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AFAR Highlights that I've authored. It's an easy way to keep track of what I've written from my mobile phone.
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Japan, 〒111-0031 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Senzoku, 3 Chome−20−2 吉原神社
My wife and I were in Japan for her first visit, and we had resolved to stay in Japanese-style ryokans instead of Western-style hotels to save money as well as for the new experiences. Needless to say, before GPS, this resolution made it...
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Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya
December 2013: The tour operator described Kibera as a slum adjacent to the center of Nairobi and framed by a railroad line and the Ngong River. In roughly 1.5 square miles there are approximately one million people living there or one third of...
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Cresent Island, Kenya
December 31, 2013: When we got to Crescent Island, we marveled out how much it looked just like the movie _Out_of_Africa_. That's when our guide let us know that this site is actually where the movie was filmed. Animals were imported to the island...
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Tikal, Guatemala
My wife and I stayed in El Remate the night before in order to get a very early start to see the sunrise over the ruins of Tikal. The mood of the place changed continuously and dramatically as the sun trekked upward in the sky.
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Interior Of Finca Filadelfia, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
I'm not really a coffee drinker although I've always thought it would be cool to be one. On the rare occasion I order coffee, I usually put so much milk and sugar in it, I might as well just order hot chocolate because that's what I really want...
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Nahuala, Guatemala
August 2010 In 2008, we visited our friends who were newly stationed in Guatemala. On that trip, we had a wonderful time in Antigua Guatemala and Tikal, the primary tourist destinations of the country. At times, accommodations were minimal by our...
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Panajachel, Guatemala
August 2010: It’s 6:00 am at Panajachel’s west dock. I was waiting for the water taxi to bring me to the other side of Lake Atitlan in order to hike up Volcán San Pedro (9,900 ft) before noon. My thoughts were that the strenuous hike would be the...
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1000 John Rogers Dr, Birmingham, AL 35235, USA
We adopted two greyhounds. The rescue agency arranged a field trip to the track where one of our greyhounds raced to give us an idea what her life was like while racing. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but when you get to the track and see these...
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Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, UK
This iconic landmark in London is popular for a reason...it's breathtaking! Did you know that Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the tower, not the clock? While you are there, check out the Houses of Parliament (if they are in session)....
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Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
This former royal palace is one of the largest museums in the world, and its art collection is considered one of the most comprehensive. It contains around 400,000 works, although—mercifully, perhaps—not all are on display at any one...
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1636 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Living in Los Angeles means that when you have to go on the other side of town, it starts to feel like a roadtrip (if you are not pressed for time). So, anytime I have to leave the Santa Monica Beach and head to Silver Lake, I always stop at LA...
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Pleasant Green Hill, Lexington, KY 40508, USA
To get to many of these places highlighted by AFAR, one needs to fly. I'm never sure whether to take the aisle seat or the window seat, but here is a reminder on why to take the latter
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Without a doubt Versailles is the most luxurious palace in Europe, built to astound visitors and impress the king's subjects into awed submission with crystal chandeliers, gilt, and fine art. This opulent monument is also attractive...
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Herzog and deMeuron ignore the economics of parking lots in favor of high-ceilinged drama. Park your car or have a party.
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Miami Beach, FL, USA
At night, this interactive sculpture attracts curious people to it like moths to a flame with its blue glow.