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  • hardie karges 12:40 am on March 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Beckett, Grenadines, hurricane, , St. Vincent   

    A Day in St. Vincy and the Grenadines 

    There are as many countries in the Caribbean as there are in South America, and only a fraction of the population, so those tiny countries, island countries, have a disproportionate influence, and not necessarily undue… (More …)

  • hardie karges 2:20 pm on February 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Emilie Proulx, , Karim Ouellet, La Femme, Marseilles, Paris, Poom, Salome' Leclerc   

    French Connection: C’est la vie, and all that jazz… 

    France needs no introduction, of course, she of Germanic roots and Roman speech, one foot on the Atlantic Ocean and the other on the Mediterranean Sea…. (More …)

  • hardie karges 1:25 pm on January 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apia, dance, diabetes, , , Pago-Pago, Polynesia, Samoa   

    Samoa: when less is simply not enough… 

    Samoa has the dubious distinction of being divided into two parts, independent (West) Samoa, and American (East) Samoa, like Germany and Vietnam last century… (More …)

  • hardie karges 3:15 pm on January 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Language Tip #2: Don’t feed the pidgins…

  • hardie karges 7:46 pm on January 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: aurora, Death Hawks, , Lauri Schreck, , northern lights, Puhuri, Samuli Kemppi, Siinai, Voittaja   

    The Finlandization of us all, hopefully… 

    Finland is one of the few countries of Europe, along with first-cousin Estonia, and distant cousin Hungary, that isn’t of Indo-European speech–or genome (since those two circumstances seem to follow each other around)… (More …)

  • hardie karges 11:55 pm on December 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Principe, Sao Tome   

    Sao Tome’ and Principe’: Paradise found… 

    The country of Sao Tome’ and Principe’ is one of the world’s smallest, with less than 200,000 people and barely a thousand square kilometers scattered over a couple islands off the east coast of Africa… (More …)

    • Esther S. Fabbricante 12:10 am on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      More power to you!!

  • hardie karges 1:31 pm on November 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fiji, global warming, Melanesia, , ,   

    FIJI: Putting the Mela back in Melanesia… 

    Fiji is one of the brighter spots of a South Pacific that doesn’t always live up to its image as Paradise, and probably THE brightest spot of Melanesia, the darker-skinned portion, where getting lei’d is not always guaranteed upon arrival… (More …)

    • Dave Kingsbury 12:01 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I wish human rights were as cross-border as music … too often nationhood gets in the way! You got me thinking …

    • hardie karges 12:15 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, we’re such a young species. Hopefully we can figure some things out before it’s too late…

  • hardie karges 1:31 pm on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jeddah, KSA, , Rotana, Saudi Arabia, Waed, Wahabi   

    Saudi Arabia: Kingdom of Kings… 

    Saudi Arabia is one of the great conundrums of the modern world, superficially as modern as they come, but at heart as medieval as any country ever was… (More …)

    • Esther S. Fabbricante 4:24 pm on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Almost too much to comprehend.

  • hardie karges 12:24 pm on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Harare, , Semitic   

    Ethiopia: Where it all began… 

    Ethiopia is one of the most incredible countries in the world, close to the origin of the human race, in Africa, of Africa, but not limited to it, or by it, highly recommended if you’ve been elsewhere in Africa and figure it’s all the same–it’s not… (More …)

    • Dave Kingsbury 11:21 pm on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Light, Color and Sound indeed! – to quote your by-line – amazing that Rimbaud just stopped writing poetry and spent the rest of his life in Africa as a trader, though his journal entries from the time make interesting reading!

      • hardie karges 6:26 am on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, very interesting career that man had, and I’ve never read those journal notes, either, so nice…

  • hardie karges 12:52 pm on October 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dakar, Fulani, Orchestra Baobab, Senegal, Wolof, Youssou N'dour   

    Senegal: Life in the Mbalax… 

    Senegal is one of the brighter spots of West Africa, successor of previous local Wolof  and Serer regimes and the regional nomadic Sahel-based Islamic Fulani/Toucouleur who occupy and define much of West Africa, what with their cows, language and religion… (More …)

    • Esther S. Fabbricante 2:41 pm on October 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      For some unknown reason, my sound is silent! Enjoyed your blog, though.

    • hardie karges 2:54 pm on October 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sound works, maybe re-start your computer if nothing else…

    • Megs 10:19 am on November 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So there’s always i find something interesting about different people and culture. That`s why i so much appreciate your blog! Stunning.

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