A lot of sports look easy until you try them, and nothing looks easier than windsurfing. You just stand up on a nice, wide surfboard, grab the bar that controls the sail and rocket across the white caps, right?
Rain and fog aren’t the best conditions for a hike, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me from conquering one of Germany’s highest mountains during a recent trip to Garmisch. Especially not after wind canceled my plans for paragliding for two days straight.
It all started with a leisurely trip to Fethyie, Turkey. My friend Brian Okes suggested that while we were in Fethyie, about a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Izmir, we should go paragliding. It sounded extreme, so I replied: “Why not?”
Whether you’re a nature buff or you just need a breather from the walking path you and Fido wear down daily, the largest protected wildlife and bird sanctuary within the German state of Hessen offers an enjoyable alternative in both winter and summer.
When the DOD determined last year that 659 overseas civilian employees, mainly in Europe and the Pacific, were receiving housing allowances in error — a contention refuted by the workers themselves — a one year LQA extension was provided to help employees plan for a future without the subsidy. That extension expires in early May.
Collective lamentation over the falling defense budget has been part of the Washington soundtrack for several years, but it’s not a tune you hear in the office of the new head of the Defense Department’s elementary and secondary schools.
After weathering a number of North Korean provocations during her first year on the job, South Korea’s president may be learning the same lesson as her predecessors: Her influence with North Korea is limited because so much depends on Pyongyang’s willingness to change and cooperate.
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