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Rohan the Irish Wolfhound - The Adventure Begins (Picking Up Our New Puppy)

December 14, 2020 - It's hard to believe, but I'm now the owner of an Irish Wolfhound puppy. The sale and adoption of dogs has spiked along...
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Adventures in Kenya (Part 6 of 6): Racism, Africa Style

June 10, 2019 - “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shal...
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Adventures in Kenya (Part 5 of 6): Visiting the Hot Zone of Kitum Cave

June 03, 2019 - "Gene felt a prickling sensation on his scalp. The paths of Charles Monet and Peter Cardinal had crossed at only one pla...
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Adventures in Kenya (Part 4 of 6): The Mzungu Has Arrived

May 27, 2019 - Mark standing next to a termite mound near Turkwel Gorge Dam, Kenya, March 3, 1996 “Nothing in the world is more da...
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Adventures in Kenya (Part 3 of 6): "Photos Take Away Your Soul"

May 20, 2019 - The bleeding myth that I shared in my previous post was one of many misconceptions that the local population had about w...
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Adventures in Kenya (Part 2 of 6): Wear Thick Socks

May 13, 2019 - In my last post I shared with you the surreal experience of having a long line of schoolchildren waiting to shake my han...
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Adventures in Rural Kenya (Part 1 of 6): "Touch me. I won't bleed."

May 06, 2019 - A line of young children waited outside of the doorway of a mud hut with a thatched roof. With bare feet, dirty clothes,...
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Very Early Retirement

April 29, 2019 - “Not all those who wander are lost.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien I’m a big fan of early retirement, just not in the normal way...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days with a 10-year-old (Day 10): Bastia, Corsica

January 05, 2016 - Today's destination is Bastia. Bastia is a city located in the northeastern part of the French island of Corsica. With a...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days with a 10-year-old (Day 9): Aix-en-Provence to Corsica

January 04, 2016 - Last night we made the drive from La Cadiere et Cambo to Aix-en-Provence and checked into our hotel - a fancy 5-star hot...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year-old (Day 8): Argelès to La Cadière-et-Cambo

January 03, 2016 - We woke up early at the L'Hostalet bed and breakfast in Argelès-sur-Mer and had breakfast before the other guests arrive...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year-old (Day 7): Mallorca - Argelès-sur-Mer

January 02, 2016 - We had yet another early morning so that we could eat breakfast at our the hotel before making our way to the Mallorca a...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year-old (Day 6): Andorra - Mallorca

January 01, 2016 - It was New Year's Day and my son and I were up early... early enough to catch people in the elevator who were still on a...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year-old (Day 5): New Year's Eve in Andorra

December 31, 2015 - It was New Year's Eve and after enjoying breakfast at our hotel in Royan, France, it was time to hit the road. Our desti...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year-old (Day 4): St. Malo - Royan, France

December 30, 2015 - After a decent night of sleep (finally getting over jet lag) in St. Malo, followed by a big breakfast, we were ready to...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year-old (Day 3): Namur - St. Malo - Jersey

December 29, 2015 - My son and I both woke up in our hotel room feeling tired thanks to a combination of travel and jet lag. But there was n...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year-old (Day 2): Frankfurt - LUX - Namur, Belgium

December 28, 2015 - Our plane touched down in Frankfurt, Germany at 11:50am and it felt great to walk after so much sitting the past two day...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year-old, and enjoy it! (Day 1): Texas

December 27, 2015 - After about 5 ½ hours of sleep, the unwelcome sound of my alarm went off in our Sonora, Texas hotel room. No time for al...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year old, and enjoy it! (Day 0): A Blizzard

December 26, 2015 - We've all heard the famous quote from Chapter 64 of the Tao Te Ching that "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a s...
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How to visit 15 countries in 20 days, with a 10-year-old, and enjoy it! (Introduction)

December 24, 2015 - In the winter of 2015, I decided to take advantage of the discounts that were available for traveling with a "child" (wh...
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Crossing Into Togo - The Difference a Line in the Sand Can Make (August 2012)

August 11, 2012 - I couldn't resist the temptation of trying to cross the border into Togo. My friend Paul (after just finishing a Peace C...
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Ghana Part 3 - The Streets and Markets of Ghana

August 08, 2012 - Typical scenes while driving from Accra to the Gold Coast (Videos) While there are plenty of bustling markets and busy...
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Ghana Part 2 - Slave Castles, Canopy Walkways, and a President's Funeral

August 08, 2012 - Red and Black President John Evans Atta Mills died just before I arrived in Accra. The people of Ghana were in mourning...
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Djembe Drumming in Ghana

August 07, 2012 - In August 2012, I took a trip to Ghana for fun. Why? Five reasons. 1) I had never been to West Africa 2) I had hea...
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