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“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.

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Ghost Town Wednesday: Fordlandia (Part Two)

After Willis Blakeley finally arrived at the camp, he began the process of hiring laborers.  Keeping a stable labor force was a problem, however.  The locals had grown accustomed to their own way of life where they would work during the season when rubber was harvested, sell that and live off their earnings until the next season.  1,449 more words

Ghost Town Wednesday

A Short History of Nearly Everything

I just finished reading “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson, and I can’t sing its praises enough. What a wonderful book!  This week, an excerpt. 328 more words

Just For Fun

Book Review Thursday: One Summer: America, 1927

The summer of 1927 was a momentous period of history in more ways than one.  The book, authored by Bill Bryson, begins with Charles Lindbergh’s historic Atlantic flight.  733 more words

Book Review Thursday

The one where i introduce myself.

How do you start a blog when you don’t have a specific topic in mind?

My therapist told me it would be cathartic for me to do it, kind of like self – healing I suppose. 378 more words

Day 9 Testing Times....



It was a clear night when I hit the sack last night, “so another cold one” I thought. I have a sleeping mat which for the purposes of boasting “mines smaller than yours” starts at my head and ends at my bum. 1,049 more words

Ghost Town Wednesday: Fordlandia (Part One)

Even the most successful business people make mistakes or propose ill-conceived ideas.  Such was the case when mega-successful Henry Ford conceived a plan to plant and maintain his own rubber plantation in Brazil.  787 more words

Ghost Town Wednesday