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2014

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Southern Asia
For a one-night trek, climb to the Thousand Fairies Camp, 12,467 feet above the town of Paro. The next morning, descend to Tiger’s Nest, a 17th-century monastery built into the side of a cliff. The guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan,...
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Each Spring the Paro Festival or Tsechu takes place in Paro, Bhutan. The festival is a wonderful event to witness. Masked, barefoot dancers jump and twirl, while trying to subdue evil spirits and celebrate the teachings of Buddha. The event takes...
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Ura, Bhutan
Amongst the patchwork of fields a long string of maroon robed figures wended its way towards us over stiles, along rickety wooden fence lines and across streams on stone slab bridges. The aged high lama and his retinue were conveying an ancient...
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Bhutan
After hiking for six hours in a remote area of Bhutan, I was dragging. When this elderly woman in rubber boots charged past me and speedwalked up the rocky hill, I took the challenge and forged ahead. I never did catch up to her.
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Paro, Bhutan
It's kind of sad really, and I know that it makes things rough on my traveling companion, but I am motion intolerant. And not a little bit- a LOT motion intolerant. I spend the bulk of my travels with one of those extremely toxic patches behind my...
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Punakha, Bhutan
Yes, it is a huge phallus and you can see them painted everywhere in Bhutan but specially in Punakha. They caused the same reactions in our group as they did in the locals we had with us - first of giggles and then the comments started. Although...
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Saquisilí, Ecuador
Everyone who visits Ecuador knows about Otavalo market: the weavings, the sweaters, the friendly vendors. Well, Saquisili has all those and more. There's street food (grilled chicken feet anyone?), a shoe section, a live animal market and more...