Archive | October, 2010
October 21, 2010

POTD: Theresienstadt Cell Block A

theresienstadt

theresienstadt

Cell Block A, located in the Small Fortress in Terezín, Czech Republic. Beginning in 1940, the Small Fortress was used by the Gestapo to house prisoners, including Allied POWs. It is near the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

October 20, 2010

POTD: Stuck in no man’s land at the Georgia/Armenia border crossing

georgia armenia border crossing

georgia armenia border crossing

Waiting in no man’s land at the Georgia/Armenia border so we could complete the final leg of our Baku-Tbilisi-Yerevan trip.

October 19, 2010

POTD: Mass dance formation near the Juche Tower

A group of North Koreans stand in formation after the conclusion of a mass dance in front of the Tower of Juche Idea. The strange building in the background is the Ryugyong Hotel.

October 18, 2010

POTD: Moscow State University

“We won the war … foreigners will come to Moscow, walk around, and there’s no skyscrapers. If they compare Moscow to capitalist cities, it’s a moral blow to us”. – Josef Stalin

Back in the summer of 2003 I took Russian language courses at Moscow State University’s Center for International Education. Unfortunately, our classes weren’t held on the main university campus, but we did visit it occasionally to use the computer labs and play basketball. The main building that dominates the campus is one of the original “Seven Sisters” skyscrapers that Stalin ordered built in Moscow. It was constructed in the early 1950s by thousands of prisoners, most of whom were captured German POWs. This was the tallest building in Europe until 1990, and remains the tallest educational building in the world.

October 17, 2010

POTD: Mother Armenia

A statue of Mother Armenia located in Yerevan’s Haghtanak (Victory) Park.

October 16, 2010

POTD: Calzoni, North Korean style

Some calzoni we ordered at a Western-style cafe in Pyongyang. They were more like giant eggrolls with ketchup on top.

October 15, 2010

POTD: Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square)

One of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary.

October 14, 2010

POTD: Tucker at Assateague

One of my favorite dogs at one of my favorite beaches. I’m heading out to Assateague Island this weekend for some well-deserved relaxation.

October 13, 2010

POTD: Crumbling fortress in Herceg Novi

fortress in Herceg Novi

fortress in Herceg Novi

The walls of a Venetian-era fortress now crumbling into the bay of Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

October 12, 2010

POTD: The Sphinx

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sphinx

The Great Sphinx of Giza, built c. 2500 BC.