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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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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Chichen Itza, A Slice of the Mayan World

In the last week of April, I took a tour from Cozumel to the Yucatán peninsula to visit the ancient Mayan archaeological site, Chichen Itza. Even though each way took three hours because of a ferry ride to the mainland and a shuttle service, it was well worth it.  Chichen Itza (At the edge of the […]

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A Minute in Manila

When I visited Manila, Philippines for work in October, I didn’t have much time to explore because of my schedule and the city’s unbelievable traffic. However I was fortunate to visit Fort Santiago and Cathedral Manila, and as my hotel was in the business district, Makati, I shopped in several of Manila’s well-known malls like […]

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