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Born and raised in western South Dakota, I developed an interest in travel and photography very early. In fact, it was during the first family trip I remember, one to numerous national parks in the western US and Canada when I was about 7, though things didn't really get going until I got to Europe in my junior year at university. Since that time I have traveled in some 75 countries on six continents. Among the more ambitious trips: overland from Europe to Singapore and from Mexico to Argentina.

Beyond travel, my interests include photography -- I've been taking pictures since I was seven -- music -- especially Baroque choral works -- German-to-English translation, politics, and computer-related subjects such as Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and (now) web-page design.

Professionally, I hold a B.A. in German from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and a Master's in English as a Second Language from St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont. At present, I teach English at Sultan Qaboos University near Muscat, Oman. My wife, Myra, and I have lived here since 1988. We have also lived and worked in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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