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Email: Greetings from Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina

Posted on Mar 19, 2010

Iguazu Falls, which is located on the Parana River between Brazil and Argentina, is one of the great waterfalls of the world. Legend has it that when Eleanor Roosevelt first saw it, she said, “Poor Niagara!”. Iguazu consists of 275 distinct falls along a 2.7km (1.7m) stretch of river. Two thirds of the falls are in Argentina and average about 64 meters (210 ft) in height, with the most impressive one being the U-shaped Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat!) which is 82 meters (269 ft) high. To maximize our visit we chose to spend time viewing the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides.

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Email: Greetings from Montevideo, Uruguay

Posted on Mar 19, 2010

We are on the last full day of our trip through central South America, having arrived in our fourth and final country, Uruguay. It is the smallest Spanish-speaking country in South America, having only about four million inhabitants. Since it borders Argentina and Brazil many people from those countries come to vacation in Uruguay ’s quaint towns, horseback ride on one of their ranches or relax on their beaches.

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Email: Greetings from Edinburgh, Scotland

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

It is Saturday morning and we are preparing to leave Edinburgh, our last stop in Scotland. We arrived here early Thursday afternoon after our last train pass journey from Fort William, via a change in Glasgow. With a population of about 500,000 (approximately 10% of Scotland’s 5.1 million total), arriving here was a big change from the highlands and its low population density (70% of the population live outside the highlands). I had been in Edinburgh almost three years ago for a weekend during a UK business trip and the first thing that I noticed on our arrival was that the main street separating the old town and new town, Princes Street, was all torn up because of a new tram system being installed. That made for some slow going as we walked to our hotel from the train station.

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Email: Greetings from Fort William, Scotland

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

Lauren and I are now in Fort William, on the western side of Scotland and a major gateway to the highlands. Outdoor enthusiasts come here to hike or bike two major long distance routes from here: one to Glasgow and the other to Inverness. Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK, is also located here. The 4,406 feet summit can be climbed in one long day. We spent three days here enjoying the scenery while dodging rain storms.

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Email: Greetings from Stirling, Scotland

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

We are now in Stirling, which is one of the most historical spots in Scotland. The strategic location of the city, between Southern Scotland and highlands to the north led to many famous battles fought between the Scottish and English in the late 1200’s / early 1300’s. This history included such historical figures as Robert the Bruce, King Edward I and William Wallace of Braveheart fame. Stirling is set on a hill, with a beautiful old town rising from the River Forth. Cobblestone streets lead to a castle at the top of the city, overlooking the town and valley below.

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Email: Greetings from Aviemore, Scotland

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

Lauren and I are now in Scotland for 10 days, taking a mother / daughter trip to enjoy the country’s scenery and history the old fashioned way – by train. It is the first time in Scotland proper for Lauren and me (I have only been to Edinburgh on a weekend trip). Of course getting there is always half the fun, and after arriving in Manchester, England via a plane change in Chicago, we were ready for the journey north by train.

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