History

Arriving in Ireland

September 25, 2009

I cannot tell you how excited I was to finally touch down in Ireland. We were finally leaving the States and beginning the adventure Anjel and I had dreamed about and planned for the last 6 months! From this point until we return home, every step will be on foreign soil, the languages will become […]

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Travelling the Backroads

August 28, 2009

Our adventure began with us leaving Walnut Creek, California and heading northeast towards Sacramento with an ultimate destination of Aurora, Colorado – located just south of Denver. Because there’s no rush and no reason to spend our days riding the 8-lane slab of Highway 80, we looked for alternate routes – which quickly turned into […]

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Historical Context: Mongols and Christopher Columbus

July 15, 2009

I recently finished reading “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” by Jack Weatherford, a fantastic book on the history of Genghis Khan and the Mongols. As with all empires, the Mongol dynasty had its high point and its eventual collapse – and just like Rome (and other empires) the Mongol dynasty had […]

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Historical Context: Lawrence of Arabia and Motorcycle Helmets

May 29, 2009

We recently watched the film Lawrence of Arabia as part of our ongoing movie research. The film starts with the death of Lawrence as he’s zooming through the English country side on his motorcycle. According to Wikipedia: “A dip in the road obstructed his view of two boys on their bicycles; he swerved to avoid […]

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Historical Context: Mongols and Assassins

May 27, 2009

In preparation for our time in Mongolia, we’ve listened to the audio book of “Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Men” by Harold Lamb and have almost finished reading “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” by Jack Weatherford. Both are great books, though I would recommend Weatherford’s over Lamb’s. That may be due […]

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