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Want to Be Isolated on an Island For Six Months and Get Paid For It? Here is How…

Have you ever wanted to be isolated with a friend or significant other for six consecutive months on an island — most of the total area of 460 acres is a protected natural haven for penguins, seals and other fauna and flora — and get paid for it? Are you tired of the conveniences and headaches of modern life and need a temporary break from it? Would you like to live in a house which was built in the 1800s?

If so, you have an opportunity awaiting you — if you and a friend or significant other are chosen, as evidenced by the official Facebook Internet web site of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service…

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Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Egypt: Part One of A Photographic Essay

Nestled beneath the cliffs at Deir al Bahari — near the Valley of the Kings on the west bank across the Nile River from the city of Luxor — is the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of the 13 female pharaohs in the history of ancient Egypt.

I had eyed the temple the night before across the Nile River from the poolside of the…

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Review: Atlanta Streetcar

After attending a seminar in downtown Atlanta on what turned out to be an overcast yet mild day, I had some spare time and decided to walk several blocks and ride as a passenger on the new Atlanta Streetcar, which has been in operation for approximately one year.

I boarded the streetcar at the Peachtree Center station, as…

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Old Watch Tower in Old Muscat, Oman

Surprisingly little information seems to be available pertaining to the Old Watch Tower located near the Muttrah Corniche in Old Muscat — so little that I had no idea it even existed when I researched on what to do in Muscat upon my visit to Oman.

In fact — as I was driving east on Al Bahri Road along Riyam Park towards Old Muscat — I almost passed it up when I spotted the harbor on my left side. I…

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The Boat Ride Into Wadi Shab in Oman

After thinking that my visit to Wadi Shab was done, I noticed a few boats in the wadi near the access road and saw people boarding one of them as I headed back towards the entrance.

When I first arrived at Wadi Shab, I originally thought those boats were privately owned; but after finding out that all I needed to do was pay one Omani Rial — or approximately $2.60 — to be taken by boat to the other side, I then caught the next vessel out for my boat ride into Wadi Shab.

As I boarded the small pale blue boat, I noticed…

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21 Hours in Bahrain

Including the inexplicable wait I had being processed in the immigration area of the airport when I first arrived; staying overnight at a Sheraton hotel property; and awaiting my flight to Cairo, I only had approximately 21 hours in Bahrain to spend — so I did some cursory research to find out exactly what there is to do in this country defined as a kingdom.

I quickly learned that Bahrain advertises itself more as a business destination and not necessarily as a leisure destination; but my experience suggests to me that using Bahrain as a free stopover on my way from Abu Dhabi to Cairo as a passenger of Gulf Air was indeed the right decision.

Nevertheless…

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Knowth: Passage Tomb in Ireland

Built greater than 5,000 years ago, the Great Mound at Knowth is similar in size to Newgrange — about which I reported in this article — and is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds.

Also known as the Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne — which is designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site — the Great Mound has two passages with entrances on opposite sides: the…

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Wadi Shab in Oman: A Photographic Essay of Its Entrance

After having parked the rental car under Highway 17, I set out to explore Wadi Shab. With palm trees contrasting the craggy rocky barren mountains, Wadi Shab would basically be an oasis in the desert of some sort if it were not adjacent to the Gulf of Oman.

I took a casual stroll inland along the murky green water of the wadi.

The beauty of the natural landscape was somewhat marred by…

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The Historic Line 1 Subway in Budapest: A Photographic Chronology

As the oldest line of the Budapest Metro subway system, Line 1 has been in continuous operation since it was first inaugurated on Saturday, May 2, 1896 — with only the underground railway system in London being in operation longer.

Although I am not exactly an aficionado of subway systems in general — I do have somewhat of an interest in them — I decided that I wanted to explore this historic subway line and experience it for myself. For a number of consecutive years, I used the subway system in New York to commute from where I lived in Brooklyn to Manhattan in order to get to a special high school which I attended; then to college; and to a place of employment after that — commuting at least an hour each way to each of those places.

The need for cost-effective and efficient transportation led to me experiencing rides on subway and rapid transit systems around the world — including but not limited to those which serve…

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