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Say What?? Travel Photo: Foot Etiquette

Buddhist temples, much like all religious structures, have a certain code of etiquette attached to them, the most important of which deal with ones feet. Often times, it can be difficult for western visitors to know these rules, so someone in the dzong (former fortress now serving as a temple and civic center) in Punakha, […]

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Say What??–”Fire Prevention”

The Chinese like to smoke. A lot. “No Smoking” signs are no deterrent. So it’s no wonder that the Chinese government goes to great lengths in its UNESCO World Heritage Sites (at least the two that I visited) to remind folks to take measures against fire prevention. Amongst the sheer beauty of the hike up […]

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Asian Adventure: The Highlights

12 weeks. 7 countries. 9 flights, 2 train rides and 34 bus journeys. These numbers sum up my 3 month adventure across the Asian continent. Along the way, I traveled by every possible means of transport imaginable…foot, bike, boat, bus, songthaew, car, van, train, tuk-tuk, motorbike and, of course, airplane. I met some truly wonderful […]

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“Shangri-La”…Supposedly

Greetings from Shangri-La. No, really. I’m actually in a city called Shangri-La! That name seems to illicit the same response from people unfamiliar with this part of China, one that cannot believe that there’s actually a place called Shangri-La. “Shangri-La” is, of course, a fictional place from James Hilton’s fictional novel “Lost Horizon.” So how is […]

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