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Gateway to Bhutan: The City of Paro

Gateway to Bhutan: The City of Paro

The city of Paro is the landing point for most tourists into the country of Bhutan. It straddles the paro chhu river and is surrounded by farms and fields of rice. Perched…

The Touts And Sharks Of Shanghai China

The Touts And Sharks Of Shanghai China

I arrived in the early evening to Shanghai and leaped into a cab to weave my way through the streets of the city. The sparkling high-rises of Pudong reflected in…

Sites, Sounds and Tastes of Oaxaca, Mexico

Sites, Sounds and Tastes of Oaxaca, Mexico

Free concerts at the Macedonio Alcala Theater, speciality cocktails at Los Danzantes and sophisticated food at Casa Oaxaca all nestled in the charming colonial city of Oaxaca – who knew! The…

Chaotic Streets and Blissful Views of Jodhpur, India

Chaotic Streets and Blissful Views of Jodhpur, India

Towering over the bustling maze of streets and blue buildings of Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh Fort. In order to reach it, you must travel up a winding hill on small…

Step Back In Time at the Temple of Edfu, Egypt

Step Back In Time at the Temple of Edfu, Egypt

As the morning mist lifted like a shroud, the silhouette of the Temple of Edfu appeared. The coolness of morning still hung in the air as I left my guide…

The Ancient Walled City of Ping Yao, China

The Ancient Walled City of Ping Yao, China

I arrived in the walled city of Ping Yao in the early morning, emerging from the train into the chilly air. I hadn’t expected it to be so cold, and…

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The Colorful Tiled City of Sao Luis, Brazil

The Colorful Tiled City of Sao Luis, Brazil

Still glistening in the late afternoon sun, the tiled walls of Sao Luis’ historic center surrounded me. The tiles or “Azulejo” are a tin glaze, ceramics that are prevalent in Portuguese buildings…

The Intricate Woven Textiles of Bhutan

The Intricate Woven Textiles of Bhutan

Feet extended and fingers worn from the many strands of thread, the young Bhutanese woman slammed her wooden paddle into the delicate weave below. She then bent close to the…

The Revolutionary Murals Of Mexico City

The Revolutionary Murals Of Mexico City

While visiting Mexico City, you will see the brash and colorful murals that grace so many of its walls. They are scattered throughout the city on the insides and outsides…

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