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Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro

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In October 2000, during one of my business trips, I had the chance to visit the site of statue of  Christo Redentor (Chist the Redeemer) atop of Corcovado, just outside the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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The Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

Located in the Old City of Istanbul, Sultan Ahmet  Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque was constructed by the 14th Ottoman ruler, Sultan Ahmet I.  The construction of the mosque was started in 1609 by architect Mehmet Agha and completed in 1616.  This mosque is the  most splendid mosque in Istanbul, and the only one with 6 minarets in the city and in the country.  Unfortunately only 4 minarets was captured in the above photograph.

And here is the one with the complete 6 minarets ...

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Blue Mosque 2

Blue Mosque

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Date of visit:      22 November 2012

Gateway Arch

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The Gateway Arch,  is the landmark of St. Louis, Missouri.  With a height of 192 meters, this modern architectural structure  is the tallest monument in the United States.

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This monument is the most important part of the Jefferson Expansion Memorial Park, built to commemorate the westward expansion of the United States

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Right behind this Monument runs the famous Mississippi River.  At the river bank, there is a statue of Mark Twain.

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Hurricane Ridge

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Hurricane Ridge, with an elevation of  5342 ft,  is one of the most beautiful spots within Olympic National Park, Washington.  The 17-mile drive to the Visitor Center is so amazing with plenty of vistas to stop by and take some photos

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Below are some photos I took from Visitor Center compound.  We didn’t have the chance to hike, since, as you can see,  the snow pile was still too high.

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Date of visit:  May 01, 2009

Indiana University Bloomington: Lux et Veritas

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Many  years ago, when I had just graduated from Gadjah Mada  University, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, a  visiting professor from Michigan University advised me to take my Master’s  degree at Indiana University.   He said I would love  Bloomington campus. 

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But I did not continue my education, I had entered into the workforce and lulled by a fairly high salary offered by a Multinational Company.  Continuing my education abroad became unattractive option.

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Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Indiana and I decided to stop by at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.  It was such a beautiful campus and I said to myself,  I would be well suited to this place if at that time I had  decided to pursue my education and studied here.

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