Tagged: history

Finding Genghis Khan in Mongolia

I wrote yesterday about the importance of horses to the development of the Mongolian empire. But it wasn’t just the horses that allowed the Mongolians to conquer most of the world. It was also their advanced military tactics. Genghis Khan (1162 –...

Canberra: The (Surprise) Capital

We arrived back in Sydney from Hobart with just enough time for a good night’s rest (thanks to the whisky) before hopping in a car to head to Canberra (pronounced Ca-buruh). Haven’t heard of it? That’s too bad. It’s the...

Un-Bolivia-Able

It’s 5:00 a.m. at the airport in La Paz, Bolivia. I’ve just landed and I’m walking up to a cubicle with $160 in US currency to pay for a tourist visa. As I hand the customs officer the money, she looks...

[Nearly] Locked Up Abroad in Punta Arenas

Generally speaking, I hate to make general statements; however, in this case, I’ll say something in general. People from the States don’t travel as much as people from other countries. Perhaps it’s because we have so much to see and...

Antarctica Episode Three: The Back Story

Welcome back to the “Antarctica Episodes” here on GreenerGrass.com. In our last episode, we covered The Wildlife. This time, we’re talking about the role humans have played throughout Antarctica’s history. Here goes… For most of human history, Antarctica lay undiscovered...

Valparaiso: A History Lesson

Valparaiso is a name that appears throughout history. For example, on March 28, 1814 during the War of 1812, the U.S.S. Essex was sunk by the British in the harbor there killing 58 marines. There’s a touching memorial in the...

Walking 25 Miles in Edinburgh

Since I’d been working in Northamptonshire for the week, I thought I’d tag on a quick trip to Scotland for the weekend. As you probably could tell from my last post, I’m an unabashed Anglophile. But, I’ve never been super...

Peruvian Esteem

It’s taken me awhile to put pen to paper (or, more truly, fingers to keyboard) on this one. I’d love to tell you that there’s a simple explanation like I’ve been too busy. However, in all honesty, it’s been because...

Reflections on Sydney

If Paris is known for kissing, Copenhagen for bikes, Cape Town for Table Mountain, and Hong Kong for shopping. Then, Sydney must be known for beer. Because they drink a lot of it. But there’s a lot more to this...