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From the Danube to the Susquehanna – Rivers of the World

Sunday, June 23, 2013

DH & I are on the road again, but this time much closer to home. Yet, looking at this photo, if I didn’t put a caption on it, I might think it was somewhere along the Danube

On my birthday yesterday we were in Wilkes-Barre, PA. For those of you unfamiliar with the East Coast, it’s in the northeastern part of the state about 30 minutes away from Scranton (a reference point for fans of “The Office”). Why our summer travels have taken us from Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest… to Wilkes-Barre is a story for another day.

Just as in Europe, there were families out enjoying the evening on and along the water.

Coal from this area once powered the USA and the local economy as well. The large houses in this next picture remind us of that. In the extreme right you can see a mosque and a church – a nice symbol of coexistence.

Unfortunately the mines have been closed for over 50 years.

The downtown area close to the river has its share of abandoned buildings, many of which are being demolished or refurbished. Condos near the river seem to be the plan. We had dinner in a lovely Thai restaurant.

I was happy to see the efforts being made here and grateful that the buildings didn’t have to be removed because of war damage as was the case as we traveled through the Balkans.

There’s still much to do and I’m sure it will take time.

As this plaque explained – it’s a “rebirth” - a rather appropriate theme on my birthday when I consider where I've been, where I am and what I still need to do.
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