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Tsetserleg, Mongolia
After crossing Russia by train from Finland, we entered Mongolia, a country we had both always dreamed about. We were lucky enough to stay in several gers (yurts) and spent our time looking for folk music and learning as much as we could about the...
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Løngangstræde 21, 1468 København, Denmark

I saw Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. play at this dirty little blues bar in Copenhagen. The place was packed with people dancing against each other, singing along, and clapping to the beat. Claudius, the band's captivating frontman, had us eating...

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Viale Galileo Galilei, 30/1, 30173 Venezia VE, Italy
On a humid morning in August, I landed at Aeroporto Marco Polo, hired a water taxi using my fragmented Italian, and struggled to carry my three suitcases down to the airport's dock. Tired and hot, I found my water taxi and collapsed on the seats...
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Tunisia
In 2008, I took my then 5-year old daughter to Tunisia to visit the family I lived with as an exchange student in 1987-88. That first time, as a teenager, was a trip that changed me completely! I wanted nothing less than to observe my daughter, at...
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Copacabana, Bolivia

Every morning at 10 o'clock sharp, the local taxi and minibus drivers line their vehicles up in front of the Cathedral of the Virgin of Copacabana to receive her blessing for health, wealth, and safety on Bolivia's notoriously treacherous...

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The most beautiful sunset I've ever seen
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Innsbrucker Str. 13 D, 82481 Mittenwald, Germany
Some friends had been hiking in Austria in May and had to cut the trip short because of an unexpected blizzard. After all day hiking in the snow and not prepared for it, we came to a hut that was open to guests run by a woman named Helga. Helga...
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Stairways, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Late that afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Rongshar and Menlung rivers, where a promontory of ancient glacial shelf rises several hundred feet above the two swollen rivers. On its summit, the blackened tin roof and broken adobe walls of...
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#277HEo, St Sisowat, Sangkat Phsar Kandal I, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12204, Cambodia
This summer, Keen generously donated hiking boots for all of our 80 Learning AFAR students! Typically, our students come from urban areas, and these trips offer their first experiences in nature. The majority of our students have never been hiking...
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Perla, Kerala 671552, India
This is Bangari, a 10 year old Kasaragod Dwarf cow. Standing 71 centimeters at the shoulder, she is believed to be the smallest cow in the world. Though the Guinness Book of World Records has yet to measure her, I was assured that she was the...
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McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Working at McMurdo Station offers no promise of seeing wildlife. However, one amazing summer weekend, a crowd of Adelies came to visit and observe the human contingency posted at Ross Island, Antarctica. Humans are prevented by order of the...
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Tangier 90060, Morocco
A group of men, actually what seemed to be every man in the city, were taking a moment out of their day to pray at their local cherished mosque. A sound alarmed and all the men stopped what they were doing to head there to pray. We didn't see any...
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Suzdal, Vladimir Oblast, Russia
Just before 6am, when the sky was still draped in black, my alarm wailed. Groggily, I rolled out of bed and proceeded to put on nearly every article of clothing I had in my possession. The object was to wear as many layers as humanly possible...
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Accra, Ghana
While in Ghana, I visited an unofficial IDP (internally displaced person) camp. Seeing the poverty firsthand was akin to a cold stream of water splashing over my body. This was a group of people who have fled their homes because of ethnic...
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Obrapia, La Habana, Cuba
Encarnito it's a character I met as I was walking down Obrapía in Old Havana. I peeked through the window and liked 'the picture'. He invited me in, and we talked for a long time. He faught in the second squadron during the revolution, under Raúl...
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Muze Yolu Cad. No:36/1 Goreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
For a truly spectacular experience that will take your breath away - take a smooth ride hot air ballooning over the cave city & fairy chimneys in Cappodica, Turkey! There are many balloons that take off at the same time each morning adding to the...
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Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world's greatest natural spectacles, its magical setting and abundant wildlife never failing to enthrall you. However the crater is just a small part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which offers a whole range of...
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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
Walking the city, I experienced more color than I thought possible! This sight stopped me in my tracks.
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Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 8/r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
There are few better places from which to enjoy river views and sunsets than the Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345. Spanning the Arno's narrowest point, this is the only bridge to have survived the German bombing of the city in 1944. There have always...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
At the end of a week-long stay in Antigua, attending intensive language classes, my brain was full of newly acquired verb-tenses and vocabulary lists--pleasantly full, but tired. I let my wife sleep in as I went for an early morning walk around...
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Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Myeongdong is a dizzying shopping mecca where every major Korean cosmetic and fashion brand has a store—or several. The Korea Tourism Organization estimates that more than 1 million visitors pass through the area every day. Anchored by the...
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Jordan
A couple days after seeing the Pyramids we came to Petra and were completely blown away. The walk through the canyon only builds up the excitement and then the Treasury appears immediately in front of you. The Pyramids might have been one of the...
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Lopes Mendes, Angra dos Reis - RJ, Brazil
Lopes Mendes is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil and from what I saw it is! This is one of the only beaches we went to on the island that had waves. We had a great time watching all the surfers and even had the opportunity to...
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Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
When visiting Moscow, one has to go to Red Square and the place that most stands out from a distance is St. Basil's Cathedral.
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Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, Yeni Cami Cd. No:3, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Visiting a mosque, to me, is always the strongest display of one's faith. I'm not Muslim, but every time I see the devout take some quiet time and create their own Oasis, I feel compelled to pause and contemplate.
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Balkans
There is always a bit of mystery and intrigue behind each bend of the road. In the middle of a very cold winter, I embarked on a humanitarian trip to the Satu Mare region of Romania. Cut off from their Hungarian heritage many small, outlying...
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Istanbul, Turkey
My roommates and I got really sick of people trying to constantly trying to convince us to go on overpriced tours while living and traveling in Turkiye. At the time we were students, and like most students, we didn't have a lot of money to spend,...
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Adorned with more than 20,000 blue handcrafted İznik tiles, stained-glass windows, and the golden brushstrokes of a 17th-century calligrapher, the Blue Mosque is the legacy of Sultan Ahmet I (1590–1617). The young sultan audaciously wished...
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Abasto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Turning the corner onto Pasaje Zelaya in the Abasto area of Buenos Aires reveals a shocking array of colors in a celebration of all things Argentinian. The walls on the buildings here are covered in poetry, song lyrics, tango dancers, portraits of...
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Undoubtedly, Venice is beautiful by day, but at night, it comes to life like very few other places do. There's no right or wrong place to be. Walk around, preferably with a loved one by your side, and stop at the bridges to watch the gondolas go...