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BIG little ARMENIA

Armenia may be a little country. But it is really BIG on grit! It stretches like a tadpole from north to south. Not a friend, or an ocean, in sight. Neighbours double down to douse, snuff out, smother and choke it. It’s a marvel Armenia is still on the world map. Just take at look!…

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Armenia – “The Ground beneath their Feet”

Footprints criss-cross a country. “We bear witness to history”! Large and small, old and new, they are. This way and that, over and under each other, they go. Some stroll, some march, some stagger, some stomp. It always bewilders. But in Armenia, two sets of bold footprints claim us! One set belongs to Christianity and…

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Ruth’s Tail

We drop our roll-bags, expansion bags, tank-bags, helmets and jackets with heavy sighs. We are eager for three days and three nights of no-where and nothing, in a cabin on a ferry from Burgas, Bulgaria to Batumi, Georgia. Then, a dog barks! And our hearts leap. Oh, we miss our Potter and Oscar. We crave…

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Romania – A last few Photos

Here is a last little collection of photos from Romania ….

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Gypsies – “The Measure of a Smile”

Gypsies are Roma. But Roma are not from Romania. Roma or Gypsies leave north India in the early Middle Ages. They travel and settle throughout Europe. Here they adapt, and adopt local religions and languages. Gypsies are Europe’s largest minority group with 11 million people. They endure centuries of discrimination. It culminates in WW2 when…

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Transylvania – “Now you see it, now you don’t”

Transylvania evokes medieval villages, Saxon castles and Dracula!! Yes, it’s the mid 1200s and the world’s empires race to claim land. Present day Germany craves the land to its east; Transylvania. It’s magnificent, in the heart of Romania. Grand Carpathian Mountains shield a fertile valley on all sides. The peasants there are mild. And a…

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! Middle Earth !

  ! Middle Earth ! How did we miss it! Our first trip skirts around it. Our second goes under then over it. And our third slips away. How curious? We are. How curious! Middle Earth is. Turns out. Everything clatters here, in the Middle. First – Vikings, Saxons, Slavs, Romans, Arabs, Turks and Persians….

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If you meet the Buddha on the road …?

Our trip ploughs through a heap of world religions. On top of the ones we know. Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism! BEFORE OUR TRIP, I wonder, how will I emerge from this heap? My icy cold relationship with religion. Will it change? I have a head full of questions and a heart full of emotions….

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A last few Pics – Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

Here we sweep up a higgledy piggledy bunch of photos from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. A collection of ‘the little things’ we desperately don’t want to forget.                                                        …

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Power Shifts

I like to keep a tidy mind. But history is messy! In fact, history records stupefy! And day after day, my mind becomes messier and messier. And kilometre after kilometre I become dumber and dumber! What to do? The trick, I figure out, is too uncover just enough. Pick up the trend. And sweep out…

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