Author: jdieman

Terra Cotta Warriors

In 246BC at the age of 13, Qin Shi Huang ascended the throne to become the first emperor of China. Soon after, he began building his mausoleum. Located in Xian, the site lay dormant...

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Houseboats in Holland

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is often called the Venice of the North. It boasts more bridges (1,753) than Venice. Bridges connect its 165 canals. And along these canals people live in houseboats...

Then & Now

There was a time, not so long ago, when wooden shoes were made by hand. Water resistant wooden shoes were needed for those who worked the land to protect their feet from the marshy...

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The “Modern” Kilt

As we’ve learned in the last three posts, the kilt, as we know it, evolved from an earlier version (feileadh mor) worn for hundreds of years. What precipitated the change? The modern kilt was...