Author Archives: JSH

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…

Northern Ireland and the bus…

Day 2 – The Bus   When I was home and planning a day to Northern Ireland to explore the coastline, the bus to the Giant’s Causeway and Belfast sounded tolerable.  The idea of having someone else navigate the different … Continue reading

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Spring Break in March… the Republic of Ireland

Sunday March 19th 6:00AM With sleepy eyes my “first year” college student and I were on our way to explore the emerald isle. Side note – Did you know Freshmen is no longer politically correct, and we now must call … Continue reading

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A night in Kazimierz…

It’s Saturday night and dusk as I make my way around the perimeter of the closed Wawel Castle in search of the Krakow dragon. If you believe the legends, Kraków was founded on the defeat of a dragon and build … Continue reading

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Saturday morning in Krakow, what to do…

First off, breakfast at the hotel. Why the hotel, maybe because I needed something substantial after yesterday’s beetroot soup with dumplings (AKA, borscht if you are Russian, barszc if Polish or simply beet soup if you’re me).  But the reality … Continue reading

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Friday I visited Auschwitz and Brikenan.

After a 2 hour bus ride… I passed under the famous sign that reads ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (work sets you free). I walked through the gate at Birkenau on those now famous train tracks. I spent 4 hours between the … Continue reading

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London to Krakow Poland for the weekend!

After a long few days of work outside an iconic village in the south of England, I am off to Poland.  The reason is simple, I have never been! It is 10:30PM in Boston, 4:30AM in the UK and with … Continue reading

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Last few hours in London

After a late night in Piccadilly, we opted to skip all parks this morning and any pretense of running or exercise.  We had one last breakfast at the hotel and Maggie once again had the American breakfast of pancakes, English … Continue reading

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