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It just so happened that during our trip to Australia, Wendy was in Brisbane, so Bern invited us to stay at her home along with Wendy for a few days.

This city in the clouds didn’t disappoint and we would highly recommend it to those who want to see a unique version of city living. The region inspires the imagination and takes your mind back to another era in England’s history. // Jeff. It is not every day you see a modern architectural marvel, and I am exceptionally happy I had the opportunity to see it. We then enjoyed a dragon boat cruise along the river and drove to the tomb of an old Vietnamese emperor. The killing fields are several sites where collectively more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime and is considered a part of the state sponsored genocide that took place in Cambodia for five years. The islands we visited had small quaint towns that dated back to medieval times. The city was bustling and definitely felt like the center for commerce in the country. Russia at that time desired a closer connection to the rest of Europe via the sea, and the founding of St. Petersburg allowed for Russia to pursue a greater role in European affairs due to its ability to project naval power more directly. I had not done a lot of research up to this point and what I subsequently learned was very interesting and in some ways validated my initial impression. We ended up at an amazing sushi restaurant owned by an Italian chef who had lived and studied sushi making in Japan for some time. With me getting close to a possible career change this week, I have never felt happier in my life. It's been close to a month since I left Kentucky to go back to Dallas to start a career change. This most unnatural style of crossing the street proved to be incredibly effective. Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. We decided to celebrate his arrival at a classic French restaurant. Valparaíso has recently been named a UNESCO world heritage site for its confluence of 19th century architecture and thriving current urban art scene.

Our society is irreparably damaging the environment. What strikes me the most about Singapore is the mix of eras, cultures, architecture, and nationalities.

The combination of Greek hospitality, ocean air, sun, and an Aperol Spritz made you feel like all was right in the world.

The energy was particularly evident on the night we arrived because there was a big soccer match of Chile vs. Argentina, a rivalry that goes back a few centuries. Grass, roots, and moss grow into the temple structure and give the impression of a long lost culture just recently discovered.

Coming from a city as young as Phoenix, it is a novel concept for me, a prominent neighborhood that falls and is forgotten, only to be restored to a new prominent identity 130 years later. I only later found out about the river snakes that also like to float down the river and were probably enjoying the journey along with us. By the time I left I convinced myself that Bentleys must be significantly cheaper here, simply an average luxury sedan, as that could be the only explanation for the sheer volume of them on the street. We spent another full day out in the English countryside exploring Bath and the Cotswolds.

We decided on a more “relaxed” night out so we walked a few blocks from our apartment to a bar district but were assured this was a more chill bar district than others. It was fascinating for me to observe John interact with the architectural spaces and I learned a lot from what he noticed and reacted to. Every other building was graffitied over and every tenth building sat abandoned. The conditions were spacious but rural. While Scotland had given me a good exposure to this, it was even more pronounced for me in Ireland. Cheekily referred to as "the end of the world," Ushuaia is in fact the southernmost city on the globe. We decided to cap off the trip with drinks and dinner. Gazing out over the rooftops of town you could see the medieval architecture transition to modern styles and the cathedrals transition to billboards. The views and natural landscapes were some of the most beautiful I have ever laid my eyes on. This style was reflective of the boom the area felt in the late 18th century and represents the hopefulness and progressive attitudes of the industrial revolution. Many languages, nationalities, and styles were represented but the overall message was the same. The city of Heidelberg was founded in the 12th century, and is home to about 150,000 residents, one quarter of which attend the famed University of Heidelberg. Arequipa is known as a Spanish island in an indigenous sea and its European influence is seen on every street. A great place for pictures in the pagoda on the water. After we arrived in Hue and settled into our hotel, we visited the Imperial Citadel. This small hippie town is right on the water and a summer retreat for many families from the big cities. December 20, 2018 December 16, 2018 / zitaleebond. Situated on the eastern slopes of the Andes in southwest Argentina near the Chilean Border and next to lake Nahuel Huapi, the city is uncannily similar to a Swiss or German Alpine town.

We ended the day taking turns swinging on a terrifying and gigantic swing that basically catapults you over a cliff. The first few nights were spent in Edinburgh, both the literal and cultural capital of Scotland.

Even the average mountains dwarfed anything from home and the icebergs made our large ship look like a pool toy. // Jeff. The last stop of the day was one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life – Postojna Cave. All the shoes were incredibly dirty - evidence of a harrowing journey to the camp.

If it happens that I will be working with their Japanese branch in, I don't know, 20-30 years from now, then I probably will be fine with it. Australia was no different and for a country that is as socially responsible as Australia, it was sad to see that even Australia could not avoid the negative impacts of pollution and global warming. Ireland is a country to watch in the next few decades. It was in stark contrast to the impression you would get in an average American city during the week – the population absorbed with their work or the daily travails of their lives, only looking to the weekend to provide temporary solace to the unrelenting daily grind.

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