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In January I had the great pleasure to travel with my brother Tim and with two new friends from Italy, Ester and Giulio. We hired a vehicle to travel from Gonder to Axum through the Simien Mountains. The 350 kilometer journey took the better part of a day. Or, I should say, it was a great part of that day.


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Seeing this statue making tribute to the exploits of Alexander the Great made me think: there has always been a weapons race. I knew that, but the length of these spears showed clearly that a guy with only a sword would have a hard time getting close enough to use it.

Thus, there might be four guys with swords, but two guys with spears would give them a run.

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Had a chance to see some of these places shaped by years of conflict and war. If you wanted you and your family, friends and townsfolk to stay alive, then you fortified your place. No wall, no life.

Rooms With a View

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While we're on the idea of traveling, I'm thinking it might be helpful to explain the process of travel by showing you some of the places I've stayed. And more importantly, the view from the window.

This is what I see from the window of my place today in Sighisoara, Romania. And what follows is a series of photos and thoughts about some of the rooms that were my home from time to time to time.


In the Carpathians

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Me too. I never knew what the Carpathians were or are. Turns out the Carpathians are a mountain range poised majestically in the west part of Romania. And the royal family of Romania chose these mountains for their summer residence. But they had to build a palace suitable for their well-financed tastes. So this is what they built.

It's really not bad for just a summer residence. Considering their main palace was in Bucharest. But for a summer in the woods, it must have done quite well (and cost a fortune). I went there today and this is what I saw.

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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.