Category Archives: international travel

U.S., to Russians seeking to visit: NYET!

Reuters reports that the U.S. government is making it much harder for Russians to visit the United States. “Capacity for interviews in the future will be greatly reduced because we have had to greatly reduce our staffing levels to comply … Continue reading

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Just asking: Why pick on Cuba but support China?

I’m not going to make this a detailed or well-researched blog post. Rather, I’m asking a question in hopes of getting a conversation started: The Trump administration is rolling back efforts made by President Obama to open more doors between … Continue reading

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If you leave, you want to remain; if you stay, you want to go

I’ve been fortunate to live in six states, including on both coasts, in the Midwest and in the southwest. And I’ve found one constant everywhere I’ve called home: People who have lived in multiple places — and especially if they’ve been … Continue reading

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Dislike the Kremlin, if you wish, but do NOT feel the same about the Russian people

Several years ago, I was supposed to visit Russia. I never made it. I mistakenly thought my request for a visa prepared by Moscow State University was the actual visa I needed to enter the country. An airline official in … Continue reading

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Turkey, to citizenry: Be careful if you are in or traveling to the US

Reuters has the story. “Within the context of risks caused by the incidents and of social tension, our citizens who live in the U.S., or who are considering traveling there, should be cautious,” the ministry said in a statement.

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Traveling abroad? Need to know the language? Yup, there is an app for that.

The New York Times suggests the days of carrying around bulky phrase books and dictionaries as you tried to communicate in another language are gone. Now, you need just a smartphone. You’re going on vacation to a place where you … Continue reading

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My favorite photos from 2014

I never will earn the title photographer, but I am a picture-taker :-). Enjoy some of my favorite photos from the year gone by:

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