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We usually try to keep away from politics in our blogs and focus on the people we meet and the sights we see.  In Chile this time, however, politics are so intertwined with the people and the sights, we cannot avoid commenting on what we saw. On our first trip in 2015, we saw a country recovering from its horrible dictatorship era.  They had not forgotten what they suffered (a big topic in their cinema and literature), and the country...

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Our (Truncated) Trip to Chile

Our (Truncated) Trip to Chile


Posted By on Mar 23, 2020

We have been to Chile twice before and enjoy the country and its people immensely.  Each previous short trip did not give us enough time to visit all of this beautiful country, so we planned a long three-week trip in March 2020. We intended to shop in Santiago and Valparaiso and then head south to Chiloe Island for some whale watching, followed by a six-day cruise down to the far south to a recently established blue whale sanctuary....

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The World Nomad Games!  What?

The World Nomad Games! What?


Posted By on Nov 30, 2018

Fred was leading a delegation to Uzbekistan in August this year when he learned of the World Nomad Games taking place the following week in next-door Kyrgyzstan. Sharon had lived in Kyrgyzstan for two years back in the 1990’s, with Fred as a frequent visitor.  Both fell in love with this small, poor, mountainous country with more horses that people.  It was an easy decision to add a week to his trip to take in those games...

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What has happened to Uzbekistan?  Recent headlines note it is “one of the 12 happiest places in the world”.  Lonely Planet lists it as one of the three “must see” destinations of 2018.  Another notes it is “one of the ten safest places to travel”. Fred recently traveled to Uzbekistan with a small Seattle/Tashkent Sister-City delegation celebrating the 45th anniversary of the oldest sister-city...

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