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Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Remembering the Armenian Genocide

When I first arrived in Armenia just over three years ago, I wasn’t familiar with the Armenian genocide. To be honest, I’m not sure I had ever even heard those words together. I was enamored with my Western Civilization class in high school but we got so far behind that we probably covered all of the 20th century in about a week. I am fairly certain we never learned about the Ottoman Turks attempting to exterminate the entire Armenian...

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Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

I visited the newly opened 9/11 Memorial and Museum back in September but struggled to really write about it at that time. It was a surreal experience for several reasons, although surreal doesn’t really seem like the right word. For starters, it was the first time I had ever visited a memorial to something that happened in my lifetime. In all my years of traveling, I have been to my fair share of memorials but most have commemorated wars...

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Random Thoughts While Walking Around San Francisco

Random Thoughts While Walking Around San Francisco

I spent a lot of time waking around San Francisco during my three day visit. I walked from my hotel down Post Street to the Embarcadero. I walked along the Embarcadero all the way around to Fisherman’s Wharf and beyond. I walked (climbed) up Hyde Street to the top of Lombard Street and then all the way down Lombard Street (on the non-crooked side) and over to the Palace of Fine Arts. And then I walked over to Crissy Field and followed a...

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My Weekend in San Francisco

My Weekend in San Francisco

I stepped into the bright daylight from the Powell Street BART Station, feeling a bit silly carrying my powder blue puffy coat over my arm. The sun was shining and the temperature was close to 70 in San Francisco, a far cry from the recent snow showers I left in Chicago. It was the last Friday of February and I was finally checking San Francisco off my list with a three day visit. I arrived around noon on Friday and soon made my way...

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My Scariest Travel Experiences

My Scariest Travel Experiences

According to many people out there, the world is a really scary place. And it’s so scary for women that we would just be better served to stay at home, let alone travel anywhere on our own. And actually, according to this article, a lot of places are really scary for Americans too – including Georgia and Kazakhstan, two of the friendliest and most welcoming countries I have ever visited. Sigh. So I got to thinking – in all my...

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Where I’m Going in 2015

Where I’m Going in 2015

  It is almost overwhelming how my travel plans are shaping up for this year. It is still only February and I have already been to Washington, D.C., San Diego and Los Angeles in 2015 – and I’m heading to San Francisco this weekend. I spent the first weekend in January in D.C. to speak at a conference for work, but I also was able to attend a college basketball game in Maryland and meet up with some old law school friends while I was...

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Why Working 9-to-5 Doesn’t Have to Suck

Why Working 9-to-5 Doesn’t Have to Suck

I recently celebrated my two year anniversary at my current job. I posted on Facebook how I recalled feeling disappointed when I initially accepted the job offer at the end of my career break. Not only was I going back into the same field I left, but I was taking a job whose description was almost identical to the one I quit in 2011. I had higher hopes back then. I wanted to use my career break to transition to a new, more...

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How Traveling in Central Asia Prepared Me for West Africa

How Traveling in Central Asia Prepared Me for West Africa

If you’ve been following along for a while, you may recall I was a bit nervous for my trip to Mali and Burkina Faso in West Africa in November. Not only had I never previously traveled to sub-Saharan Africa, but I was visiting Mali in the midst of an Ebola outbreak and Burkina Faso just after a military coup. Add in that I didn’t speak the language and I had pre-trip jitters in a big way. Of course, in the end, everything went far better...

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The Abandoned Troglodyte Village of Niansogoni

The Abandoned Troglodyte Village of Niansogoni

I will freely admit that I really had no idea where I was going as I sat in the front seat of the car driving along a bumpy, pothole filled “road” leading miles away from Banfora and all other signs of modern civilization. I had spent the morning enjoying the sunrise over Lake Tengrela, looking for hippos from a rickety canoe and then climbing around the relatively famous Sindou Peaks – all before lunch. Our next stop was the village of...

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Hippo Spotting at Sunrise on Lake Tengrela

Hippo Spotting at Sunrise on Lake Tengrela

It was still dark out when Ibrahim met me at my hotel in Banfora. An early start was crucial in order to be at nearby Lake Tengrela both for the sunrise and to catch a glimpse of some hippopotamuses (hippopotami??). The lake is just a short drive outside of Banfora, off the asphalt road and a few minutes along a dirt road. It is known for its hippos and locals believe that they do not attack people because they are sacred (unlike these...

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