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Peaceful Iraq Egypt Revisited

Time to tackle country 189, Iraq. Though this sounds daunting, Iraq has a little secret called Kurdistan. Like Somaliland in Somolia, Kurdistan is a self governed state within a state. Internationally it is recognized as a part of Iraq but for all intents and purposes it is a separate country. As much as I’d like … Continue reading Peaceful Iraq Egypt Revisited

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Kingston, Jamaica

From Montego Bay I spent a day driving down to Kingston with an afternoon visit to Ocho Rios. The route south on the new highway was a breeze and took just under two hours. I was headed to the country’s largest and capital city. Arriving in the evening, I checked into the Courtyard Marriott Kingston. … Continue reading Kingston, Jamaica

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Montego Bay and Ocho Rios

Montego Bay Montego Bay was the first destination of my Jamaica Mon trip. The fourth largest city by population, Montego Bay has developed to be the premier tourist destination of the island. Massive resorts and duty-free shops cater for tourists arriving by cruise ships or plane. It is very convenient and inexpensive to fly from … Continue reading Montego Bay and Ocho Rios

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Experience: The George Hotel, Kiribati

When landing at Kiribati’s international airport located on a long beach, one may wonder where they would sleep. Though the entire island seems like an empty stretch of beach, Tarawa actually houses half of the country’s population. This means visitors have the option to stay at modern hotels like The George Hotel. On my Pacifying … Continue reading Experience: The George Hotel, Kiribati

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Experience: Grand Pacific Hotel, Fiji

Suva, the capital of Fiji is a city with a long history and one of the icons of the colonial past is The Grand Pacific Hotel. In 2014, the hotel was fully renovated to exemplify its grandeur and celebrate its one hundredth anniversary. The initial planning for the hotel started in 1908 by a New … Continue reading Experience: Grand Pacific Hotel, Fiji

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Experience: Filamona Hotel, Tuvalu

Tuvalu is one of the smallest countries in the world which is apparent as soon as you land at their airport in Funafuti. This tiny nation receives few tourists mostly due to its isolated location and the high costs of travel. Filamona Hotel is not only the best (and one of the only) places to … Continue reading Experience: Filamona Hotel, Tuvalu

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Espiritu Santo WWII Tour

Espiritu Santo was an important base of operations during WWII. The Allies used the island as a support and supply base. Santo eventually became the second largest US base in the Pacific with 40,000 troops stationed there. They had airbases, repair facilities and a naval harbor. Today reminders of the war are scattered throughout the … Continue reading Espiritu Santo WWII Tour

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Experience: Lomani Island Resort, Fiji

The picture perfect white beaches you see on Fijian postcards are often not of the main larger islands, but rather the tiny islands scattered out to sea. Lomani Island Resort is located on one of these islands, Malolo Lailai in the Mamanuca chain of Islands. It is about 50 minutes by boat from Denarau Island … Continue reading Experience: Lomani Island Resort, Fiji