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  • 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 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 12:52 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.

  • hardie karges 12:44 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baltic, , , , , Soviet Union,   

    E-stonia: lotta’ hard work, still not Finnish… 

    With origins on the far northern Uralic steppes, first cousins with the Finns and Sami, and distant relations with Ugric Hungarians, these groups of Finno-Ugric speakers are the exception to the rest of the Indo-European-speaking European continent… (More …)

  • hardie karges 12:55 pm on October 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Balkans, , , Herzegovina, Serbia, Tito, Yugoslavia   

    Serbia: War is Over (if you want it)… 

    Hey, it’s not easy being Serb, or any southern Slav, showing up on the southern gates of Europe post-Rome and looking for a place at the table, a table already pre-set by Dacians, Thracians, Illyrians and Celts to boot, remove your shoes at the door, please… (More …)

    • davekingsbury 10:34 pm on October 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice stream-of-consciousness piece, Hardie …

      • hardie karges 12:59 am on October 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thx, Dave! Hmm, maybe this should be the s-o-c blog, wouldn’t be hard if it’s a country I’ve already visited, just random access assorted memories travels travails and frustrations, toss them in a hot skillet, stir quickly at high temps, season to taste… hmmm, not bad flavor… good idea, Dave!

  • hardie karges 12:33 pm on September 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Indian Ocean, islands, Mahe, Seychelles, Victoria,   

    Seychelles: Seashells by the Sea Shore 

    Tourist mags and online rags usually start any article on the Seychelles islands with something like: “Welcome to Paradise–Lucky You!” and then proceed to talk about the various suns of beaches that define the place, with scarce mention of the various sons-of-bitches that threaten it… (More …)

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