Around the World in 80 Days, Day 73: Sweden, Part 2 – Knowing They’re on the Street Where You Live

In opening their borders to Muslim extremists, Europeans have effectively let the Orcs into the Shire.  What is worse, they still don’t seem to recognize the fact. Take, for example, the April 7th terrorist attack here in Stockholm.  On that day, Rakhmat Akilov, a Muslim immigrant and asylum-seeker stole a beer truck in the heart … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 65: The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Part 2 – America Fast-Forwarded

Throughout much of its history, the story of England was one of remarkable good fortune.  Indeed, when considering the scope of the tiny island nation’s success, one is tempted to conclude that there must have been some unseen Hand of Providence guiding it all.  Consider the geography that preserved it time and again from the … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 64: The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Part 1 – The March of Folly

We are now in the fourth quarter of the Around the World in 80 Days project.  To recap the countries covered thus far: Birmingham, Alabama > Los Angeles, California > Auckland, New Zealand > Brisbane, Australia > Tokyo, Japan > Okinawa, Japan > Singapore > Hong Kong, China > Delhi, India > Moscow, Russia > … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 44: Nigeria, Part 5 – The Fast and the Furious

Yesterday, my last day in Nigeria, began uneventfully.  A rooster in a field near the house where I am staying awakened me as usual.  Unfortunately, it was his habit to awaken me several times during the night.  I am convinced he is blind and has no idea when it is dawn, so he just cock-a-doodles … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 43: Nigeria, Part 4 – The People the West Forgot

At the time of writing this, I have been in Nigeria for almost a week.  My time here defies a simple description or even a simple narrative.  Experiences are intensified by the extreme emotions one feels in a place like this: The encouragement I felt at meeting people with whom I share a common faith, … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 42: Nigeria, Part 3 – Heart of Darkness

“Go about this trip confidently and being friendly, but never betraying yourself as a first timer [to Nigeria],” my friend, Jwan Zhumbes, the Anglican Bishop of Bukuru, had warned me.  “Do not ask questions that will sell you off as someone who has never been here before … And answer, if you must, only questions … Read more