lucinda E Clarke


One of the main things to see near the Old Town Square in Prague is the special clock.

It is currently being repaired and was covered with a sheet that only showed the picture of the clock.


This is a pic off the internet to show the real thing – when it is not covered by a sheet.

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It is an astronomical clock first installed in 1410, so I guess it is due for an overhaul. The 12 apostles pop out on the hour.

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I’m ashamed to admit I have no idea what this building is, but I like the architecture. I popped the signage into Google translate and it told me it’s the  Law School.


Now there were quite a few important and powerful people who didn’t want Isabella to marry Ferdinand but despite that, the two young people sign their…

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Travel 101: Romania Is Country #34 for Me

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

The Muppet Brothers arrived in Oradea, Romania Thursday evening. Romania is country #34 for me (a few less for brother Joel). I’ve visited more countries than some but less than others—but it’s not about the number.

For us it’s not about checking boxes it’s about harvesting experiences. We travel like nomadic Gypsies (Roma) always on the move. We are location-independent (technically homeless) and slō-travellers (seeing less but experiencing more).

Slō-travel means visiting fewer places but staying longer, seeing less but experiencing more. It’s budget travel on steroids—no five-star hotels or fancy all-inclusive resorts for us. We shoulder our rucksacks (and my photo gear) and travel cheap. This morning’s breakfast in Oradea cost us 11.50 RON or $2.87 USD pp: one large freshly ground & brewed coffee and two fresh-baked croissants for each of us. Dinner last night (excluding beer) cost us 19.90 RON or $4.96 USD pp

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A beary good day.

Lucky Otters Haven


I took a drive out to Lake Logan, about 30 miles from here.  The lake’s surface was so still it was like a mirror.  There was no human activity at all (this is a very isolated lake, but in the summer there is still quite a bit of activity from people camping in the area).


There’s a definite fall feel in the air even though the days are still hot and most of the leaves haven’t really begun to turn yet.   Summer is definitely over.

Driving back home along some back roads, was I in for a surprise!    This black bear was standing in the middle of the road and at one point was quite close, but he quickly lumbered off before I could grab my phone to get a closeup picture.   I managed to snap this photo before he disappeared back into the woods.  I guess he found…

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