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Oct022015

You can call me Reeshard

Funny how divergent events from life come together in memory during travel. In the pre-dawn hour before sunrise, laying in bed in Clermont-Ferrand, France, sleepy and in need of more sleep, my mind drifted to my first French language teacher in 8th grade. In junior high and high school French classes I cringed when teachers…

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Sep302015

Liberté and free nights in Paris

This is not a hotel review of InterContinental Le Grand Paris, although I begin this piece with information past and present about the hotel. My hotel review with photos will follow in a subsequent post. This piece is more about the social concepts of liberté, unité, égalité from my impressions as an American tourist wandering…

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Sep172015

Oslo Airport Never Odd or Even

Was it a car or a cat I saw? I could not be certain what I saw or heard as I walked through Oslo Airport. This is a place where words and sounds had fleeting meanings as I passed through empty space in terminal corridors. She whispered in my ears. There was no left ear…

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Feb252015

Get lost walking Amsterdam canals

I read in the KLM flight magazine that Rembrandt van Rijn made long walks around Amsterdam after his wife Saskia died in 1642. Rembrandt was in his mid-30s, financially successful as a distinguished artist for more than a decade with a recently purchased house in a fashionable neighborhood of Amsterdam during the city’s Golden Age.…

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Jun132014

FIFA World Cup Travel Memories

As an American, FIFA World Cup was never a much talked about event. The one year with hype in American media was 1994 World Cup hosted by the USA. Yet, as I watch Mexico and Cameroon play in the second match of the 2014 World Cup in Natal, Brazil, I realize that I have several…

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