History/Culture

A Piece of North Wales History for BKZ Merchant Services

A Piece of North Wales History for BKZ Merchant Services

by Erin McNelis One of the wonderful things about living and working in Montgomery County is the daily union of modern conveniences and rich history. For BKZ Merchant Services, that union has taken center stage this summer. The 14 year-old company, owned by local entrepreneur Bob Zimmerman, recently moved their offices to 217 East Montgomery Avenue in North Wales, which […]

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3 Cultural Festivals for End of Summer Fun

by Betsy Natter The Philadelphia area is rich with cultural heritage and Montgomery County is no exception. As a way of sharing their ethnic heritage, culture, food and artistry with their communities, three local organizations are inviting the local community to join in their annual festival celebrations. Stop by one or more to learn about […]

Montgomerian on the Move: Riding Switchbacks to Sunset

Montgomerian on the Move: Riding Switchbacks to Sunset

by Anna Idler All GPSes were faulty. The small one attached to our rental car’s dashboard kept showing us going off the designated route and struggling to “recalculate”; our two phone maps showed us being close to the road we needed to get on, but provided no direct way to get there. “There” being Talaia […]

Montgomerian on the Move: Enjoying What The Planet Gives Us, in Lagos

Montgomerian on the Move: Enjoying What The Planet Gives Us, in Lagos

Anna Idler   “Hey! Thanks for picking me up!” I throw my backpack into the seat and climb into the surf guide’s truck. “No problem,” he says as he closes my door. Climbs back in. “Where are you from?” “Philadelphia! The U.S.” “Ah,” he chuckles. “I knew you were American.” “Oh man I’m sure you […]

Montgomerian on the Move: Finding Hope in Space

Montgomerian on the Move: Finding Hope in Space

Anna Idler I bought a collage from a local Portuguese artist while exploring the beautiful streets of Lisbon the other day. Three little blond girls stand with their backs to the viewer, looking at Earth. I couldn’t say why I bought it at first – “I just really like it,” I said to Rachel, who […]

Montgomerian on the Move: Hitting the Bull’s Eye in Pamplona

Montgomerian on the Move: Hitting the Bull’s Eye in Pamplona

by Anna Idler “There is a man reading a newspaper front of us.” Rachel poked my arm and motioned to the front of the crowd. Though my five-foot frame doesn’t allow me to see much in these congested situations, I managed to locate him: she was right. An elderly man in a red “Pamplona” bandana […]

Montgomerian on the Move: A Young Girl’s Courage Lives On at 263 Prinsengracht

Montgomerian on the Move: A Young Girl’s Courage Lives On at 263 Prinsengracht

Anna Idler “I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.” – Anne Frank Amsterdam is set up like one giant circle. Read: the most ideal set-up for a not-so-savvy map reader like me. I loved this city. The streets are neatly divided by beautiful canals. […]

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Montgomerian on the Move: Travel’s Tough, Get a Helmet

by Anna Idler “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace This bike is way too tall for me and I don’t know why I’m refusing to believe it, I thought to myself pedaling through Howard Place in Edinburgh, Scotland last Monday […]

Montgomerian on the Move: New Friends in New Places

Montgomerian on the Move: New Friends in New Places

Anna Idler “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill One of my favorite aspects of our trip so far is the people we have met. I love and miss my friends at home, but I really enjoy the freedom of meeting new people on the road I otherwise would […]

Montgomerian on the Move: A Piece of Home in Ireland

Montgomerian on the Move: A Piece of Home in Ireland

by Anna Idler At 10:30pm in Dublin this past Wednesday night. Rachel and I were each in our little Avalon House bed, booking trains, writing blog articles and going over photos taken that day (even though the last 14+ hours had consisted mainly of airports). We were also dealing head on with jetlag that’s hit […]