I Bet You've Never Seen This Statue Before, Neither Had I Until This Morning - The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal
"If they kill me, I will rise again in my people." Archbishop Killed by his Government Closer to Sainthood
Oscar Romero, the 4th Archbishop of San Salvador, (recently anointed Servant of God by Pope Francis) was assassinated by the El Salvador government in 1980 while offering Mass to the people he served.
Archbishop Romero is an El Salvador national hero for his role in resisting human rights violations that were occurring in the lead-up to the Salvadoran Civil War.
He anticipated his own death.
Romero was assassinated because he spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. Forty people were subsequently murdered at his funeral outside the Cathedral in El Salvador. He was beatified by the Catholic church on May 23.
Today, the Monument to Truth and Memory stands in the Salvadoran capital to honor the 75,000 civilians who lost their lives in the Salvadoran Civil War. To date, the unfinished wall contains nearly 30,000 names.
That's why Steves went to Iran when given the opportunity by his show on public television.
Travel can change your life. The trip to El Salvador changed Rick Steves' life.
Hear what he said about El Salvador, Iran, Europe, and travel...
Rick's full Ted Talk
Culture is Not Your Friend: Legislating Morality Ruins Society
Rick Steves: Corporations in Europe vs America
A tale of two countries: Does your birthplace limit where you can afford to travel?
It could mean the difference between having to stay in an airport during a 12 hour layover in Amsterdam versus venturing out for a brownie.
Are these limitations on freedom?
A popular Mediterranean excursion from Antalya, Turkey is a cruise on a gulet, a traditional Turkish sailboat.
See below for more on Rick's exciting travels through Turkey and his Ted Talk about travel. Taking it to heart will really change your outlook on the world.
Check out this video of Rick Steves' awesome gulet cruise...
Tea for everyone is the Turkish way.
Check out Rick's other adventures through Turkey.
Rick's Ted Talk (and seeing the world!) can help change your perspective of our amazing world.
Rick's Turkey Travel Forum
Check out this series of videos on Turkey and Greece from our favorite world traveler, Rick Steves. Read more about Rick, his fabulous gulet cruise, and Turkish Dreamland: Heaven on Earth, below. Don't forget to watch Rick's Ted Talk entitled, 'The Value of Travel.' You can find it here or scroll down to watch the video.
From Rick Steves on Facebook:
Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of over 50 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.
Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Rick Steves' Europe (RSE), a business that has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 90 full-time employees. RSE offers free travel information through its Travel Center, website (www.ricksteves.com), and travel newsletters. RSE also runs a successful European tour program that attracts around 18,000 travelers annually.
Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening our perspectives through travel. He is also committed to his own neighborhood. He's an active member of the Lutheran church (and has hosted the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's national video productions). He's a board member of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). And Rick has provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.
- Rick Steves spends about a third of every year in Europe, researching guidebooks, filming TV shows, and making new discoveries for travelers. Rick was divorced in March 2010. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.
Check out Rick's gulet cruise out of Antalya, one of many spectacular towns along the "Turkish Riviera."
More from Amazing Turkey:
Turkish Dreamland, Heaven on Earth
Rick Steves Ted Talk: The Value of Travel
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