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Nature & the Environment

Careful: Don’t be Ivory Toast

....on the Ivory coast. No surprise here. Crocodiles pull in the crowds. But don't let them pull you in, too, literally, as delicious as you think you look. Everyone loves a show, so please meet Félix Houphouët-Boigny, affectionately called Papa Houphouët or Le Vieux, (1905–1993) was a prominent Ivorian politician…

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Santa Laura Saltpeter

Off we go again today, searching for - and delivering - another reason to visit our site regularly. So, as lovely and as unforgettable as they are, how many times can you visit Venice or Paris? Or, perhaps better said, how many times do you think you might want to skip Venice or…

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Sandoy Joy

Life's simple pleasures are the best, especially when Mother Nature puts hurdles in your way and you find a way around it. In this post, the hurdle was rather huge: millions of years of rock and water, all part of living in Sandoy, the first of the five southern islands that make up…

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Getting a little personal. . .

We recently stumbled upon this video from ohAFRO and were rather taken aback. Firstly, the title is rather, shall we say, straightforward. Nothing wrong with that, we guess. But we still thought it was a wee bit brazen. Nonetheless, the channel posted it on YouTube, so they must know what they're…

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Stone Botherings

In this post, we focus on Europe and more specifically, the UK. We write about these places a lot simply because the UK and Europe are top travel locations. (For reference here, England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom, UK.) It shares land borders with Wales to…

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Beached Rails in Latvia

Yes, it probably seems like an odd title for a post, because we, too, wondered about how many beaches there are in Riga. From our fuzzy memories, we seem to recall Riga as being landlocked and in some ways, forlorn and forgotten. But, as you'll - and as we discovered, Latvia offers way…

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Panama Banal?

Hardly! And, so, here's another post for those with palpable wanderlust. Are you the type? Do you long to see everywhere on the planet before you shuffle off this mortal coil? Do you have no problems with wandering through the weeds or the woods to find yourself in nowhere, so to speak?…

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Senegal – Solving tomorrow’s problems?

As of this writing, it's January 30, 2024, the planet is still on fire. We humans are not getting it. It's not like we don't know what's happening, or why, or how to fix it. According to NOAA's 2023 Annual Climate Report the combined land and ocean temperature has increased at an…

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A mash made in heaven: potato hotel

Who doesn't love potatoes? They're a staple everywhere. They're good for you, plentiful and come in any number of styles and varieties. We love 'em. The National Potato Council (USA) tracks this and while it lags behind a year or two, you can easily follow the per capita potato consumption (currently at 117 pounds…

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Mexican-do!

We write a lot about Mexico, because it has a lot to offer, of course. Sun, sea, food, lovely people and it's a holiday bargain. The country is probably more diverse than you remember and, as you jaunt from city to city, you can see how Mexico is a fascinating patchwork of interconnected…

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We go for Uyghur

Every so often, we hear of groups of people that fall outside of "traditional" society. Sometimes they are expelled from that society, or sometimes they simply leave. There are many, though, who find their place and thrive. One example of this are the Uyghurs. According to Wikipedia, the Uyghurs, alternatively spelled…

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Light rail in Seattle: a sounder solution

Like a flock of sparrows in the afternoon sun, it's so satisfying to see when the sparrows (in this case humans) find a way to fly together. And, as we say until we're blue in the face, one of the best ways to do that is to save the planet in any ways that…

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