Tag archive for ‘Column’
Cdr. Bud Slabbaert on Caribbean female leadership
By The Publisher On Sunday, May 19th, 2019
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Where is your mental maturity?

By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert The older I get, the more I start asking why, and I start questioning all the answers. Maybe it’s a remnant of the child in me. When children are getting to the age of three, they start asking More...

Sheriff star shield
By The Publisher On Thursday, March 7th, 2019
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Sheriff locked up; Deputy needed

Another case and a perfect example highlighting the fact that we are a young Constitutional State yet only in our infancy stage and we are to learn, adapt and grow as we go. Where our Constitution failed to elaborate More...

Same dog - different hat - Hilbert Haar - 20180912 MJGH
By The Publisher On Monday, October 15th, 2018
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Last letter from Luang Prabang

By Hilbert Haar On a Wednesday morning, I get up at 5.45 a.m. We’ll be on the road again today and I start thinking that we ought to slow down a bit. Nine countries in the not even one hundred days since we left More...

Tribal girl peddling trinkets - HH 20180929
By The Publisher On Monday, October 15th, 2018
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The Great (Train) Journey – part 7

By Hilbert Haar Super typhoon Magnkhut has missed Hanoi and barreled into southern China, so Myriam and I feel confident traveling back up north with the intention to visit the mountainous region of Sapa. Big mistake; More...

Same dog - different hat - Hilbert Haar - 20180912 MJGH
By The Publisher On Sunday, September 30th, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part 6

By Hilbert Haar We stay in the old center of Hanoi at the City Backpackers Hostel on Bat Su Street. To say that the city is a bit overwhelming is an understatement. With 7.5 million inhabitants, 5 million scooters More...

Dorasan Station - 20180905 HH
By The Publisher On Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part 5

By Hilbert Haar Seoul is a city of 10 million, roughly 250 times the sizes of Dutch St. Maarten. Entering South Korea is not a problem, because Europeans do not need visa. Finding your way around town is another More...

At the Dinosaur Museum - 20180829 HH
By The Publisher On Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part 4

By Hilbert Haar On a Wednesday afternoon, we wander over to the visa center of the Chinese embassy in Ulaanbaatar. We ask someone why it is open now – since the official opening hours to apply for a visa to China More...

Tumen Ekh - 20180821 HH
By The Publisher On Monday, September 3rd, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part 3

By Hilbert Haar We leave Irkutsk on a Monday morning – rising early because the train leaves shortly after 8 a.m. for a trip of 22 hours to Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Our cabin is more luxurious than More...

At the Gagarin monument in Irkutsk - 20180818 HH
By The Publisher On Sunday, August 26th, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part two

By Hilbert Haar On a Thursday at 3 o’clock in the morning our train rolls into the main station in Irkutsk, with around 600,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in Siberia. Finally we are out of the digital More...

Beer-loving Ivan from Omsk on the train - 20180817 HH
By The Publisher On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part one

By Hilbert Haar This is how it began on a Sunday morning in Moscow. We took a taxi to the Kazanskaia station; that was already quite a little trip through town, but it only set us back 300 roubles, roughly $4.50. While More...