Saturday, April 29, 2017

Around the World in Thirty Days: Y


Y Is for Yemen

Location:  Southwestern Asia
Capitol:  Sana'a or Aden
Largest City:  Sana'a

Places:
Al Saleh Mosque - Sana'a
Ghumdan Palace
Great Mosque of Sana'a
Marib Dam
Sana'a
Shibam

People:
Amat Al Alim Alsoswa

Reem Al Nunery
Shaher Abduhak
Tawakkol Karman

One more for the road:




Friday, April 28, 2017

A to Z Challenge: Bookish Thoughts: T


T Is for Translation

Obviously, the U.S. is a huge country with a lot of people.  So there are plenty of good writers, and good books to read.  Sometimes, however, there are good books being written by foreigners.  Sometimes, these foreigners write in a language other than English.  My distaste for translated poetry does not extend to other forms of literature.

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A to Z Challenge: Bookish Thoughts: S


S Is for Sci-Fi / Fantasy

I've never been into science or sci-fi.  Always preferred my own planet to other planets or outer space.  Reading about exciting new worlds can be fun, but not so much when the book is 400 pages and / or it's part of a series.  Throw in a lot of technical jargon and you've lost me.  Fantasy is included here, because sometimes the line is blurred and other times the same complaints apply.  That being said, there are a few that rise above.

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Around the World in Thirty Days: X


X Is for Burkina Faso (the least literate country in the world)

Location:  Western Africa
Capitol:  Ouagadougou
Largest City:  Ouagadougou

Places:
Memorial to the Martyrs - Ouagadougou
Mosque
Mosque - Bobo Dioulasso
Cathedral - Ouagadougou

People:
Idrissa Ouedraogo
Jacky Ido

One more for the road:
Le Grand Marche - Ouagadougou




Thursday, April 27, 2017

Around the World in Thirty Days: W


W Is for West Germany

Location:  The Past (also, Central Europe)
Capitol:  Bonn
Largest City:  West Berlin

Places:
Berlin
Brandenburg Gate
Cologne
Heidelberg
Neuschwanstein Castle
Rhine River

People:
Boris Becker
Steffi Graf
Heidi Klum
Claudia Schiffer
Uschi Obermaier

One more for the ladies:




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Around the World in Thirty Days: V


V Is for Venezuela

Location:  Northern South America
Capitol:  Caracas
Largest City:  Caracas

Places:
Angel Falls
Canaima National Park
National Pantheon

People:
Simon Bolivar
Hugo Chavez
Juan Jose Flores
Maria Conchita Alonso

One more for the road:
Che Guevara - Caracas