Monthly Archives: October 2013

Talking Politics with an American vs European, also How Liberal are Europeans?

One of the first things I noticed about Europeans was how much they love to talk about politics. Politics began many conversations we had with various Europeans we met, both locals and travelers. Politics are a mostly taboo topic of … Continue reading

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I used to think Scotch tasted like Scotch Tape

I always thought Scotch was something people only pretended to like. As it turns out, I just hadn’t had the good stuff yet. Sampling the various whisky’s, I started to develop a real taste for it. The Holy Trinity of … Continue reading

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Forgotten Genocides

While in Glasgow, Scotland, I stayed with a pastor and his family that my sister knew from when she studied there. I was drinking coffee with the pastor, and I mentioned how much I liked Scottish towns and villages. They … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities: Seattle vs. Reyjkavik

The parallels between Reykjavik, Iceland and Seattle, Washington are striking. Both are surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. On those rare days when the whether is clear, the volcano Snaefellsjokull can be see from Reyjkavik, much like the volcano Mount Rainier in … Continue reading

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The Not So Quiet American

Whenever in a public place in Iceland or Scotland, I always noticed that Americans were the loudest people. I found myself self conscious of the way I spoke; I was louder than most of the people around me. The book … Continue reading

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Traveling in Scotland and Iceland

I recently did some traveling in Scotland and Iceland. It was my first time in Europe and overall a great trip. Originally I was going to write a lengthy post to document the whole trip, but a series of short … Continue reading

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Gordon Lightfoot, “Changes” in the spirit of my previous post

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