Chernobyl, Travel

Lessons from ChernobylFeatured

Deep in the Ukrainian countryside, down a long, straight road in the forest, lays the dark story of a horrific accident that shook the world. Everybody’s heard of it, but after reactor number 4 exploded, the people of Pripyat pushed…

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Kiev, Travel

Living in Kiev: My first 3 months of observations….Featured

Standing in the geographic center of Europe is a city straddling the left and the right banks of the wide Dnipro River: Kiev. It was once the capital of the Slavic world and the nerve center for the greater Kievan Rus Empire. In 2017 the power that shapes Ukraine comes not only from itself, but also from more powerful capital cities in Russia, the US, and Europe.

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Colombia, Travel

The magic of Colombia in 2016Featured

Nestled in the mountains of South America is a breathtaking land widely known for its struggles with cocaine, drug cartels, and violence: Colombia. Not long ago, the narcos controlled the cities, towns, and emotions of the people. Cocaine—the white gold—inflicts…

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Iran, Travel

Women in IranFeatured

Understanding women is complicated enough for men. Add Islam, the hijab (head scarf), chador (full cover), and a society in flux—and out comes a kaleidoscope of confusion. This is an insanely complex topic in a paradoxical country, and I’m definitely…

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Iran, Travel

Safety in IranFeatured

As an American, most of us grew up with the concept of this great guy called Santa Claus. Santa was awesome because he got us excited and brought us gifts once a year. Roughly around the age of 8-10 or…

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Iran, Travel

Iran, the first 24 hoursFeatured

When entering a country for the first time there is usually a window—say 24 hours—when you become a child again. Not in the sense that you cry and want your toys, but in the way that your senses are turned…

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