Remembering 9/11 at the the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

It’s been almost 16 years since that horrific Tuesday morning when the world watched New York’s skyline change forever. Sixteen years since fundamental changes happened.  Sixteen years since the first major attack on US soil since Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor in WWII. Sixteen years since the start of two different wars plus numerous other small armed conflicts.  Sixteen years since my complete unawareness of this world politics ended.  A few months ago, I made the long trip to New York City.  I wanted to pay my respects and visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – Amusment that never came to Pripyat, Ukraine

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my dark tourism tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  Pripyat, Ukraine was a  hip young city in Ukraine that was virtually unknown outside of the region.  That anonymity was elevated to infamy in the early hours of  26 April 1986.  Just a few miles away from the city was the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station (Cherynbol, the Soviets couldn’t call it the Lenin disaster after all). Continue Reading . . .