Far Horizons Blog

Traveling along the Silk Road through Western China

Traveling along the Silk Road through Western China

A post-trip interview with 2016 trip participant, Kip Lilly   How long was your trip to China and where did you visit? This trip was two and a half weeks long and went west from Xian following the original Silk/Tea/Jade road (Dunhuang, Turpan, Hotan, Kashgar,...

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Myanmar: Land of Golden Pagodas

Myanmar: Land of Golden Pagodas

By Heather Stoeckley If there is one word to describe my experiences in Myanmar, it would be shwe.  It means ‘golden’ in the Burmese language, and from the moment of arrival, it epitomizes everything one sees in this enchanting country. This word is frequently used in...

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What’s the Origin of Ireland’s Name?

"In Gaelic myth, Ériu, Banbha and Fódla were three goddesses who greeted the Milesians upon their arrival in Ireland, and who granted them custody of the island. Ériu is generally believed to have been the matron goddess of Ireland, a goddess of sovereignty, or simply...

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“The Snake Kingdom” of the Ancient Maya!

“The Snake Kingdom” of the Ancient Maya!

The Petex-Batún is the most inaccessible and rarely-visited region of Guatemala. Today it is lightly populated, and yet more than 1,500 years ago Maya rulers jockeyed for supremacy as they created immense cities here. During the 1990s mounting evidence indicated that...

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Discover the Secrets of Petra

Discover the Secrets of Petra

The Lost and Found City of Petra Literally carved directly into vibrant red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces, the prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was “lost” to the Western world for hundreds of years.  Located amid rugged desert canyons and mountains in...

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The Maya Hieroglyphics…

The Maya Hieroglyphics…

Deep in the remote southern area along the border with Guatemala, recent excavations have exposed remains of pyramids and cities that until recently, were nearly impossible to reach. Hieroglyphic texts found here are changing our knowledge of the Maya by revealing...

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What is Easter Island’s “Tapati Festival?”

What is Easter Island’s “Tapati Festival?”

Easter Island lies at the southeastern tip of the Polynesian triangle and is one of the most remote spots on the planet. Surrounded by an endless ocean as blue as the sky and located 2,300 miles west of Santiago, Chile, this tiny dot of land is sixty square miles of...

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In Search of the Crown Jewel at Angkor, Cambodia

In Search of the Crown Jewel at Angkor, Cambodia

Cambodia... The alarm clock sounds at 5:15am; it is still dark despite the curtains being drawn.  I’m not a morning person by nature, but by now – our sixth day on the trip – I am used to our departures at dawn…  And, moreover, I understand their importance in our...

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Ethiopia and the Omo Valley

Ethiopia and the Omo Valley

The Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia is one of the last undiscovered places in the world. Three of Ethiopia’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites are found here and more than 200,000 people representing many different ethnic groups call the area home. Here you will...

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The Wonders of the Horn of Africa!

The Wonders of the Horn of Africa!

Ethiopia, formerly called Abyssinia, is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world. Perched atop Africa’s highest plateau, the country is protected by forbidding deserts and tropical lowlands. Despite its apparent mountainous isolation, Ethiopia has long been...

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Rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, Ethiopia

Rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, Ethiopia

After spending most of the day walking the narrow, rock-cut passageways below ground level that characterize the northern group of churches in Lalibela, it seems odd to have wide-open space and mountain air surrounding us as I stroll toward the Church of St. George,...

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Bob Brier’s new book on Egyptomania

Bob Brier’s new book on Egyptomania

Are you an Egyptophile at heart?  Well, Bob Brier - Far Horizons study leader for our trips to Egypt and Sudan - just published a new book that will validate your passion for all things Egyptian.  Egyptomania tells the long and vast story of how the world has always...

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Unlocking Past Traditions in London

Unlocking Past Traditions in London

“Hault, who comes there?” “The keys!” “Whose keys?” “Queen Elizabeth’s keys!”  Thus was the exchange between the sentry and the Chief Warder, in the dark of night, as our small group of privileged onlookers stood engrossed.  With that final statement to identify the...

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The Romans had wooden toilet seats?

The Romans had wooden toilet seats?

Sited along Hadrian’s Wall, the massive defensive fortifications that delineated the northern border of the Roman Britain, Vindolanda was one of the garrisons built to house soldiers. Excavations here have uncovered many exciting finds – officer’s residences and...

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