Posts by: Dallas Smith

Visiting the Ruins of Ancient Troy

Day Two: Troy Our merry tour group was driven by bus for about four hours south of Istanbul to tour the ruins of the ancient city of Troy.  The story of the fall of the city of Troy was immortalized by the legendary prophet Homer in the Iliad.  Homer told the tale of a ten-year[…]

A Tour of Istanbul

My Second Trip to Turkey I first visited Turkey in 1971, back-packing overland enroute to India (my very first India trip) with my German friend, Gert.  We flew from East Berlin (communist GDR at that time, and the source of cheap student air tickets), via Budapest to Istanbul.  We arrived at night, and I’ll never[…]

From Reno to Istanbul

This is the first blog post of my current monthlong trip, comprised of a two-week Turkish tour, a few days in Jordan, and finally, ten days in Israel. Our departure from Reno was delayed slightly by the arrival of Air Force One, a beautiful Boeing 747 carrying President Obama to a political event in Reno.  […]

Wine Tasting in Las Vegas

Throughout most of my adult life, I’ve lived relatively frugally.  I don’t indulge very often in expensive habits…Skiing is one.  So it is pure decadent indulgence to fly down to Las Vegas for the Wine Spectator magazine’s annual gourmet wine tasting.  Indeed, this was a new life experience for me.  I have my good friend[…]

I Love My Job

  A couple of decades ago, my wife Susan and I worked as entertainers on cruise ships.  Often the entertainers sat together at mealtimes.  A common observation was that the job of being a comedian was the most difficult of all the entertainers.  Having to be funny for ten or fifteen minutes before a group[…]

Perspectives on Swedish Culture

This blog was written in April, 2009, while on tour with my Swedish-Indian band, Mynta. Personal perspectives on Swedish Culture Rural Sweden in Early October Let me begin by saying that I love my country.  I consider myself to be mightily blessed to have been born in the USA.  I’ve heard similar sentiments expressed by[…]

Amazing Iceland

We flew overnight via Iceland Air, leaving Minneapolis in the early evening, and arriving in the early morning after a six-hour flight. We rented a car for our island travels (which was very expensive–$560 for four days in a Subaru station wagon).

Dinner With Pakistanis

For the past few years, Susan and I have been hosting foreign visitors who tour the US sponsored by the State Department and the Northern Nevada International Center. We have hosted Chinese, Russians, Turks, various Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans. We even provided accommodations to a mayor from a village in Tajikistan for ten days.
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