Liechtenstein - Valduz, Malbun, and Triesenberg

by Kimp 15. May 2013 23:38
Liechtenstein is one of only 5 remaining micro countries in Europe. All of the remaining micro countries have the same business model. Set up a tax structure that favors the excessively wealthy and lots of excessively wealthy people will move there.
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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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Massachusetts - Boston Marathon

by Kimp 15. April 2013 04:47
The first Marathon was run at the first Modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 1886. The head coach of the USA marathon team for that race, was from Boston, and was a member of the Boston Athletic Association. When he got back from the Olympics, the Boston Athletic Association decided to create the Boston Marathon and the first race was run in 1887 with 11 participants. It was the first non-Olympic Marathon in the world and has been held annually since.
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Lousiana - Thibodaux Cajun Music

by Kimp 2. April 2013 03:38
Tribodauxville is a small village that was at the intersection of two main Bayous - Bayou Lafourche and Bayou Terrebone. Bayou Lafourche was a major canal used for shipping Sugar Cane from the plantations in Louisiana and there were high banks in the area. That made it an idea place for a small town that supported the sugar industry. Cajun bayou people would converge on Tribodauxville to partake in song and to get their dance on. [More]

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Lousiana - Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

by Kimp 1. April 2013 02:55
We saw quite a few neat birds while we were out. The most interesting for me were the Bald Headed Eagles. Bald Headed Eagles migrate here in January to mate. Actually, since Eagles mate for life, they bring their mate with them. The eggs hatch in March and in May they head back up North, to as far away as the Arctic circle. Eagles always use the same nest every year, so this is like their winter home. [More]

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Sweden - Dog Sledding North of the Artic Circle

by Kimp 16. February 2013 01:08
Lapland is the best place in the world to see the aurora borealis. A mountain range in the northern part of Lapland makes it difficult for the clouds in the prevailing wind to make it into the Laplands, so there are many cloud free nights. The aurora kind of looks Alien in nature. As a result, there are lots of people who believe in Alien's in Lapland. A young Swedish women told me, "When you see the aurora borealis, make sure that you don't say 'Bleep Bleep'.". She said 'Bleep Bleep' in a high pitch with a very serious look on her face. I started to laugh as she went on to explain, "Cause if you do, you will be sucked right up into the alien spaceship". Whoa!!! Can we go over that again, I sure don't want to get sucked up into an alien spaceship. [More]

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Sweden - Kiruna

by Kimp 13. February 2013 20:33
Photo Blog History: In the 1700's, a large Iron Ore deposit was discovered in Sweden, 120 miles (200 km) above the Arctic Circle, however, there wasn't any way to transport the ore. Around 1900, Sweden built a rail line to Kiruna and sent several mine engineer's and miner's there to start the mini... [More]

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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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California - Death Valley

by Kimp 27. December 2012 17:12
Death Valley is a land of extremes. The valley is very low (below sea level) desert and very hot in the summer, yet it is surrounded by mountains. Some of which peak at around 11,000 feet (3500 m) (over 2 miles). It has several different climates in the same location at the same time. The native Indians (Timbisha Shoshone) lived a very good life here for over a thousand years. They lived in the valley in the winter and in the mountains in the summer. [More]

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Nevada - Las Vegas

by Kimp 23. December 2012 06:25
Vegas has a nice history. Nevada was the last state to outlaw gambling in 1910, however the Hoover Dam construction (about 30 miles away) started in 1920, during the depression. That brought a large number of single men into the area, from all over the place, they were making decent money and had money and no place to spend it. With a large diversified population and money to spare, creating a large Vegas entertainment industry came naturally. In 1931, the city decided to legalize gambling.
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