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The King’s Hotel

Our last stay in Bhutan took place at a spectacular hotel just outside of Paro, the capital city. We arrived, tired from our travels, to a truly luxury hotel. We were scheduled to climb to the Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Temple on our last day in Bhutan; this hotel would also be the site of our [...]

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Woodstoves and WiFi

This phrase was used by some fellow travelers to describe Bhutan, the odd clash of old culture vs. modernization evident across the country. Indeed, we stayed at one hotel in Bumthang where our only heat source was a wood stove in our room that we were expected to stoke and light ourselves. I could only [...]

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Infrastructure in Bhutan

The infrastructure of roads and facilities is the biggest challenge to the growth of the tourist economy in Bhutan. Airports are limited and I learned that Druk (Dragon) Air only owns two planes. Only Druk air pilots are allowed to fly in and out of the main airport in Paro. There is a reason for [...]

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Gross National Happiness

One thing we learned about in Bhutan was the concept of ‘Gross National Happiness’ vs. Gross National Product.
The term “Gross National Happiness” was coined in 1972 by Bhutan’s King at that time, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. This King brought Bhutan from a state still operating like a feudal society into the age of modernization. He used [...]

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Polish Milk Bars

As a child, I remember my Finnish grandfather taking me to a Finnish milk bar in Detroit. Perhaps there really were such things back in the 1950s. For me, it was the first time I heard my grandfather speaking another language — he spoke Finnish to the barmaid. I can imagine that I had a [...]

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Warsaw Rising

You may be surprised to learn that Poland gave birth to Europe’s largest resistance movement. During July 1944, the Red Army had reached the banks of the Wisla and panicked German leaders ordered the evacuation of German civilians from Warsaw. Sensitive papers were torched and lost. All the signs suggested that liberation was but days [...]

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My Night in a Polish Castle

As you can probably imagine, once you are out of the main towns and cities in Poland, accommodations for the night can become a problem. We had been out in the country looking up my family in a small town named Osiek, and there were very few choices of hotels for the night. Certainly nothing [...]

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The Gypsy Museum in Tarnow

One of the planned destinations for my trip through Poland was to visit the Gypsy Museum in Tarnow. Tarnow is located in the south of Poland, just east of Krakow by approximately 100 kilometers. It is a smaller town than Krakow, but quite a charming place, with its own ‘market square’ and middle Europe architecture.
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Poland’s Sad History

During a visit to Poland, one cannot help but be reminded of the sad history surrounding Poland during WWII. First of all, Warsaw was close to completely destroyed after the war. It is not a particularly beautiful city now, but efforts to reconstruct the Old Town and the old architecture along the city streets are [...]

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Kapliczkas

Kapliczka. Pronounced “kah-pleech-ka”. I became fascinated with these roadside shrines in Poland. As we drove through the country, we saw kapliczkas everywhere although I would probably say they were more prevalent on the country roads than in village centers or towns. Sometimes they were even located on family properties.
These Polish shrines began as small cult [...]

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