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Exploring Durango and Southwest Colorado

Location: La Plate County, Durango, Colorado, USA Population: 19,413 Notable Landmarks: Mesa Verde National Park, San Juan Mountain Range

Exploring Early Ireland: St. Patrick And The Celts

“It is not those who can inflict the most, but those that can suffer the most who will conquer.” – Terrence MacSwiney (IRA Hunger Striker) Thousands of years before the Irish War of Independence and the Government of Ireland Act, Ireland existed as a land that knew nothing of Protestantism or Catholics. There was no … Continue reading Exploring Early Ireland: St. Patrick And The Celts

Ten Interesting Facts About The Euro €

The Euro is an intriguing currency and is the world's second largest reserve currency behind the $US Dollar. It is a clear sign of European Identity and has made it easier, cheaper and safer for businesses to buy and sell within the euro area and to trade with the rest of the world. Beyond a … Continue reading Ten Interesting Facts About The Euro €

Yunnan Dreams, Part 2: Dali

"Why the hell did I eat that?” I thought aloud, while my stomach vibrated and my elbows laid squeezed between the arms of fellow passengers on a train from Lijiang to Dali. I kept my legs and feet hunched under the seat as there was no leg room in this extremely crowded and cramped train … Continue reading Yunnan Dreams, Part 2: Dali

Analyzing Russia’s Ruble

These are dark days for the native currency of the Russian Federation (RUB). With Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and retaliatory sanctions employed by nations across the world, the ruble has lost over 40% of its value. The US and its allies have banned Russian oil imports, revoked the country's favored trade status and cut … Continue reading Analyzing Russia’s Ruble

Mt Rainier: Climbing The Big One

Making the decision to climb Mt Rainier is a serious undertaking that requires honest consideration and elaborate planning. It is difficult for climbers who have climbed (hiked) other peaks in the lower forty eight states to grasp the magnitude and scope of Mt. Rainier's terrain. Mt Rainier, standing at 14,411, is the most heavily glaciated … Continue reading Mt Rainier: Climbing The Big One

Trekking Through China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge

Overlooking Naxi Villages and Rice Terraces in The Tiger Leaping Gorge It was late August of 2017 and I had spent the last couple days wandering around the culturally vibrant city of Lijiang in China's northern Yunnan province. Resting in the foothills of the Himalaya, Lijiang is the ethnic home to Naxi people who have … Continue reading Trekking Through China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge

Dingle, Ireland; The Last Port of Call…

The Dingle Peninsula, reaching out of the northwest side of County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland, is one of the most rugged, majestic and ancient places in all of the North Atlantic. The Peninsula is home to over 2000 identified archeological sites, dating all the way to the Mesolithic era; 4000 BC and before. … Continue reading Dingle, Ireland; The Last Port of Call…

Luang Prabang; Explorer Shot

Luang Prabang in north central Laos is an ancient town resting on the Banks of iconic rivers; The Mekong and Nam Khan. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and a location where western colonial and traditional Lao Buddhist influences combine to form a truly historic and culturally unique city in Southeast Asia. French Colonial … Continue reading Luang Prabang; Explorer Shot