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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

June 29, 2011

This is little more than a “stick a pin in the map” entry. One for the travelogue, lacking in reflective thought, and very far from the original intent of these pages. Just a quick hop to St. Andrews to take in a round of golf.

Am I the world’s worst golfer? A strong case could be made for that, yes.


March 2, 2009

Since beginning this journey I’ve been fortunate to visit pivotal capitals in world history: Rome, London, Sarajevo and now, Vienna. Pictured above is the Hofburg Imperial Palace, which served as the setting for this year’s International Atomic Energy Association’s annual formal ball. I do not exact...

February 22, 2009

For those of you in the movie quoting business, you'll recognize today’s title from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Indy says it three times during his whirlwind tour of canals, ancient tombs and romantic moments. Being the fan I am, I felt the need to say the line myself as I stepped off the...

February 9, 2009

With a few days left in our break in between semesters over here, some friends and I have hopped a bus to the Croatian coastal town of Dubrovnik. Situated on the Adriatic, it’s a bit warmer that Sarajevo, which is welcome. Unfortunately, it shares a similar history with Sarajevo: it was, for a time,...

February 4, 2009

I knew two things about Sarajevo growing up:

1. It hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics

2. Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated here in 1914, precipitating the First World War

However, I confess I may have once conflated the two on a history exam and stated the Archduke was assassinated AT an Olympic ceremon...

October 27, 2008

That title is a euphemism used to explain that someone has converted to Catholicism. However, I’m using it because I actually got to cross the Tiber on my way to Vatican City.

I took a quick side trip down to Rome, my first. The Eternal City. A cross roads of history. I wasn’t there very long. In fac...

October 23, 2008

SAIS recently arranged a trip to London to visit financial institutions and offices as part of a “career trek.” Student, myself included, who might be interested in pursuing a career in finance of some kind were invited to participate and get a sense of what that world looks like.

And what a time to...

August 24, 2008

I can now check the following item off my “Life’s To Do List”:

Travel to Italy.

To many, this has probably been easily done and for some, probably done many times over. I have harbored this goal for well over a decade and every time the plan was in motion, no matter how remedial or advanced, something...

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