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Small Boats in Canals Mekong River Vietnam

A Mekong River Delta Tour in Vietnam

A short distance from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (or “Saigon” for everyone who lives there) is the Mekong River Delta. A Mekong River Delta Tour is one of a few short excursions from the city that every tourist seems to do. It’s a cheap ($7!) outing that only takes a day and allows you […]

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Sri Lanka

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

A highlight of our trip aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind was a stop in Sri Lanka! We had plans to take a Silversea excursion to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in the center of the country. Pinnawala has the largest number of captive elephants in the world (88!) and is nearly 40 years old. How to Get […]

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Foreign Currency Collection

The 10 Most Interesting Foreign Currencies

Over the years we have been fortunate enough to visit some pretty interesting places.  In the beginning, we were eager to buy stuff everywhere we went.  But over time we’ve come to value different things and often don’t bring anything back at all anymore.  One souvenir we almost always do keep is a bit of […]

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Spices for Sale at Durban's Victoria Street Market

The Top 10 Street Markets, Bazaars and Souks in the World

Exploring street markets can be the highlight of any destination and I’ve been lucky enough to explore my fair share from around the world.  The following are my top ten favorites and they span the globe from South East Asia to Africa to the Middle East and Australia.  Have you been to a market that […]

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Final alterations - like a scene out of the Godfather

Buying Custom Suits in Thailand

I’ll admit it – I absolutely hate buying clothes.  And the worst type of clothes to buy has to be suits which need to be measured and altered and usually involve more then one visit to the store.  I find the whole ordeal zero fun mostly because of how tedious the process of finding something […]

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Unhappy Chandra cold and in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal from Sundarijal to Chisapani

Recently Chandra and I found ourselves in India for a good friend’s wedding.  It wasn’t our first trip to India so we thought we’d check out a neighboring country while we were there and managed to get very reasonable flights up to Nepal.  After the wedding in Goa we flew back to Mumbai and then up to […]

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Jumping for joy in North Korea - can you believe I took this with the timer on the very first try?  Oh and Bakyeon Waterfall Pavillion behind me is pretty cool too.

Crossing the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea

Our convoy was ten coach buses long as we left Dorasan and already murmurs of excitement could be heard from the Korean-speaking passengers aboard. For many of us, the day had begun at four o’clock in the morning but sleep was the last thing on my mind as military vehicles took their places in front […]

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Prayer flags at Boudhanath Stupa kathmandu nepal

Boudhanath Stupa: Kathmandu, Nepal

In the Kathmandu Valley, along the trade route from Nepal to Tibet, lies the Boudhanath Stupa.  The stupa (Buddhist place of worship) is one of the largest in Nepal, and in fact, the world.  It is an oasis of religion; monks, prayer flags, prayer beads and mantas are set aside from the congested streets and piles of rubble […]

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