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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…

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…

An Epic Train Journey from Tibet to Beijing

An Epic Train Journey from Tibet to Beijing

In the morning I woke to the rhythmic clacking of train wheels. With sleepy eyes, I looked out the window and was jolted awake by the view: cliffs dropping away…

Decorative Arts, Silver, Rugs and Souvenirs in the Bazaars of Iran
The Intricate Woven Textiles of Bhutan
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An American’s Journey in Iran: The Misconceptions and Realities

An American’s Journey in Iran: The Misconceptions and Realities

No I was not kidnapped or detained for taking selfies in front of the American Embassy now referred to as “the den of espionage”. Instead my heart was captured by…

Decorative Arts, Silver, Rugs and Souvenirs in the Bazaars of Iran

Decorative Arts, Silver, Rugs and Souvenirs in the Bazaars of Iran

We have all heard about the quality and beauty of Iranian Persian silk rugs with their intricate woven patterns. But how much do we really know about what makes a…

Zoroastrian Cities of Mud & Fire in Yazd Iran

Zoroastrian Cities of Mud & Fire in Yazd Iran

Yazd in Iran is home to the largest population of Zoroastrians in the world whose fire temples and towers of silence overlook the mud brick cites of the desert valley. Fed…

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