The many levels of Colombia’s highlands
Journalists' Park and Bogota's hills

The many levels of Colombia’s highlands

Colombia is a land of plenty, one of the most biodiverse in the world, awash with rivers, filled with fertile lowland and highland areas -  in an overall area about 50% larger than Texas and…

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Street Art, Bogota
By Rodez, with tags and flaking paint, on Bogota's oldest building.

Street Art, Bogota

Bogota has a vibrant street art culture. It began decades ago as expressions of rebellion by the young along with distaste for civil war politics, the political corruption that impoverished many, and the pernicious drug…

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Music of the Starlit Night – Cali
Central church of Cali at night

Music of the Starlit Night – Cali

The stars peeked out from behind the soft clouds, just a few of the brightest overcoming the lights of the city. The wind was soft and refreshing in a perfect temperature for sitting on the…

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Kosovo: The Ties that Bind
Enjoying cafes at the Prizren riverside

Kosovo: The Ties that Bind

Kosovo is newly emerging as a country, the latest from the former Yugoslavia to be independent - barely so with the ongoing help of NATO and the US since the 1990s. There’s a lot of…

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Tracing Cross-Currents in Albanian Antiquities
Carved wood Orthodox iconostasis, Berat

Tracing Cross-Currents in Albanian Antiquities

In our post about Albanian history (click here to read), we noted all the cross-currents of culture affecting the country – from its Illyrian origins, through Greek and Roman control, the influence of Byzantine and…

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Albania Today: Beauty and the Beast
Albanian couple

Albania Today: Beauty and the Beast

So many people we meet, interested in going to Albania, are both curious and somewhat fearful about it. They imagine a third world country or extreme deprivation or some such horror because of Albania’s 40…

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Albania: Middle kingdom, dark descent
Honoring Partisan resister, Durres

Albania: Middle kingdom, dark descent

Albania’s history can read like a tale out of Tolkien’s Ring trilogy. It starts before the 4th century BC with the sophisticated tribes loosely known as the Illyrians. The land since then has been at…

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Slovenian Time Travel
Predjama Castle, Impregnable since 13th c.

Slovenian Time Travel

During our first five days in Slovenia, we time traveled through 50 Million years - from the karst caves still being shaped by their rivers, to a Neanderthal era musical instrument, to the remains of…

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Passing through Ljubljana
Town hall square with Cathedral, Ljubljana

Passing through Ljubljana

In prior years, we had circled around Ljubljana a few times on the highway while heading to other places, with only its hilltop castle visible from far off. When we finally headed into the city…

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