freedom

A Walk Toward Freedom My Favorite Memory of South Africa They must have been 12, some older or younger, maybe 100 in all. They were kids in school uniforms, maroon sweaters with gold accents, whites shirts with gray slacks or dresses, coming up the driveway laughing...

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The Omphalos of Tuscany in Castelmuzio

Everyone tells me that they simply love touring Italy. I do too. The food, the wine, the undulating roads lined with emblematic cypress trees. Beginning with the Etruscans millennia ago up to today’s Republic, it's rich history and beauty have earned a place in my top...

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