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 61: Peru – “The Strangest, Saddest City Thou Can’st See”

  Herman Melville, a travel writer of sorts, was not impressed with Lima.  In his classic Moby Dick, Melville says of the city: “Nor is it, altogether, the remembrance of her cathedral-toppling earthquakes; nor the stampedoes of her frantic seas: nor the tearlessness of arid skies that never rain; nor the sight of her wide … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 58: Chile – South America’s Most Stable Democracy?

At this moment, I am on a flight following the spine of the Andes northward from Santiago, Chile to Lima, Peru.  Running some 4,300 miles, the Andes are the longest continuous mountain range in the world.  Looking out on the endless snowcapped peaks, I am reminded of the 90s film, Alive.  It is the story … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 56: Brazil – Apocalypto

In his introduction to The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis, who very much believed in an unseen spirit world, wrote: “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils.  One is to disbelieve in their existence.  The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 54: Argentina – Like Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown

In early 1944, Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, sent agents to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Their task was to establish an escape route for Nazis should Germany lose the war.  When that outcome became a reality in May 1945, Nazis flowed into Argentina (and throughout South America) where they were welcomed by the government … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 52: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina

It’s #ATW80 Day 52, and Larry calls in to the Rick and Bubba Show to report on country #10: Argentina. With a seemingly cyclical history of bribery and corruption, does Argentina now find itself trending towards freedom? Larry gives a fascinating overview of that nation’s recent history, its love/hate relationship with dictatorship, why many Nazi … Read more