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Friday, April 30, 2010

Thai Kickboxing, etc.

Still at the traditional village outside of Bangkok circa '97.  I enjoyed watching the kickboxing and colorful dancing!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Some More Scenes from Prague


I just love both of these views including the winding cobblestone streets.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

TD5


I wish these pictures could convey what I actually saw that night.  It was a feast for the eyes!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bangkok Village2


More dancing from this village.  I especially like the extended fingernails and the timed dancing between the sticks!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Still Longing for Georgia

Well, no pictures, no exciting travel stories in this post.  I just wanted to write about what's been on my mind today and really, for the last five months. You know, I have traveled all over the world to some great places.  While in the military, I lived in Bavaria for three years and what a beautiful area that was.  Later, I spent extensive time in Italy/Greece and really enjoyed both the countries and the people.  More recently in '06, I was in Slovakia and have wonderful memories of the times I shared with friends there.  Still, there's just something about Georgia that is difficult to quantify.  Is it the beauty of the country that calls me back?  Is it the hospitable nature of the people?  I think it goes deeper than that.  In Georgia, you can feel the suffering the people have endured over the centuries as it has been passed down in the collective consciousness.  Yet, you can also observe the positive attitudes they display every day despite past injustices.  Victimization is not used as a crutch in Georgia.  The people live every day to the fullest knowing that just being alive is the greatest gift of all.  I think it is this 'joie de vivre' that draws me back and makes me love this country like no other.

So, I must endure another 12 years of the rat race and then, I can live in Georgia forever!  As you can see, I have a disease for which there is only one cure . . .

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

TDP4

Notice the swords.  The video's even more amazing!

Bangkok Village

I visited this village just outside of Bangkok back in '97.  While there, I saw traditional Thai dancing, kick-boxing, etc.  I'll post all those pics in the next few days.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

TDP3


Another shot from the traditional dance I attended in the Repubic of Georgia last November!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Crocodile Farm!

These pictures were snapped back in '01 at a crocodile farm just outside of Bangkok.  I had thought of jumping in and saving the person being swallowed by the croc' but decided that you just have to let nature takes its course sometimes.  Right???

More Georgian Dancing!

A continuation of photos from the last few weeks.

St. Vitus Cathedral (Prague)


As my exploration of Prague's 'Old City' continued, I snapped these pictures of St.Vitus Cathedral, a part of the Prague Castle complex.  Please let me know which is your favorite!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kelly AFB Tour2

A T-38 that landed while we were inspecting the other aircraft.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Prague!


Here are three pictures of the 'Old City.'  I tell you, they don't make them like that anymore!  I posted a story about this trip in the past so just do a search on this site for 'Prague' in order to read more about it.

Kelly AFB Tour

Last Thursday, I got to take a tour of the flightline at Kelly Annex in conjunction with my job.  These pictures show a front view of a T-6 'Texan' trainer used to train student-pilots.  It was a very informative tour!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Traditional Dance Performance

I saw this performance just a few weeks before I left Georgia.  It was amazing and I can't believe I almost missed it!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Here's wishing a 'Happy Easter' to all my friends around the world. I wish I could be there with you!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Georgian Video: Music and Dancing!

Lilia, Here is a video of typical Georgian music/dancing played at a restaurant.
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