Denmark — A Tribute to the Non-Winners

In April and June 2017, I traveled to Denmark, the Netherlands, the U.K., France and Spain, and I have to say, by far, hands-down, the most inspirational place I saw was Copenhagen, Denmark. Spain gets second place for being an incredibly enlightening surprise—historically, educationally and socially; but the history of Denmark (its preservation of old…

Byodo-In Temple: A Replica of Japan’s

It’s almost unbelievable that a person can grow up on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu and never have visited the Valley of the Temples, much less the Byodo-In Temple. I mean, at first sight of the Temple in a picture, you think, “Yes, I would go there at least once.” How could you not? Well,…

The Forbidden City: Meh.

It was hot during the entirety of our tour through China. And I mean, it was hot. So imagine our surprise when the long-awaited day to visit the Forbidden City arrives, and it was pouring rain. The rain was so heavy we could barely see where we’re going (a nice hiatus from the visually impairing…