Spain - Pamplona - San Fermin Festival

by Kimp 20. July 2015 11:54
The San Fermin Festival is often called "Running with the Bulls". It was made popular when Ernest Hemingway visited and wrote about in his 1925 Novel "The Sun Also Rises".
Now it has grown to about 1,000,000 people visiting this festival every year. [More]

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French Open - Paris France

by Kimp 6. June 2015 03:03
French Open - 2014. One of the four grand slam events in tennis. [More]

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Bosnia and Hertezgovia - Medugorje

by Kimp 18. April 2015 06:00
A very popular modern Christian Pilgrimage Destination [More]

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Scotland - Edinburgh International Festival

by Kimp 15. August 2013 17:11
In August of every year, Edinburgh hosts the 3rd largest Theatre festival in the world. But, I didn't really go for the Theatre festival Itself, I went for the sub culture, called the Fringe, that has grow up around this festival.

Thinking about visiting Scotland. Bring a jacket (preferable layer's) and something waterproof. Doesn't matter what time of year, Scotland has 4 seasons every single day. Wind's are slight to very strong. Rain is slight to strong, but usually doesn't last very long in August. Or if you are like me. I left my umbrella in the hotel on purpose, because I was trying out a new piece of water resistant gear, and as I was standing in a que (line waiting for an event), on the University of Edinburgh campus, a young platinum blonde, pure bred Scottish women, felt sorry for me and shared her umbrella. [More]

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Germay - Radelthon

by Kimp 9. May 2013 22:57
Just after WW II ended, Germany was in total ruins, moral was at an all time low, people had nothing, and their future was very uncertain. A twenty year old German athlete by the name of Reinhold Steinhilb, gave them something to be proud of and cling on to. From 1948 - 1952 he was one of the top German professional bicyclists.

In 1991 Reinhold Steinhilb (Famous Geman Bike Athlete) designed an 80km (50mi) mountain bike course named the Radel-Thon, that forms a big circle around Stuttgart. I'm not sure where the name come from, but I will give it a good guess.

Before WWII Germany wanted to be able to move tanks quickly through Germany. They couldn't do that on the AutoBahn, because the tanks would tear it up. So they built cobblestone roads, often adjacent to the Autobahn, that were for the express purpose of driving the tanks down them. These were heavily used and as a result of the weight of the tanks, they are the most uneven cobblestone roads in all of Europe. They aren't fit for use by cars, so they were abandoned and are now used as nice walking and bike paths.
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Germany - Stuttgart Fruehlingfest

by Kimp 26. April 2013 03:50
Fruehlingfest:
The German word, Fruehlingfest means Spring Festival.
Many towns in Germany have Fruehlingfest's and they come in 4 basic variations:

1. A parade where most of the costumes are of a medieval nature.
2. A small town festival, usually in the main square, that lasts an entire weekend with a few festival events, like concerts. The local businesses stay open late and are open on Sunday as well (which almost never occurs in Germany).
3. It consists of a festival at a designated festival grounds. Usually with lots of rides and maybe a firework display on one night. These are generally kids and teenagers during the day, with the big crowds coming out at night.
4. Consists of 3 along with a beer festival, which includes a few small beer tents up to several large beer tents.
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Switzerland - Zurich

by Kimp 18. January 2013 05:49
The Zurich driving experience, should be a ride at Disney world. It is by far, the most complicated place I have ever driven. It has characteristics similar to driving in a video game. Very narrow streets, dense traffic, and lots of people riding bikes near the road. Dense parked traffic on the sides of the road trying to get on the road. Lots of people on foot. Lots of beautiful distracting women on foot (places with high incomes seem to attract beautiful women). [More]

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Wedding - Budda - Lao Baci Ceremony

by Kimp 28. October 2012 03:22
I believe that their view of marriage, is that the couple will devote their life to the servitude and well being of others.
When Linda told me that she was renewing her vows at a Lao Baci Ceremony and invited me, I felt very honored and I immediately accepted. I knew that I was going to experience something really nice and spending time with their families would be an added pleasure as well.
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Greece - Art and Culture

by Kimp 26. November 2011 05:00
Ancient Greek art spans from about 7000 B.C. up to around 100 BC. [More]

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Greece - Countryside

by Kimp 25. November 2011 04:51
There isn't a single navigable river in Greece. [More]

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