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Given A Map, A Lot Of People Have No Idea Where They Traveled (Or Where They Live)

Given A Map, A Lot Of People Have No Idea Where They Traveled (Or Where They Live) Aug 23rd, 2013 at 3:30PM: Glyn Lowe Photoworks, Flickr While early explorers may have spent countless weeks plotting their journeys on maps and charting the best course to get to their destination, it seems many modern day travelers don't have a clue about where they're actually going. A new study has found massive numbers of travelers can't find their vacation destination on a world map. When asked where Cyprus was...

Commonwealth War Graves Being Restored Ahead Of World War I Centennial

Commonwealth War Graves Being Restored Ahead Of World War I Centennial Jul 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is busy fixing up the cemeteries it manages ahead of next year's World War I centennial, the BBC reports. It's a daunting task – maintaining 1.7 million graves in 153 countries, including far-flung areas such as Baghdad. The grave photographed here is in the Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery and is for Private E. Wadsworth of the...

Recovery Vacations A Hit With Soldiers Returning From War

Recovery Vacations A Hit With Soldiers Returning From War May 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Troop Rewards provides recovery vacations to returning U.S. soldiers and their families who served overseas. To do that, Troop Rewards relies on hotels and private vacation property owners to donate unused inventory, sort of like a hotel might release a number of rooms to Priceline for bidding. This year, Florida's Sandpearl resort is teaming up with Troop Rewards to provide recovery vacations...

Scammer Found Selling Fake Bomb Detectors To Airports

Scammer Found Selling Fake Bomb Detectors To Airports Apr 24th, 2013 at 4:30PM: A British court has found a man guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq and Georgia, the BBC reports. James McCormick, 56, of Langport, Somerset, was found guilty of fraud after making a fortune from detectors he knew didn't work. He's estimated to have made some $76 million from the worthless devices, which were modeled after a novelty golf ball finder. In his sales pitches he claimed...

Cyrus Cylinder, 'The First Bill Of Rights,' Tours US

Cyrus Cylinder, 'The First Bill Of Rights,' Tours US Mar 12th, 2013 at 1:00PM: The famous Cyrus Cylinder, a baked clay tablet from the 6th century B.C. that's often called the "first bill of rights," has made its U.S. debut at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Cyrus Cylinder was deposited in the foundations of a building in Babylon during the reign of the Persian king Cyrus the Great. It commemorates his conquest of Babylon and...

ARTSPACE London Showcases Photography Of Iraqi Artist Halim Al Karim

ARTSPACE London Showcases Photography Of Iraqi Artist Halim Al Karim Jan 27th, 2013 at 9:00AM: ARTSPACE London is one of London's lesser-known art venues for out-of-town visitors. It opened in May of 2012 and focuses on Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish art. The original ARTSPACE is in Dubai, and the owners decided to open a London branch to expose these Eastern artists to a Western audience. The latest London exhibition is of Iraqi photographer Halim Al Karim, opening...

My Year In Adventure Travel: A Look Back And A Look Forward

My Year In Adventure Travel: A Look Back And A Look Forward Dec 19th, 2012 at 3:00PM: We're approaching the end of 2012, so it's a good time to assess what we've done and where we're headed. There's a whole year of adventures and opportunities awaiting us in 2013, despite what the New Age crystal clutchers say. The world is not ending and that's a good thing! I've had some interesting adventure travel this year. My family and I spent a week on the rugged Orkney Islands north...

Visiting Iraq: The Practicalities

Visiting Iraq: The Practicalities Dec 12th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Will Iraq become the next big adventure travel destination? Short answer: Not yet. Long answer: At the moment most of Iraq is closed to solo travel. The Iraqi government has authorized only a few group tour companies such as Hinterland Travel and Babel Tours. These tours have a set itinerary and offer very little freedom for individual movement. This is not the fault of the tour...

Ten Random Observations About Iraq

Ten Random Observations About Iraq Dec 10th, 2012 at 11:00AM: While traveling in Iraq I noticed some interesting things that didn't fit into any of the articles in my series. Some of these observations may be obvious to those more familiar with the country, but odd first impressions are one of the fun things about travel! 1. The traffic police have these cool kiosks that imitate their uniform. Looks like this guy left his tie at home. 2. Spongebob...

A Solo Stroll Through Baghdad

A Solo Stroll Through Baghdad Dec 7th, 2012 at 11:30AM: I am alone in Baghdad. After a farewell dinner and a visit to an Iraqi amusement park my travel companions have left for the airport. Our guards from the Interior Ministry have gone off to other duties and I'm staying unguarded in my hotel. I don't fly out until tomorrow. I'm not supposed to leave the hotel. Guards are supposed to be with me at all times. While I understand why the government...

A Family Night Out In Baghdad

A Family Night Out In Baghdad Dec 5th, 2012 at 12:00PM: After a long road trip around Iraq, I find myself back in Baghdad. It's our last night together as a group. For our final dinner we decide to eat a famous Baghdadi recipe at a famous landmark –mazgouf fish at Abu Nuwas Park. Abu Nuwas park runs for one-and-a-half miles along the east bank of the Tigris in central Baghdad. It's named after an early medieval poet who was half Arab and...

Kurdistan: The Other Iraq

Kurdistan: The Other Iraq Dec 4th, 2012 at 12:30PM: Families out for an evening stroll, friends sipping coffee at sidewalk cafes, tourists seeing the sights without a police escort – am I still in Iraq? Sort of. I'm in Kurdistan, an autonomous region made up of Iraq's three northernmost provinces. The Kurds kicked out Saddam in 1991 after suffering years of bloody persecution, and they've pretty much been doing their own thing ever...

Visiting The Christian Community In Iraq

Visiting The Christian Community In Iraq Dec 3rd, 2012 at 10:00AM: Before Iraq was conquered by the Arabs in the seventh century, it was one of the oldest centers of Christianity in the world. Even after the Arab conquest, Christians made up a sizable minority of the population – sometimes tolerated, sometimes persecuted, but always surviving. Now it's facing its biggest threat in centuries. The Christian Community in Iraq is a lot smaller than it...

Visiting Ur, Ctesiphon, And Babylon In Iraq

Visiting Ur, Ctesiphon, And Babylon In Iraq Nov 30th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Iraq is an ancient land. It's seen a lot of civilizations come and go and each one has left behind spectacular monuments and rare treasures. On a recent visit, I had the privilege to experience many of these sites. Last time, I talked about the monuments of the Assyrian Empire. Today, I want to talk about three more of Iraq's ancient wonders. Perhaps the most famous is Babylon. It was the...

Traveler Visits Every Country In The World Without Boarding A Plane

Traveler Visits Every Country In The World Without Boarding A Plane Nov 30th, 2012 at 8:00AM: A British man has accomplished what many world travelers have only dreamed of. Over the course of the past four years, he has managed to visit every country on the planet, which is a very impressive feat considering some of the places he had to go to in order to earn this unique distinction. But perhaps most impressive of all is that he traveled to all of those places without ever stepping foot on...

Visiting The Great Assyrian Sites Of Iraq

Visiting The Great Assyrian Sites Of Iraq Nov 27th, 2012 at 12:00PM: This Iraqi policeman is busy texting at one of the great archaeological sites of his country – Assur, the first capital of the Assyrian Empire. Assur was founded at least as early as 2400 B.C., but it wasn't until the reign of the Assyrian king Shamshi-Adad (ruled 1809-1776 B.C.) that it became the capital of a true empire. Shamshi-Adad's armies took over the bulk of Mesopotamia, as...

Hostility And Smiles On The Streets Of Nasiriyah, Iraq

Hostility And Smiles On The Streets Of Nasiriyah, Iraq Nov 26th, 2012 at 12:30PM: There comes a time in every trip when the honeymoon ends. The initial romance of being in a new place wears off and you begin to notice the pushy vendors and the dirty hotel rooms. The first blush of love fades like a flower in autumn, hit by the cold winter wind of reality. My honeymoon with Iraq didn't end with tourist hucksters or filthy hotel rooms – so far we'd had none of those....

Beer Run In Basra

Beer Run In Basra Nov 22nd, 2012 at 12:00PM: We'd been on the road in Iraq for a week, and after inhaling ten pounds of desert sand each, we really needed a beer. Luckily we were in Basra, and our tour leader Geoff knew a good place to buy liquor under the counter. So after a day of seeing the historic quarter and taking a boat trip along the Shatt al-Arab, a few of us ditched our guards and headed out into town. Ditched our guards? In...

Ghosts Of A Dictatorship: Visiting Saddam Hussein's Palaces

Ghosts Of A Dictatorship: Visiting Saddam Hussein's Palaces Nov 21st, 2012 at 10:00AM: The name "Babylon" brings up two associations – that of an ancient city in Iraq, and of a place of sin and decadence. It's only fitting then that Saddam Hussein erected one of his palaces on a hill overlooking the ancient site of Babylon. This is only one of 70 such palaces, many built during the UN sanctions while Saddam's people were short on food and medicine. Many Iraqis complained...

A Sneak Peek At The Soon-To-Reopen National Museum Of Iraq

A Sneak Peek At The Soon-To-Reopen National Museum Of Iraq Nov 20th, 2012 at 1:00PM: The National Museum of Iraq is as battered and defiant as the country it represents. Battered because it has suffered looting and neglect, defiant because its staff fought to protect it. Now they're rebuilding and the museum will soon reopen. I got a sneak peak while visiting Iraq and was overawed. I knew I would be. Here is the treasure house of the dawn of civilization. Giant statues of...

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