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Famous Colombians

Famous Colombians – Top Ten List

September 21, 2021 6:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This week marks my first foray into international travel in a year and a half. That is, since the beginning of the pandemic. I am currently in Medellín, Colombia. I will start my exploration of this beautiful country by identifying ten famous Colombians. Famous Colombians: Number One Singer Shakira Isabel... read more

Famous Burmese

Famous Burmese: Top Ten List

February 2, 2021 6:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This post on Famous Burmese first appeared in July, 2019. After the military coup in Myanmar yesterday, I will repost over the next few days several of the blogs I wrote during my visit there. I’d like my readers to be able to inform themselves about the country from some... read more

Ten Famous Ethiopians

Ten Famous Ethiopians – A Travel Blog

November 24, 2020 6:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In advance of Thanksgiving, CBS ran a feature on food. The segment “Celebrating Black Influence on American Cuisine” introduced Marcus Samuelsson. Over two years ago I included  him in my blog Ten Famous Ethiopians. (He’s also now the title image.) During the pandemic I am reposting blogs that once again... read more

famous Miamians

Famous Miamians – Top Ten

December 13, 2019 6:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I thought coming up with a list of famous Miamians would be a snap. In fact, it was not. The difficulty arose from the complexity and dynamism of the city itself. More simply said: it’s not easy to figure out who counts as a Miamian. For the title image I... read more

Famous Bulgarians

Famous Bulgarians – Top Ten

August 6, 2019 6:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This past week I hung out in Balchik, Bulgaria. Thus I had the opportunity to speak with the locals about famous Bulgarians. Once again, I had lots of fun with my project. People the world over like to name who among them deserve a claim to fame. Famous Bulgarians Historical:... read more

famous Japanese

Famous Japanese: Top Ten List

May 24, 2019 6:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Where to start? There are so many famous Japanese. Title image: Ieyasu Tokugawa (1543-1616), founder of the Tokugawa shogunate that effectively ruled Japan from 1600 – 1868.  I did not, however, include him on my list below. I focused on more recent figures. But, as historical figures go, Tokugawa was... read more

(Un)translatables: Japanese Top Ten

May 17, 2019 6:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

(Un)translatables – my term – are words in one language that may take a paragraph to explain in another language … and still not quite get it right. (Title Image: Hokkaido University, kanji: ‘Japanese language’) All languages have them. Japanese has some really good ones. (Un)translatables in Japanese: The Bad... read more

famous Koreans

Famous Koreans: Top Ten List

May 7, 2019 6:13 pm Published by

When I go to a new place, I now practice anchoring my experience by finding out about the country’s famous people. I always ask locals for suggestions. Naturally, I asked Koreans for some famous Koreans. However, I didn’t have to ask anyone for my #1. Famous Koreans: Historic King Sejong... read more

famous North Carolinians

Famous North Carolinians: Top Ten

October 9, 2018 3:53 pm Published by

When I land in a new country I like to ask the locals who their famous sons and daughters are. Well, I just returned home to North Carolina after being abroad for 4 months, and it occurred to me to make a list of famous North Carolinians. Famous North Carolinians:... read more