The Weaponization of Dubrovnik’s Old Town

The weaponization of cultural heritage is the politicized destruction of material culture as an ideologically motivated performance in conflicts. During my Masters dissertation, I focused on the connective themes between the siege of Dubrovnik and the ISIS occupation of Palmyra. The 20 year difference between Dubrovnik and Palmyra expresses development in the recurrent phenomenon and […]

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A Mystic Tour of Newgrange

Explore Ireland’s ancient past with a visit to Newgrange (Brú na Bóinne), a UNESCO World Heritage site.   Newgrange is a restored rock tomb from the stone age, and is older than the Egyptian pyramids. Some of the materials used to build this passage tomb were extracted from the Wicklow Mountains. During excavations, grave items and human […]

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Day-tripping Block Island

While it’s estimated that millions of Americans are traveling this Labor Day weekend, I was one of them. I took an impromptu day trip to Block Island. New Shoreham is considered to be the smallest town in Rhode Island. In the early afternoon, we took a high speed ferry from New London, Connecticut. When we […]

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Mount Etna Erupts Again

A few days ago, Mount Etna once again erupted with ashy plumes and lava. Its molten materials became projectiles that reached up to nearly 500 feet in the air.  Amazingly enough, two days after I hiked Mount Etna, it came to life – smoking and rumbling. Mount Etna is located outside of Catania on the east coast of […]

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The Dublin Experience – Best Places to Visit

Here are some of the best places to visit in Dublin! Temple Bar District. Located in the cultural quarter of Dublin, it’s an ideal area for pub-crawling and enjoying authentic Irish music. Many people visit the actual Temple Bar, but since it’s often over-crowded and has high prices due to it’s popularity with tourists, it’s […]

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Things to do in Lake George

A few weeks ago in June, a friend corralled a group of us to do a weekend trip up to Lake George. We stayed in a cabin with a lake view that offered outdoor activities like free boat rentals, volleyball/badminton, fire-pits, and a pool. It was only a mere 10 minute drive to the village. […]

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