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Tanzania Facts

Long Name: United Republic of Tanzania Location: Eastern Africa Area (in sq km): 947300 Capital: Dar es Salaam (administrative) Dodoma (legislative) Agricultural Products: coffee, sisal, tea, cotton, pyrethrum (insecticide made from chrysanthemums), cashew nuts, tobacco, cloves, corn, wheat, cassava (tapioca), bananas, fruits, vegetables; cattle, sheep, goats Demonym: Tanzanian(s) Agricultural Labor Force %: 80 Religions: Muslim,… Read More

Qatari Facts

Long Name: State of Qatar Location: Middle East Area (in sq km): 11586 Capital: Doha Agricultural Products: fruits, vegetables; poultry, dairy products, beef; fish Demonym: Qatari(s) Religions: Muslim, Christian Languages: Arabic, English GDP Growth %: 6.6 Location: Middle East Resources: petroleum, natural gas, fish Population Growth Rate %: 4.19 Exports: liquefied natural gas, petroleum products,… Read More

Cuba Facts

Long Name: Republic of Cuba Location: Caribbean Sea Area (in sq km): 110860 Capital: Havana Agricultural Products: sugar, tobacco, citrus, coffee, rice, potatoes, beans; livestock Demonym: Cuban(s) Agricultural Labor Force %: .8 Religions: Roman Catholic Industrial Labor Force %: 22.2 Service Labor Force %: 74 Languages: Spanish GDP Growth %: 3.1 Location: Caribbean Sea Resources:… Read More

Kindness in A Foreign Land

I was alone in Tokyo. I ventured into a Jazz lounge where a curious young Japanese woman inquired about me. Machiko offered to help me find my way back to Narita airport which she assured me was a bit difficult for first timers to Japan. It wasn’t that difficult, after all, I had made my… Read More

Jeju Island

It’s a great island to visit. Jeju has been in the news recently as it’s the next country after Malaysia where Yemeni refugees are seeking asylum. They couldn’t have chosen a better place if you ask me. However, the truth of the matter is that the influx of refugees has caused the Korean population to… Read More

Plaza Mayor

Some people sold their wares. Other people took pictures. Still others walked around and took in the sights. That was my impression of Plaza Mayor. Oh! And it is big. It is really big!

Moorish Portugal

Portugal is littered with relics from the epoch when the Moors ruled the Iberian peninsula. The Castle of Two Moors is one of those locations.


Switzerland is wildly expensive. It is also a country where prostitution is legal, marijuana is smoked openly, and beer is sold at McDonald’s. The photos below were taken 1) while en route to France from Switzerland, and 2) while in Basel and Z├╝rich.


One weekend in 2017 I visited Qatar. What I found surprised and wowed my senses. Here are some photos from that experience.