On the Rail Again

You know, there’s something to be said for public transportation, especially trains. Here I am, on my first American train, bound for Chicago. Almost immediately I’ve lapsed into the giddy feelings that come with traveling someplace new. I’m not traveling to Rome or Lancaster, however, but rather to a near…

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Are There Positive Effects of “Globalization”?

Time and again, I hear people complaining about globalization. To quote the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition, globalization is  “the action, process, or fact of making global; esp. (in later use) the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale, widely considered…

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What Goes Up: Climbing (REALLY STEEP) Towers in Wales

The picture above, taken during my trip to northern Wales with one of my best friends in October, depicts a view looking up one of the towers at the castle in Conwy. Built by Edward I of England in the 1280s, Conwy Castle was part of a ring of castles…

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Lancaster to York: When Royal Family Quarrels Turn Personal

I’ve decided to try a different approach to my blog for the remainder of my trip and for future posts. I’m going to be posting pictures, some recent, some not so recent, and tell what was happening then rather than rambling on through long posts about meaningful (and sometimes meaningless)…

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