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CLASSICAL TRIVIA! The Awful German Language

CLASSICAL TRIVIA! The Awful German Language

If you’ve ever studied German (and maybe even if you haven’t), you’re likely to find this short essay to be hilarious. Published as Appendix D from Twain’s 1880 book A Tramp Abroad, this comedic gem outlines the pitfalls one will encounter when trying to wrap one’s mind around the torturous […]

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Mummers in Newfoundland

I grew up with the Mummers. I am from Philadelphia and mummery in the US is as unique to Philadelphia as Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. The tradition of Philadelphia Mummery started in the late 17th century as a continuation of the Old World customs of ushering in the New Year. […]

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What was the source of conflict between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams?

I am a dual citizen, having grown up in the US and but living in Canada since 1975. American children receive a strong grounding in their country’s history. Of course history at that age is taught with a biased boosterism. So, as a child I placed all those founding fathers in […]

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Why is India different from all other countries?

Andrew Ignatieff is a world traveller but is NOT world weary. Andrew has worked for many years in international development in all corners of the globe. But one place he had never been was India. India called to Andrew and he went. He has been back six times and become […]

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Who said, “Always take hold of things by the smooth handle?”

Who said, “Always take hold of things by the smooth handle?”

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–1809) and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). Jefferson was one of the most influential Founding Fathers, known for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States. […]

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The Weimar Republic – boning up for June trip to Germany

The Weimar Republic – boning up for June trip to Germany

  I suppose I am not alone in having gaping holes in what I assume should be common knowledge. The Weimar Republic is one such chasm. Classical Pursuits will be visiting Weimar this June as part of our Made in Germany trip. In planning this trip with the help of […]

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Nora Palmieri invites you to join her (and Ann) on a magic Indian carpet

Nora Palmieri invites you to join her (and Ann) on a magic Indian carpet

The last time I was in India was in the fall of 1988.  I still have trouble finding words to describe the experiences of those 5 weeks. How can I describe the feeling of stepping back in time to the Victorian era when we were invited to tea at the […]

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Behold the Botafumeiro: Santiago de Compostela’s Treasure

Now that my Camino journey is over – well, at least the daily walking part of it, I thought some might be interested in one of the most spectacular rituals associated with the pilgrimage. It is the Botafumerio, the largest incense burner in the world, that goes swinging across the […]

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INDIA – I’d love to go, but is it safe?

INDIA – I’d love to go, but is it safe?

I hear this often. I wanted to provide a reliable response, so I went to Lewie Gonsalves, President of Worldwide Quest and native of India. Here is what he said. “I have been leading trips to India for the past 35 years and regularly return to this exciting destination. Despite […]

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