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(This story is waiting for more photos and fixes on techno glitches–the rumours are that the Russians hacked in. Until the fix, this story lacks content…)

This is a city with urban life writ large–more than 15 million people with a grand history of opulence and wealth (for those who had money) and a darker history of poverty and oppression (for those who had no money).

The City of Buenos Aires thrived when beef and grain exports topped the charts in the later 1800’s. That opulence continued for decades, which these photos of the streets show–ornate and powerful buildings showing Buenos Aires an equal to the cities of Europe. At least until both headed into the 1930’s, tumultuous times for all.

Then there were many economic and political struggles in the middle of the 20th century (with Juan and Eva Peron being the most symbolic example of that). So what we have now on the streets of Buenos Aires is a mix of the old opulence and a noble effort to get by with little and lessening. Still, there is hope and happiness among the tombs of a city with a mighty past.


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First you fly into a grassy airport, then you ride a boat to, well, a far end of this beautiful green planet

Then you can hang out in this place–Uepi Island–right beside the world’s largest ocean lagoon…


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Underwater is always strange.

If you’re a fish, then that is not correct. (Even though you, as a fish, are always stressed about a bigger fish eating you).

But if you’re human, and since you’re reading this, I’m assuming you are, then underwater is a strange place you can go. This is a story about the great people who can take you there: looking up at your air bubbles floating up 100 feet; watching a turtle float through the sea; or perhaps seeing, for the first time, how many, many lives are lived on a coral reef.

So, here we go…..


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This is spectacle which too few people get to see. Fortunately, they say there’s lots of animals enjoying the place…


Tulagi Island

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This little gem in the Solomon Islands sits in a beautiful and historic part of our emerald world. But best of all, Tulagi’s people are very friendly–in spite of the Great War that raged around them 75 years ago.


Honiara, Guadalcanal

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Just dropped into the Solomon Islands and can say the infrastructure is pretty rough. But surrounding this rough, small city (approx. 80,000) are short, jungle-covered mountains. So, with just a short time to post, let’s take a look….

These two photos show the contrast of the two worlds–city and not-city.










About This Place…

"This website is dedicated to the many people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have suffered and died."

 

The writer was a journalist, prosecutor, and Canadian soldier who is now trying to help the people who live in the DR Congo.

 

The photographs and the commentary here are solely those of the writer and his pet dog named "Bark." The United Nations and MONUSCO have nothing to do with this website.

Similarly, the township of Puskokum in eastern Tennessee is equally not interested.